GE approach Sellafield over plutonium recycling

GE Hitachi has reportedly approached Sellafield about building a new reactor in which to convert waste plutonium into electricity. Currently the Government spends around £2 billion a year managing the nuclear waste. GE Hitachi’s Danny Roderick is reported to have said the proposed 600MW plant could recycle the existing stockpile in five years: “We could […]

MP presses Minister on future of Sellafield nuclear

Thousands of jobs hang on the Government’s decision over the future of the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, claims Jamie Reed, Member of Parliament for Copeland. In a Commons debate this week the MP pressed Energy Minister Charles Hendry for positive news about the Sellafield facility in Cumbria. In August, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced […]

Unions condemn nuclear closure

Following the announcement that Sellafield’s MOX reprocessing plant was shutting down, the Prospect union was quick to express its disappointment with the NDA’s decision. Prospect National Secretary Mike Graham said: “We are dismayed at the way this announcement has been made, without consultation with the unions, and without properly considering the way forward after its […]

UK nuclear plant closing

The mixed-oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield in North England is set to close at a cost of 600 jobs. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, who runs the plant, has said the plant no longer has custom following the tsunami in Japan, earlier this year. Sellafield have said they are disappointed that the NDA decided to close […]