Bid to ship nuclear waste to West Somerset

Bid to ship nuclear waste to West Somerset

COUNCILLOR Tim Taylor said the authority had made its position on the import of nuclear waste clear.

Bid to ship nuclear waste to West Somerset

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

SEVENTY lorry loads of nuclear waste from Oldbury Power station in South Gloucestershire could be moved to Hinkley Point A to be processed and stored under plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

They say the move makes financial sense and that it is safe.

However, West Somerset councillors are being urged to object to the plans to move 144 tonnes of the nuclear waste between 2020 to 2022.

The district council has argued that extra nuclear waste should not be brought into the area.

West Somerset Council Leader, Cllr Tim Taylor,  said the authority had made its position on the import of nuclear waste from outside the district clear when it granted consent for preparatory work for the proposed Hinkley Point C station in July 2011.

It was a condition of that consent that no nuclear waste from outside the area should be brought into West Somerset.

A similar condition had been imposed when Somerset County Council granted permission for Hinkley Point A many years before.

“We are consultees, it is not up to West Somerset to make the decision but we are opposed to bringing in any nuclear waste to the Hinkley Point site – A, B or C – from outside.

"I believe my fellow councillors will agree to that,” said Cllr Taylor.

“We are also very critical of the way the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has consulted on this.

"The information is available on their website – but I very much doubt that many people would be aware of that.

"It has been up to West Somerset Council to pass on that information to other interested parties such as parish councils. We have taken this up with the NDA and remain cricical of the consultation to date.”

A spokesman for Stop Hinkley, which campaignsagainst nuclear power in the South-West, said: “We think all of the nuclear wasteshould stay close to the site and surface.

“We don't believe that the industry should be moving nuclear waste around as it increases the risk of dosage to the public.

“When dealt with on site there is a risk to workers but it is all relative as they are being paid and know the dangers.”

Ben Hamilton, head of stakeholder relations at the NDA said: “Clearly, safety and security are the biggest priority we have in terms of all of our planning work.

“We have made it very very clear we wouldn’t carry out any of these proposals if we thought there was going to be a significant increase in risk.”

The NDA made the proposals in a paper published last November regarding their preferred options for dealing with nuclear waste.

The paper is under consultation and comments can be made until January 31. There are plans to build a new store at Hinkley A for the storage of intermediate level waste and a new dissolution plant to process fuel element debris.

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4:24pm Fri 24 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Would of thought as Oldbury is on an industrial site it would be easier to store Hinkleys waste up there rather than vice versa, and why not transport it by ship rather than lorry as both are near docks.
Would of thought as Oldbury is on an industrial site it would be easier to store Hinkleys waste up there rather than vice versa, and why not transport it by ship rather than lorry as both are near docks. FreeSpeech?
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9:16pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jack0001 says...

I would like to store nuclear waste closer to my house in Taunton, just to save money on electric. Nothing beats possibility of glowing during the night. Hope we attract more visitors to our somerset nuclear waste center and our businesses will grow. Happy days for our kids and animals. More radioactive substances can help us with healthy living
I would like to store nuclear waste closer to my house in Taunton, just to save money on electric. Nothing beats possibility of glowing during the night. Hope we attract more visitors to our somerset nuclear waste center and our businesses will grow. Happy days for our kids and animals. More radioactive substances can help us with healthy living jack0001
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Sat 25 Jan 14

PCAH says...

The NDA National Contract for nuclear waste and decommissioning is still out to tender. PCAH has responded to the public consultation by stating that if public safety is prioritised instead of price there will be no possibility of any reprocessing of fuel element debris or intermediate level waste at Hinkley. The earlier optioneering study was designed to result in acid dissolution which would mean discharging over 250,000 cubic metres of poisonous radioactive gases into the atmosphere. Since vents were installed in the two Hinkley A Magnox reactor cores in 2006 perinatal mortality in Somerset has doubled and skin cancer is 46% higher than in adjacent counties. The ILW vaults must remain sealed at least until there is a UK Geological Disposal Facility. The chances of that are diminishing as the dangers of moving any of the Sellafield waste to the Lake District or any other part of the UK are becoming more widely exposed. The cover up is fracturing but we still need Public Health England to do what we're paying it for - order the shut down of all the UK nuclear sites and impose safety as the overriding priority for all waste and decommissioning work, starting with the NDA national contract. We might also ask what the Office for Nuclear Regulation is for if it can't even order the shut down of both the Hinkley B AGR reactors before they become the next Fukushima, right on our doorstep.
The NDA National Contract for nuclear waste and decommissioning is still out to tender. PCAH has responded to the public consultation by stating that if public safety is prioritised instead of price there will be no possibility of any reprocessing of fuel element debris or intermediate level waste at Hinkley. The earlier optioneering study was designed to result in acid dissolution which would mean discharging over 250,000 cubic metres of poisonous radioactive gases into the atmosphere. Since vents were installed in the two Hinkley A Magnox reactor cores in 2006 perinatal mortality in Somerset has doubled and skin cancer is 46% higher than in adjacent counties. The ILW vaults must remain sealed at least until there is a UK Geological Disposal Facility. The chances of that are diminishing as the dangers of moving any of the Sellafield waste to the Lake District or any other part of the UK are becoming more widely exposed. The cover up is fracturing but we still need Public Health England to do what we're paying it for - order the shut down of all the UK nuclear sites and impose safety as the overriding priority for all waste and decommissioning work, starting with the NDA national contract. We might also ask what the Office for Nuclear Regulation is for if it can't even order the shut down of both the Hinkley B AGR reactors before they become the next Fukushima, right on our doorstep. PCAH
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