I’m currently reading a lot about Capenhurst, and the issue of just what happens to depleted Uranium Hexafluoride.
There are a number of issues which follow on from this research, but it is going to take a while before any report on it is completed.
In the meanwhile there are a lot of questions which have been thrown up.
Such as: – Just how will all of this Hex be decommission ?
One thing is very obvious to me.
URENCO has created a major problem due to the way in which Uranium is enriched, and that is in the form of a very large quantity of depleted Uranium Hexafluoride.
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.
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.
A brief list of some of the issues which various campaigning groups are currently working on, or which relate to these concerns.
– Horizon (now 100% Hitachi owned)
Waste processing and storage.
– Sellafield [ Windscale ].
– New proposals for the medium and long term storage of radioactive waste.
– Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride [ Hex ].
Civil Liberties and Secrecy.
– The Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
– Official Secrecy.
– Nukiller Waste trains
– DRS [ Direct Rail Services ] which have depots at Crewe and Carlisle.
– Advance Uranium Asset Management Ltd, which transports Hex by Road & Sea.
– James Fisher and Sons – Barrow.
– Bibby – Liverpool.
– ACL – Liverpool.
– BHP Billiton.
– Indigenous peoples and land rights.
– Mining Pollution.
Uranium Enrichment, and Fuel Fabrication.
Rising Tides and the danger of existing plants being flooded.
Ongoing Safety and Cost Issues.
– All of the above.
Supporting Campaigns in Other Countries.
– The USA.
I’ve recently put together a 200 page binder file of notes, maps, illustrations, graphics, and photos, which cover all the main aspects of the nukiller power industry.
Amongst other things there is a lot of information about nukiller waste transport, URENCO / Capenhurst, Uranium Hex / Uranium Hex transport, etc, etc.
This file also includes some historical information about flood & storms around existing reactors, and the current flood maps which go along with them.
There are also various maps which show the location of various reactors in a number of countries, together with that of Uranium mines.
To back up all this information I also use the OS maps which show Hinkley, Sizewell, & Dungeness.
These are maps show exactly why these reactors are likely to be effected by storms and high tides.
This file is used both for any talks that which I might give, and as a way of giving ‘one 2 one’ background briefings to activists.
I’m very willing to go through it all with any activist who want to know the fuller picture, and has the time to do so.
Over the last few months I’ve been working upon a couple of campaigns which have taken up a lot of my time.
The first of these is the Close Capenhurst Campaign.
The other concerns the Atlantic Cartier, which is owned by the Atlantic Container Line [ ACL ], and managed by Bibby Ship Management.
I’ve also been co-editing the latest issue of Information For Social Change.
Next weekend I’ll be at Heysham.
Sometimes it takes me a while to write up what I’ve been thinking about of late, but that’s because there may be a lot else happening in my life.
For example: –
– Next week I’ll be giving a lunch time talk about nukiller power in Liverpool.
– In March I’ll be marking Fukushima day.
– While in April I’ll be engaged upon letting people know about just what goes on at Capenhurst.
All of these events take time to organise, but it’s so important to just keep working away on them.