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…

Nuclear Dismantling Technology

The Campaign is grateful to Luke Webster of the Mark Allen Group, publishers of Eureka! Magazine, for permission to quote from an article about a novel tool to dismantle highly radioactive parts inside reactors. “The ability of the LaserSnake to carry out ‘Keyhole Surgery’ on the reactor core meant that the work could be carried…