Of primary concern on the United Kingdom’s nuclear landscape are the 15 Cold War legacy sites storing high amounts of radioactive waste, including Sellafield, that are to be decommissioned over the next several decades by the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Many of these are still semi-operational as civilian sites that, for example, reprocess nuclear fuel such as Sellafield’s Thorp facility. Of primary international concern is the cleaning up discharges from these NDA managed facilities. With help from Bellona, for instance, Sellafield reduced its discharges of deadly TC-99 by 98 percent. But other remnants of the race for the bomb remain and must be dealt with at NDA site. The country employs 23 nuclear reactors―of the Magnox , Advanced Gas Cooled, and Pressurised Water types―that provide for some 20 percent of its energy.
Torsdag 31. mai og fredag 1. juni arrangerer Bellona konferanse om Sellafield sammen med eierne av atomanlegget (Sellafield Ltd) og den norske organisasjonen Lofoten mot Sellafield. Blant temaene på konferansen er resultatene av stress-testen av Sellafield i etterkant av Fukushima-ulykken, status for tømningen av de 21 gamle tankene med flytende høyaktivt radioaktivt avfall og sikkerhetskulturen ved Sellafield.comments
The British government has rejected a £400m ($750m) bid for clean-up company British Nuclear Group Ltd. (BNG) from US engineering and construction firm Fluor Corp, the British newspaper the Independent reported this weekend.comments
The Bellona Working Paper No. 01:2005 /Nuclear Clean-up in Great Britain /aims to give an overview of British thinking in the organisation and planning of the clean-up work at hand. The facilities due to be decommissioned are identified and described, with specific steps of action pointed out in the conclusion that Bellona considers should rank high on the British agenda.comments