Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Britain's nuclear future

Considering that ex-CND member Tony Blair seems to be making noises about getting hold of more nuclear weapons and building more nuclear power-plants, I'm quite surprised that this little bit of news hasn't had more airtime:

"A leak of highly radioactive nuclear fuel dissolved in concentrated nitric acid, enough to half fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, has forced the closure of Sellafield's Thorp reprocessing plant.

"The highly dangerous mixture, containing about 20 tonnes of uranium and plutonium fuel, has leaked through a fractured pipe into a huge stainless steel chamber which is so radioactive that it is impossible to enter."
Christ... I mean, I'm all for having loads of nuclear power stations (efficiency, less pollution, potential to turn us all into superheroes etc.), but, erm... might it not be a good idea to make sure that our current ones are up to speed before we start pissing about with any more? Maybe we should be asking Iran for some pointers...

1 Comments:

Blogger john b said...

Not totally fair: THORP's failure at Sellafield has very little to do with any new nuke schemes.

It's a waste reprocessing plant, not a generating plant - and the idea of waste reprocessing for civilian reactors has pretty much been abandoned (oddly, this doesn't have significant consequences for nuclear waste: reprocessing actually creates more waste than just disposing of waste from power plants).

5/17/2005 10:13:00 am  

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