Gov’t: UK nuclear facility is ‘intolerable risk’ — Radioactive waste poses significant risks to people and environment

Published: November 7th, 2012 at 1:41 pm ET


Title:Sellafield nuclear waste storage is ‘intolerable risk’
Source:  BBC News
Date: 7 November 2012
h/t Anonymous tip

An “intolerable risk” is being posed by hazardous waste stored in run-down buildings at Sellafield nuclear plant, a watchdog has found.

The National Audit Office (NAO) […] concluded that over the five decades it was open, operators failed to plan how to dispose of the radioactive waste and some of the older facilities have “deteriorated so much that their contents pose significant risks to people and the environment”. […]

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the public accounts committee, said: […] “Hazardous radioactive waste is housed in buildings which pose ‘intolerable risks to people and the environment’. […]

Dr Ruth Balogh, of West Cumbria and North Lakes Friends of the Earth [said] “We shouldn’t build any new nuclear reactors if we can’t deal with the radioactive mess that’s already been created.”

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Published: November 7th, 2012 at 1:41 pm ET


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29 comments to Gov’t: UK nuclear facility is ‘intolerable risk’ — Radioactive waste poses significant risks to people and environment

  • New NRC post, please visit, review, comment in a fairly nice but critical way


    That doesnt make sense “allows them time to get backup systems ready”
    Sheesh, if its a backup system, it ought to be ready 24/7

    I heard your EDGs don’t get tested under load and operating the actual emergency circuits they would need to operate in practice. Please comment on this.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Just last week Sellafield delivered a load of MOX (recycled German plutonium) for the NPP Grohnde in northern Germany.
    We need to shut down all the cancer factories.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    "Intolerable Risk" applies to every reactor in the world. Each is a time-bomb, train-wreck, ready to happen.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      "An “intolerable risk” is being posed by hazardous waste…. And it is true in the U.S. as well. They have no place for it to go and some plants are almost filled up with nuclear waste.

  • My dad only worked at the marshalling yards where BNFL casks came thru in the NW – came home with a swollen neck back in the 80's. Went white with some of the things he saw whilst on contract to them.
    Under a specialist now for mystery lung breathlessness…
    Kind of sums up the government's capacity for death that the stuff is still trundling around Europe..

    • arclight arclight

      thanks for the testimony.. hope things work out ok for your dad..
      we need to a grips of this waste etc in the uk,, nuclear corporations has proved that the "kick the can down the road" theory works well for the shareholders.. now maybe the shareholders can replace some of that profit they have been making on cleaning up the results of their profits..

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      @ 53north. I'm so sorry for your dad, not only his challenges to become healthy once more, but, what it did to him to see sometimes what others were doing. There are others like him who have stories that would make our jaws drop. Wouldn't it be a kindness if there were a support group for those who saw such things and worked in such conditions? They probably wouldn't feel comfortable telling the whole world, but, they could at least share their experiences with others in the group ad not feel alone. I hope the doctors are taking into consideration the materials he was exposed to back in the 80's that could wreak havoc on his immune system now.

  • DrSpindrift

    Margaret Hodge did not mince her words in the report. Not just 'intolerable risk' but 'intolerable risk to people and the environment'.

    If intolerable for the people of Cumbria, why has the UK government facilitated the takeover of the Horizon nuclear facility in Anglesea by Hitachi/GE, a facility abandoned by the German investors? Because of the company's outstanding safety record? Or because there are no jobs in Anglesea?

    And why did none of the press reports in the UK on the takeover mention the link between Hitachi and GE? Has GE had some adverse press coverage recently?

    The UK government is playing high stakes roulette with its energy policy. The poor people of Fukushima know what it is like to lose.

    • arclight arclight

      i think you will find GE and hitachi are working together.. i reckon the heavy forging will be done in china .. there was a press release that the iaea had done a deal with china for large metal works..

      this has been played down because the quality satandards in china are lower… and cheaper ..

      its interesting what they are NOT saying…
      great comment

    • GE runs the press coverage, they own 620 media outlets.

      • arclight arclight

        great point stock.. and WPP will be lurking around.. statoil.. lord mandelson, tony blair.. and BP`s new deal with the russians
        and we are back on topic with my posts below..

        the deal is done.. imo the commodity wars latest battle.. imo

        the great carve up of the earths resources and spaces

        and no one is telling people that..

        GE and WPP again??

      • arclight arclight

        extract from or-wells poem seems appropriate here

        "..They have protection,
        using connections,
        avoiding inspection,
        squashing objections.

        Barrons of Bafflegab,
        Sultans of Spin,
        Marguis' of Media,
        smoke and mirrors within.

        Counts of Colleges,
        Dukes of University,
        Regents of Research,
        full of perversity.

        Teachers complicit,
        Healers obstructed,
        Farmers co-opted,
        nations corrupted…"

        and the rest here…

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      I think those are called "illuminating questions" DrSpindrift.

  • arclight arclight

    Britain’s nuclear push may stall as risks mount -Reuters

    “To put money into UK nuclear would be crazy,” said Dominic Nash, a utilities analysts at London-based investment bank Liberum Capital.

    Energy Fair, a research group of energy economists opposed to nuclear, said in a report last month that the true cost of nuclear could even be over 200 pounds per MWh once “hidden subsidies” are taken into account.

    Britain’s ultimate phallic symbol – useless, expensive Trident nuclear missile
    many defence experts now argue that a replacement deterrent is something that the UK neither needs nor can afford

    U.K. Will Reject EDF Nuclear Deal That Puts Burden on Consumers, Bloomberg By Sally Bakewell – Nov 6, 2012 The U.K. government is prepared to walk away from a deal with Electricite de France SA over plans to build the first nuclear plant in the country since the 1980s if the power price demanded by the utility is too high.

    and for you young people.. usa pop star visits uk nuclear

    • arclight arclight

      screw nuclear uk!!
      saikato hantai!!

      screw hitachi/GE too!

      Nuclear waste to burn at Sellafield?
      SUNDAY 01 JULY 2012
      GE Hitachi is poised to hand nuclear authorities a report that the US-Japanese joint venture believes will prove that Britain can solve its 100-tonne plutonium waste problem by burning it.

      The UK’s stockpile is the biggest civil waste deposit in the world, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which is responsible for cleaning it up, had planned to convert the plutonium into fuel for other reactors.

      However, GE Hitachi will say in a feasibility study to be handed to the NDA in the next two weeks that its Prism fast-reactor design could eliminate the waste, with the bonus of producing low-carbon electricity. The group wants to build a plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, and has agreed to submit a study to the NDA, which has previously been sceptical over fast-reactor technology.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        TY, arclight. They are making sure that the whole world will suffer for the mistakes of the nuclear industry. The whole world up in smoke.

  • arclight arclight

    thought i might pop this here too

    Hammerfest LNG set sails for Japan via Arctic route with 2 nuclear ice breakers -norway (escorted by russian nuclear icebreakers, nuclear free norway? if the money is right, maybe not?)
    Thomas Nilsen
    November 06, 2012

    When the tanker makes port call in Japan in less than two weeks’ time, her LNG cargo is highly appreciated by energy companies. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, Japan is in nearly desperate need for energy sources to replace nuclear power. So far, only two reactors have been restarted after all of Japan’s plants were shut down for stress tests after Fukushima. Anti-nuclear movements have good times in Japan.

    The LNG-tanker will be escorted by Russian nuclear powered icebreakers for most of the route along the north coast of Siberia. The 2012 season for sailing the route will be historical for two reasons; never before has the sailing season been so long – and never before has so much cargo been shipped along the route.

    russia have the control of the north sea passage? nice move!!
    and they are building more icebreakers
    and polluting the arctic for 50 years with heavy industry in the north..
    nice move indeed..
    forward planning..
    and they confirmed ownership too!

    • arclight arclight

      an accident waiting too happen??

      Russia late last week set the Severodvinsk, the most expensive nuclear submarine it has ever produced, to a another round of sea trials in hopes of testing its rickety missile launch systems and seeing if some 2000 other kinks identified in earlier trials have been worked out, Izvestia reported.
      Charles Digges, 05/11-2012

      or just an ecological tragedy?

      Trude Pettersen
      October 24, 2012
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      The quantities of waste observed are even higher than those found in a deep-sea canyon near the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
      …she suspects that the shrinking and thinning of the Arctic sea ice may play an important role. “Ship traffic has increased enormously since the ice cover has been continuously shrinking and getting thinner.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      hmmm..arclight, a case where global warming and sea ice melt leads to greater use of hydrocarbons which increases global warming and sea ice melt. The USA, Russia ad Japan and some European countries are already placing claims for the seafloor mineral extraction rights once all the ice melts enough. So, i don't think we'll see that industry admitting to global warming anytime soon and i fully expect them to continue to spend billions in spin campaigns every year to confuse the public about the actual global warming science. Remember the "Warming Earth" campaign back in the 1990's when they still admitted to global warming and tried to fob it off as a good thing? Big, big, bucks the likes they haven't seen in a long time if they can keep people from worrying about a warming earth.

  • arclight arclight

    and then there is the pollution from uk welsh and scottish nuclear sites too!
    the arctic is soooo buggered.. 🙁

  • If and when Russia gets tired of Turkey attacking Syria; the buildup to squash Iran; the antagonism of Georgia; the many millions of ill gotten Roubles stashed in Switzerland; the relief of Gaddafi's tribes in Algeria now; the posturing of Merkel…the spy refuge in Britain
    …then Nostradamus foresaw the UK blockaded from Vladivostok…and everybody said WTF?, and tried to read more into the quatrain.
    Hitler snd Napolean both underestimated Russia's Eastern factories…

  • Sue

    Ooops, and didn't see this one coming.

    Laser lab shifts focus to warheads

    US ignition facility will devote less time to energy research.
    After an unsuccessful campaign to demonstrate the principles of a futuristic fusion power plant, the world’s most powerful laser facility is set to change course and emphasize its nuclear weapons research.

    Does this mean that the Orion Laser Facility at Aldermaston, UK (the sister venture of the NIF) can now be cancelled? I think not.

    AWE Orion Laser Could take on US Warhead Design and Testing

    Oh come on.. I've moved all the way back from California to now have this almost on my doorstep. I don't bloody believe it.

  • arclight arclight

    cop this cameron

    UK ‘child abuse’ allegations “these revelations are only the tip of the iceberg”

    ”we know here at NAPAC, that there are more names to come that will shock the nation.. ” (Video)