Billions

Remember that line about how Nukiller power generation would leave everyone with electricity bills which would be too cheap to meter ?

Well it’s not worked out that way.

– URENCO is now £2.1.billion in the red.

Last year they had a €8.5 million ($9.6 million) loss.

– Toshiba owned Westinghouse Electric have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

– The EDF share price continues to fall.

It had a net debt of €37.4bn at the end of last year.

&

– The amount paid out to clean up Britain decommission reactors continues to grow.

We might celebrate about how all these losses are going to impact upon new build, but we still do need to close down all the existing plants.

After that there is a major clean up with needs to done, and guess who is going to pay for it all?

We poor current & future tax payers.

So much for too cheap.

New DRS Train Engine Names, Or Prometheus 88 ?

DRS is best know as the wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which hauls radioactive waste along the British railways network.

Direct Rail Services [ DRS ] are getting new class 88 engines.

The current issue of the Railway Magazine lists some of the names which these new engines are being given.

They include Genesis, Pandora, and Prometheus.

Prometheus was the Greek god who who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind.

There is another reason why this name is so apt: –

The Promethus Crisis.

That is the title of a 1976 novel by Thomas N. Scortia, & Frank M. Robinson, which is all about a melt down in a nukiller reactor.

Short Term – Long Term

We are now living through that what is an interesting and highly frightening political period.

Just two words sum up many of the problems we are up against:- Brexit and Thrump.

Yet we do need to look at what else is happening in the world, and start thinking beyond the next decade.

Here are just a few of these long term issues summed up in five headlines:-

‘Extraordinary’ levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench.

What The New Fukushima Unit 2 Inspection May Indicate.

U.K. nuclear safety regulations place too low a value on human life.

7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution.

Analysis of “Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate”.

What worries me is how a lot of people concentrate upon very short term issues, and think about political action[s] in a very seasonal way.

While what is really needed is some long term day by week by month by year by decades long hard slog campaigning, and some major life style changes.

Radioactive Waste – A New Policy In The Making ?

What ever happened to the proposal to create a new Interim radioactive waste site for the UK ?

Some years ago there was a lot of proposals being make about just where this might be, but one by one all of these proposals seem of been quietly forgotten.

Though we still keep reading references to this idea on many government and nukiller industry documents.

My suspicion is that there is a new ground plan in place as to how this radioactive waste might be stored.

Here in a few news headline is why I suspect this is what might well be going on.

Chapelcross nuclear waste storage facility size increase approved.

Ministry of Defence chooses Capenhurst to store nuclear submarine waste

Routes nuclear waste from other power plants will travel to Bradwell revealed

‘ The intermediate level waste, which would come from Sizewell in Suffolk and Dungeness in Kent, typically consists of sludge, sand, gravel and metal.

Then we have last years Cumbria County Council decision to allow more waste to be stored at Drigg.

The key point to keep in mind is that these sites have existing NUCLEAR SITE LICENCES.

There is also a lot more room at Springfields to store such waste, or at Capenhurst for all the existing waste which will result when the existing Royal Navy nukiller powered submarines are decommissioned.

Then there will be all of the radioactive reactors which will come from the now being built Astute-class submarines.

As Sellafield is going to take over 100 years to clean up, with not much room for more waste, then we may well be seeing the start of a new and unannounced radioactive waste storage policy coming in to existence.

 

Thinking About Self Education

I have never wanted to be an ‘expert’ or specialist in any shape or form.

All I’ve ever wanted to be is a good All Rounder.

Thus I have focused all of my self education activities.to that end.

That includes what I might read, or viewed in the many museums and art galleries which I visited over the years.

Such visits are also my idea of fun.

In my younger days I was lucky enough to pay ahort visis to such places at the British Museum, National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery during my lunch breaks.
Plus spend my time browsing within both radical bookshops, and all the ones along the Charing Cross Road.

Spending much of my life working within libraries has also contributed towards my self education.

I also enjoy public talks on the few occasions when they occur.

Understand all of that and you will get a good idea about how my thinking goes.

Now that I’m retired I would of liked to spend some of my time in undertaking an adult education course. Though that has become much more difficult to do as many of these day courses have been cut, while I’m spending a lot of my time engaged in Campaigning activities.

Museums, Art Galleries, and Libraries are essential if we wish to create a very knowledgeable society.

Every cut to them is something which harms us all.

This needs to be said time & time & time again.

Radioactive Toshing

Toshing

The go ahead has just been given to store radioactive sludge, sand,  metal,  and  gravel at Bradwell.

This radioactive tosh will come from the Dungeness & Sizewell reactors.

It will be taken by Road to Bradwell from the railway station at Southminster.

Which Rail Routes ?

What this news story does not mention is which routes this waste will be transported to Southminster.

Yet we can work out some of this from the routes upon which used nukiller fuel rods are transported to Sellafield.

Sizewell.

All the used fuel rods from Sizewell are transported by road to Saxmunden, & then south via Shenfield.

There is a line from Shenfield to Southminster.

So that should be the logical route which it will take.

Dungeness.

All the used fuel rods from Dungeness are taken by train via Appledore, then on via Ashford International to Crewe, and so on to Sellafield.

Now comes the interesting questions.

Which route will be used to carry this waste ?

The line to Shenfield goes via Stratford, but which route will be used from Ashford to Stratford ?

&

At which point will it cross the Thames ?

What kind of containers ?

Of course we do not know exactly what levels of radioactivity this waste will be emitting, or Just how much of it there will be.

So we can only speculate about just which kind of containers it will be transported in, and just how many months or years it will take.

How long will it be stored ?

The other unspoken question is just how long it is intended to store this muck at Bradwell.

Could it be that this will become the back door way of creating a long term Low and intermediate level radioactive waste depositary for the UK ?

Though that will not work, as Bradwell, Dungeness, and Sizewell are going to be effected by rising sea levels.

Information Needed – Decommissioning The Railway Waste Flasks

Being an effective campaigner and activist means reading a lot of background reports upon a very wide range of issues.

Yet when it comes down to developing that work it is another matter, as one can be very hard pressed to find the info one needs.

At present I’m looking for any information about how long the flasks in which nukiller waste are transported upon our railways have been in use.

More importantly – I want to find out anything about how they are decommissioned, or might be decommission in the future.

All ideas and references about this would be most welcome.

Working on.

From time to time I stop and think that there has been so much to do of late, that most of my time has been spent in reading about, or working upon various issues. That includes a lot of networking, commenting various issues, and passing on information to others.

Thus there has been little time to pen anything new.

That’s always the problem with multi issue campaigning.

Well that’s the way it goes.

So to save some time I’ll just list a few of the issue I’ve been looking at, or working upon over the last few months.

The AP 1000 reactor.

Capenhurst.

The danger of Pavement parking.

Moorside.

The Pitchford Inquiry.

Prisoners for Peace.

Though that’s just a starter list.

At present I am in the middle of some work which relates to DRS & the transport of nuklller waste on the railways.

The good thing is that I should be able to pen a little more over the next month or so.

Renting Just Like SMRs

Rent to Buy

Mention housing to anyone who lives in Britain, and you will get to hear a very worrying list of anecdotal stories.

All of which show that everything to do with buying, selling, and renting housing is a legal or financial mess.

Not only a mess, but a very controversial one at that.

Take for example: –

Rent to Buy, which is refereed to as Buy to Rent, and gives no housing security to tenants If the landlord defaults on their mortgage.

Then there are landlords who complain about bad tenants,and tenants who complain about bad landlords. Both of which [ may ] have some very good reasons for doing so.

As I say – It’s a mess.

Now enter the Developers

Of course much of this mess comes down to how housing is regarded as a way in which to make a quick profit, rather than a source of long term housing, or long term income.

It all comes down to making a profit by any means, rather than looking at what might be achieved in the long term.

That’s why there are so many houses being built, or which have been built, in the middle of high risk flood plains.

Then comes all of the flooding which will result from Rising tides.

As with Housing the same with the Nukiller industry.

Many of the existing reactors are by the coast, and will be effected by rising tides within the next 20 to 30 years.

Yet the nukiller industry keep playing down this danger, as with everything else they do.

A modular exercise.

The current fashion is for the nukiller industry to talk about how all our problems will be solved by the construction of Small Modular Reactors.

Yet these Small Modular Reactors are like those flats which are being sold by developers way before the foundation work is done.

They are sold on the illustrations of what these flats might look like, but no one has any idea of the quality of the materials used, or just what the standard of construction work might be.

Then when they all go wrong, those who buy them as an investment will cry out that ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’.

Meanwhile – The tenants get to suffer within these badly constructed slums of the future, and pay for the privilege of doing so.

While we the tax payers will be expected to pay for the long term clean up costs.

Sounds familiar ?