And what about small modular reactors (SMRs)?

To understand the extent of the hype from the nuclear industry and government alike about SMRs one should read the March Nuclear Monitor: https://www.wiseinternational.org/nuclear-monitor, to whom we are indebted for this cartoon and excerpt. “There’s nothing in [this] history that would inspire any confidence in the likelihood of a significant SMR industry developing now. The…

Whitehall’s problems

There are so many very good arguments for no more nuclear power stations of any sort to be built, that there must be a good reason for Rolls Royce to produce fantasies like this SMR of theirs (left), that might get washed up on any convenient shore near you – particularly since the famous firm…

Let’s raise some issues

We plan to keep the issue of Sizewell in the public eye with homemade placards on roadside vigils, for an hour or two in different places. If you’re interested in getting together half a dozen people and choosing a safe and suitable place, (not too far away perhaps from some refreshment) we would join you…

Is SNAHU a term whose time has come?

Four and a half years after the Head of the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said it ought to happen, the UK is to base its emergency protection against nuclear accidents on “severe nuclear accidents however unlikely” instead of on “reasonably foreseeable accidents” (SNAHU, not RFA). But not until Parliament finds time to debate…

Speaking Truth to Power?

Why it is so difficult to obtain any clear idea of the consequences to human health of disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, or indeed of any radioactive emissions from Sizewell? Since 1959, the World Health Organisation (WHO, a United Nations agency) has been hampered in its work on the effects of radiation by a…

Just the start of it

A uranium mine in Namibia. The dots on the winding tracks are huge trucks with wheels twice the height of a man. Mining is only the first of many steps to provide just one of the thousands of different raw materials for Sizewell C (SZC). All won, processed, transported and assembled without a puff of…

Emergency Planning and Response (EP&R)

The safe and efficient evacuation of the community is a key element of emergency planning. The rural, coastal location of Sizewell creates huge problems in relation to safely evacuating thousands of residents, employees and school children. We believe that the current plan lacks integrity in stating that a full evacuation would be achievable, and we…

Sizewell under the Sea

Unlike the lack of unanimity about the carbon cost of nuclear, sea level behaviour seems clear. Each time scientists pronounce on it, the expected rise is higher and quicker. EDF Energy acknowledges that new defences are needed at Sizewell according to a ‘reasonably foreseeable climate change up to 2110’, by which time, so they say,…

True Then – True now

In the early days of the Campaign Charles Barnett, editorial green eyeshade on, gave us this treasure: Research consultant Dr David Lowry sent us this for Christmas:- Forty years ago at the Windscale Inquiry, critics argued THORP was dangerous and would be a failure; time has proved them right. Twenty years ago critics made the…