Nuclear regulator investigated over “lax attitude to safety".
Whitehall is investigating the nuclear regulator after The Times revealed that several serious accidents had been dismissed as posing no safety risk.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has come under fire from experts who argue it is too close to the industry to police it rigorously.
The inadvertent discharge of a torpedo at a nuclear submarine docks in Plymouth, a complete power cut at the country’s nuclear weapons base and the contamination of at least 15 workers with radioactive material were among the events it had said were of no concern.
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NUCLEAR WASTE SURVEY
9 out of 10 people completely unaware of the presence of dangerous nuclear waste 3 miles from Lydney
We have found that many local people are not aware of the fact that 3 miles from Lydney there is the UK’s largest Intermediate nuclear waste store of its kind.
We conducted a survey of people in Lydney on Friday 18th November to find out what percentage are aware that there is a nuclear waste store on their doorstep: over 90% had no knowledge of the store and most expressed dismay and concern.
The results were not unexpected, given the poor record of the nuclear industry sharing their plans with those of us in the Forest of Dean:
The local press printed our press release in full detailing our findings.
Intermediate Level Waste Store at Berkeley
It is surprising how few people looking directly across the river from Lydney docks realise that the sports hall-like building on the other bank is in fact a new storage facilty for dangerous intermediate level radioactive waste.
Originally it was to be a temporary storage facilty but now it looks like it is here to stay for a long time. Magnox say it is only until underground repositories can be found, but that seems increasingly unlikely to happen; and with Sellafield full, and in a mess regarding safety, there is little doubt that this storage faclity is not going away any time soon.
The original planning permission application was for a Low Level Waste store just for waste from Berkeley. However, it now holds the far more dangerous intermediate level waste and the permit covers waste from Oldbury, Sizewell and Dungeness Nuclear Power Stations as well as Berkeley.
Stroud News and Journal reported on the 18th February 2016:
NUCLEAR waste from other power stations is now being stored in Berkeley despite residents being told that this would never happen.
Members of the Magnox-run power station’s site stakeholder group (SSG) were told that waste from Sizewell A and Dungeness A power stations would be kept at Berkeley via Oldbury.
Magnox began storing the waste using Ductile Cast Iron Containers, but finding concrete to be cheaper, they are now also applying to build a plant to encapsulate the waste in concrete.
The fact is that nuclear waste storage is a problem without a solution, yet the Government seems hell bent on rushing in to a new tranch of Nuclear Power stations without any regard to the problems of safety and cost it is storing up for future generations.
How can they even consider building a new nuclear power station when the horrendous nuclear waste storage problems are still not sorted out?
And see Nuclear news, left, for how the Government was forced to admit that the taxpayer, not the foreign owned nuclear power companies, will pick up the bill for nuclear wste disposal
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