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Radioactive pollution : is it reported accurately?

The New York Times reports, 15th November 2017: LONDON — Scientists across Europe have been puzzling about a phenomenon that seemed laden with mystery and menace in somewhat uneven proportions — a concentration of radioactive pollution caused by a nuclide called ruthenium 106. Official monitors in France and Germany concluded that, based on weather patterns, […]

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Fukushima: Robots being used to map radioactive debris inside wrecked reactors

The BBC reports, 23rd July 2017: An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says. Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen underneath its unit three reactor. If confirmed, it would […]

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Hinkley’s dredged radioactive mud to be dumped offshore from Cardiff

The Observer reports, 15th October 2017: More than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic by-product of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged to make way for England’s newest nuclear power station and dumped in the Severn estuary just over a mile from Cardiff. Politicians in Wales have denounced the move, […]

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Petition to Welsh Assembly to stop dumping of Hinkley radioactive waste

A Petition organised by Tim Deere-Jones, Environmental pollution consultant, is requesting the Welsh Assembly to urge the Welsh Government to suspend the licence it has granted for the dumping of dredged radioactive waste from Hinkley Point nuclear power station into Welsh inshore coastal waters. The background briefing for the Petition reads: We call on the […]

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Tritium contaminated water from Fukushima to be dumped in Pacific Ocean

The Independent reports, 15th July 2017: Water tainted with tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, is to be released into the Pacific Ocean, says the head of the company responsible for the Fukushima clean-up operation. There are around 580 of barrels containing the radioactive water which was used to cool the nuclear plant’s damaged reactors. […]

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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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