A geological formation in Derbyshire could be considered for a nuclear waste facility, it is feared. The Government is scouring the UK for a suitable location for a new £12 billion geological disposal facility (GDF). Cumbria was being lined up to to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity - but its county council rejected the idea in 2013, forcing the Government to search for a new location. Now a neighbouring council has discussed hosting the nuclear waste dumping facility in a sedimentary basin known as the Widmerpool Gulf - which extends across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. A response to a Government package of incentives designed to get communities to agree to ‘host’ a storage complex has been discussed by Leicestershire County Council, reports the Leicester Mercury . Any facility would look to bury waste at least 200 metres below ground somewhere in a geological … [Read more...] about Why Derbyshire might end up hosting a nuclear waste facility
Concerns have been raised that parts of north Leicestershire could be earmarked for a potential dumping facility for nuclear waste. The Government is seeking a site to develop as a £12billion geological disposal facility (GDF) to store an estimated 750,000 cubic metres of radioactive material that has been produced by 50 years of nuclear power and defence activity. Leicestershire County Council has this week agreed a response to a proposed Government package of incentives designed to get communities to agree to ‘host’ a storage complex that would see the waste buried at least 200 metres underground. Max Hunt, the opposition Labour group's environment spokesman, said he was concerned the Widmerpool Gulf, an area between Melton and Nottingham, could be deemed a suitable for a GDF. He said: "Widmerpool Gulf is geologically favourable for storing such material. "It was an area suggested for such a facility around 25 years ago. "It may well be a place the Government looks … [Read more...] about Could county be ideal spot for nuclear waste dump?
Saudi Arabia has been accused of attempting to cut off former British protectorate Qatar from international trade with plans for a new military base and nuclear-waste burial site close to its border. Riyadh is said to want to build a new industrial and economic hub and excavate a waterway along Qatar’s sole land border, allowing shipping to bypass the emirate. News of the plan has prompted fears that Qatar, which has large natural reserves of oil and gas, could be cut off and effectively turned into an island. Read more Qatar: Saudi Arabia is a 'bully' that risks destabilising Middle East Qatar fighter jets intercept passenger flight, says UAE US court allows lawsuits claiming Saudi Arabia helped plan 9/11 Qatar allows women to do military service for first time Qatar is at the centre of a crisis that has been deepening since June, after neighbouring countries cut off diplomatic, trade and travel ties with it and imposed a land, air and sea blockade. Saudi Arabia, the United … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia mulls plans to turn Qatar into island by building canal along border and dumping nuclear waste there
Top secret fights taking nuclear waste between Britain and the US will reportedly continue until late next year. Four US Air Force flights carrying highly enriched uranium from Dounreay power station in the Scottish Highlands are said to have left Wick John O'Groats airport bound for South Carolina. Yet authorities have never confirmed any of the deliveries. Dounreay, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Police Scotland, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Wick Airport all refused to comment when asked. Details of the flights apparently became public when Highland Council informed residents about road closures surrounding the airport - as it is legally obliged to do so. An order published last week was said to be code for "nuclear waste on the move", suggesting the next consignment could be imminent. The authority's notice, published in two local newspapers, said: "The order has been made by reason that the council, as highway authority , is satisfied that traffic on the road should … [Read more...] about Top secret flights carrying deadly nuclear waste from Britain to the US revealed
PARIS (Reuters) – French police launched a surprise operation at dawn on Thursday to evict protesters from a site earmarked for storage of nuclear waste in the Bure area of eastern France. The interior ministry announced the evacuation after it was underway, with scores of police in body armour moving in before daylight to evict activists occupying the zone, backed up by an earthmover. The plan to store long-life nuclear waste 500 metres below ground in impermeable clay has not yet got government approval and is strongly opposed by local groups and environmentalists. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is keen to prevent a proliferation of such protester-occupation movements following one that lasted year at a site earmarked for a new airport near Nantes in the west of France – a building plan it dropped last month. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Brian Love) … [Read more...] about French police clear nuclear waste protest site in pre-dawn swoop