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.

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– 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.

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.

 

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 ?

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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.

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 ?

What We Need Right Now – Campaigning Workaholics.

With just so few anti-nukilller power activists and groups there is always a very large amount of campaigning work which needs to be done.

Here is an account of just one aspect of this work, and why we need more people campaigning right now.

Field Notes from the”Delegated Decision” to Sweep Ever More Nuclear Waste Under the West Coast at Drigg

On the 15th of July the County’s Development Control and Regulatory Committee took the “delegated decision” to approve a plan on behalf of Cumbria  to stack shipping containers of nuclear wastes ever higher and then to cap them and walk away.

Now for the follow up campaigning work, for which we will need much more help in the coming months, years, and decades.

Currently Working On

It seems like every day this month there has been a lot to do.

Here is what I’m now focusing upon right now.

On Friday July 15th I’ll be in Cumbria to oppose the expansion of the Drigg Nukiller Waste Dump.

While on Saturday July 23rd I’ll be outside of the DRS Depot at Crewe.  This is a part of the Co-ordinated Nukiller Waste Train Protests which are going on that day

In between there are protests about Trident which need to be made.

As Was Or As Predicted.

The way in which the nukiller power industry views any potential future ‘accidents’ or potential natural disasters, is based upon some very short term thinking.

Much of what forms such risk assessments is based upon the Historical Record.

Yet people have short memories, or think ‘it will never happen here’.

That would seem to be the line which is taken by the nukiller power industry.

Yet consider the following historical events.

The East Midlands earthquake – 1185

The Dover Straits earthquake – 1580

The Great English earthquake – 1884

The Swansea earthquake – 1906

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The Dogger Bank earthquake – 1931

For the nukiller industry it comes down to some very shaky thinking.

Flooding

Now consider the risk of flooding & rising tides at the Sizewell, Dungeness, Hinkley, and Heysham reactor sites. This is going to be a major problem to deal with over the next few years,

So lets go back to the Historical record, and the risk of Flooding on Romney Marsh.

400 BC the Dungeness area was under the sea.

It could well happen again.

Yet the Nukiller industry continues to take very short term view of such dangers, even thought the waste they produce will last thousands of years.

Sellafield

The thinking about what might happen to nukiller reactors is scary enough, but the prospects of what might happen to all of the radioactive waste make for a much more frightening scenario.

Here is just one industry report which illustrates what might happen at at sellafield, and how they plan to deal with it.

The Final Report to ONR on the application of the ENSREG Stress Tests to the Sellafield Site.

In this report there is a lot written about the various safeguards which have been, or will be put in place, but just look at the condition of the plant right now: –

Leaked Sellafield photos reveal “massive radioactive release” threat

Not Good !

Though the reality of what might happen can be seen by looking a the flood map for the area.

I might well be accused on banging on & on & on & on & on about these issues, but there are a very good set of reasons for doing so.