Deep under Sweden's soil could lie a solution to the UK's nuclear waste problem

Monday, March 10, 2008

Robin Pagnamenta in Oskarshamn, Sweden

Inside the cavernous hall of a nuclear storage plant in southern Sweden, an 18-tonne steel canister, bristling with tiny fins to draw out excess heat, is being hauled slowly through a hatch by a crane.

Packed with highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel from a reactor north of Stockholm, the canister is being made ready for 30 years of storage in pools sunk into the bedrock. Once it cools sufficiently, it will be placed permanently in a final repository deep underground.

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'Dirty bomb' threat as UK ships plutonium to France

Monday, March 10, 2008

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor - Sunday, 9 March 2008 - From Sellafield, an ordinary, unarmed ferry is to transport weapons-ready plutonium – material that could easily be used to make a 'dirty bomb'

Weapons-ready plutonium that terrorists could easily make into a nuclear bomb is to be carried hundreds of miles down the west coast of Britain in an unarmed ship, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

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Nuclear study finds link to heart disease

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

By Clive Cookson, Science Editor

A big study of nuclear workers has suggested an unexpectedly strong link between radiation exposure and heart disease.

The study, published yesterday, analysed health records and radiation doses for 65,000 people employed at four nuclear sites - Sellafield, Capenhurst and Springfields, in north-west England, and Chaplecross in south-west Scotland - between 1946 and 2005.

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Minister admits nuclear fuel plant produces almost nothing

Monday, March 3, 2008

A nuclear plant built at a cost of £470m to provide atomic fuel to be used in foreign power stations has produced almost nothing since it was opened six years ago, the government has admitted.

The mixed oxide (Mox) facility at Sellafield in Cumbria - which was opposed by green groups as uneconomic - was originally predicted to have an annual throughput of 120 tonnes of fuel.

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Locals struggling at Sellafield

Monday, February 25, 2008

The complex job of cleaning up Britain’s dirtiest nuclear site is drawing some of the world’s biggest engineering companies to the poorest corner of north-west England, but local companies are wondering how they will fare in the fight for lucrative contracts.

Sellafield, in Cumbria, is the biggest prize currently available in nuclear decommissioning, with decades of work to undo the problems caused by 50 years of atomic research.

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Nuclear plant scraps £1m workers' travel subsidy

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sellafield is to scrap the £1m plus it spends every year subsidising workers' travel to and from the site.
The money is paid directly to Stagecoach and Northern Rail.

The companies, in turn, provide cheaper fares for workers but Sellafield Ltd has confirmed that bosses are looking to end the subsidy by April 2010.

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Nuclear clean-up plant gets go-ahead

Friday, February 15, 2008

A CONTROVERSIAL £6 million nuclear decontamination plant planned for Workington can go ahead.

Studsvik UK was granted a nuclear site licence by the Health and Safety Executive on Wednesday.

The plant will decontaminate low-level radioactive metal from the nuclear industry and sell it on to be reused.

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Trawsfynydd’s future

Friday, February 1, 2008

Feb 1 2008 by Tom Simone, Daily Post

Radioactive waste – mostly caesium and cobalt, with traces of uranium – will be stored at Trawsfynydd until the government designates a national depository.

Although there are no definite plans for what to do with radioactive waste in the long term, a geological solution, where waste is buried, is favoured.

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Reactors could burn weapons plutonium

Monday, December 24, 2007

A new generation of nuclear power plants could burn 100 tonnes of surplus weapons-grade plutonium as a good way of keeping it away from terrorists, according to scientists working for the European Union.

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Organs of miscarried babies 'were used in Sellafield nuclear testing'

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

London Evening Standard, 4 December 2007

The organs of miscarried and stillborn babies may have been harvested for testing by nuclear scientists, it emerged yesterday.

Victims of road accidents could also have been part of the grisly programme set up to establish whether workers at Sellafield had suffered radiation poisoning.

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