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Bradwell decides against further FED discharges into the Blackwater Estuary MCZ

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced 21st June 2017: “The site of the former Bradwell nuclear power station [Blackwater estuary, Essex] has now successfully dealt with all of its Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste mdash; a major source of intermediate level radioactive waste at the Essex site.   “This is an important step towards the site’s planned closure, […]

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Radioactive levels around Bradwell, Essex, may not be safe says scientist

Dr. Chris Busby writes in The Ecologist, 2nd December 2016, with a commentary on the safety of levels of radioactivity in the Blackwater estuary, Essex, where the decommissioned Bradwell nuclear power station is currently seeking a permit to discharge additional radioactivity: “Magnox has applied to dissolve spent nuclear fuel canisters and release the liquid into […]

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Marinet suggests that new discharge permits for Bradwell, Essex, would be unlawful

Marinet has made a submission, dated 4th December 2016, to the Environment Agency in connection with the public consultation on whether Magnox Limited, the owner of the decommissioned nuclear power station at Bradwell, Essex, should be allowed to discharge waste radioactivity, heavy metals and nitrates from its existing and new pipeline into the Blackwater estuary. […]

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Two reports on Fukushima’s radiation and its environmental impact

We provide here two reports of the long-term environmental impact of the radiation from Fukushima’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear reactors. The first comes from the USA’s broadcaster PBS, dated 9th March 2016. The second comes from Greenpeace, dated 22nd July 2016.   Report by Ken Buesseler, PBS, 9th March 2016 With the help of my colleagues in […]

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Marinet continues to ask the Environment Agency whether the FED discharge permit at Bradwell, Essex, is legal

On 18th September 2015 Marinet wrote to the Environment Agency to query whether the Fuel Element Debris (FED) permit covering discharges of heavy metals, nitrates and radionuclides from the now decommissioned Bradwell nuclear power station into the Bradwell estuary, Essex, is legal. This letter of query sought to establish the legality of the procedures which […]

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Fears that Bradwell on Essex coast could become regional radioactive waste centre

The Clacton and Frinton Gazette reports, 16th February 2016: A pressure group — The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) — wants more public consultation on nuclear waste being stored in the district. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group claims the site of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, is in danger of becoming a “regional store […]

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Marinet struggles to get Env. Agency to consider Bradwell licence “irregularities”

On 10th October 2015 Marinet reported that it had written to the Chairman of the Environment Agency Board, Sir Philip Dilley, asking him to investigate whether the issuing of a renewed licence to Magnox Limited to allow the company to continue to discharge waste radioactivity, heavy metals and nitrates from the decommissioning of the Bradwell […]

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Marinet asks Environment Agency whether Bradwell’s nuclear discharges are legal

Marinet has written, 5th October 2015, to the Environment Agency to ask whether the permission the Agency is giving to Magnox Limited, the company which owns the Bradwell nuclear power station on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, is legal. Download letter as a pdf file.   Magnox Limited is currently decommissioning the Bradwell nuclear power […]

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Bradwell nuclear waste discharges to Blackwater estuary – new permit “irregularities”

The Mersea Island Environmental Alliance, Essex, has announced in a press release, 3rd October 2015 [see below] that it believes irregularities exist in the application by Magnox Limited for a 24 months extension to its licence to discharge liquid radioactive waste into the Blackwater estuary from the Bradwell nuclear power station which is currently being […]

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Blackwater Estuary MCZ faces double challenge from Bradwell nuclear power station

The Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone in Essex (see map below) was designated a MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone in December 2013 on account, primarily, of its native oyster beds. The MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone incorporates the Colne Estuary SPASpecial Protection Areas (SPAsSpecial Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites […]

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Nuclear site Hazards from the Sea

In response to the Guardian article www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/11/nuclear-sites-sea-rise-tsunamis on the vulnerability of nuclear sites to erosion and global warning induced sea rise, co-ordinator of the Nuclear Consulting Group Dr. Paul Dorfman wrote: “It seems clear that nuclear facilities will be vulnerable to the effects of global warming, As the Institution of Mechanical Engineers stated in a […]

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Serious problems confronting Sellafield, Cumbria

The Ecologist reports, 27th October 2014: “Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. The fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if exposed to air, spreading intense radiation over a wide […]

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EU approves UK subsidies for new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant

The Guardian reports, 8th October 2014: “The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday gave the green light to a subsidy scheme that will enable the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for nearly 20 years. But the EC claimed that the decision had been made only after the financial arrangements put forward by […]

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Nuclear power companies agree deal to build a new nuclear power plant in West Cumbria

BBC News reports, 30th June 2014: “Plans to build Europe’s largest new nuclear project in Cumbria have taken a step forward after Toshiba and GDF Suez signed a deal to develop the site. The Japanese engineering giant will take a 60% stake in Nugen, the joint venture set up to develop the plant, with the […]

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Global Oceans Commission launches petition in support of its Report

A Global Ocean Commission press release, 3rd July 2014, states: “A week ago the Global Ocean Commission released its report and proposals for restoring ocean health. If you have not seen the report you can see it here. “As part of the Global Ocean Commission’s commitment to breathe life into its proposals it has started […]

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Concern and uncertainty exists over nuclear waste at Dungeness, Bradwell and Hinkley Point

In a report by marine pollution consultant, Tim Deere-Jones, it is evident that considerable uncertainty exists over the exact nature of proposals to package “fuel element debris” (FED) arising from the storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Magnox nuclear power stations at Dungeness (Kent), Bradwell (Essex) and Hinkley Point (Somerset); and, that concern exists over […]

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Winter storms will have increased sea to land transfer of radioactivity, advises report

Tim Deere-Jones, marine radioactivity consultant, has advised in a News Briefing released 29th January 2014 that: “This winter’s extreme weather will have had a major influence on the behaviour and fate of the radioactive wastes discharged to sea from UK nuclear sites. Radioactive material discharged to UK coastal waters from nuclear power stations, nuclear fuel […]

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Concern expressed over nuclear waste depository being sited in Cumbria

The Observer reports, 18th January 2014: “The government stands accused of drafting the consultation process to select the site of a multibillion-pound nuclear waste storage facility to favour a location that some geologists claim is unsuitable for burying radioactive material. Two leading geologists told the Observer that they believed the government was keen to push […]

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Debate grows over new Hinkley C nuclear power station

The Guardian reports, 18th December 2013: “The European Commission has started an investigation into UK plans to subsidise the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, in a challenge to the government’s plans to overhaul Britain’s creaking energy infrastructure. On the day royal assent was finally given to the coalition’s […]

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Scrutiny to be given to “hidden costs” of nuclear power

The Guardian reports, 1st December 2013: “The bill for cleaning up the huge Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria will rise even higher than its current estimated level of £70bn as operators struggle to assess the full scale of the task, according to sources close to the project. The warning comes just days before private sector […]

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