Last night's BBC Panorama programme did a good job at lifting the lid on Britain's ongoing nuclear disaster that is Sellafield, writes Ian Fairlie. But it failed to expose the full scandal of the UK's 'reprocessing' of spent fuel into tonnes of plutonium, enough to bu nuclear bombs - while leaving £s of billions of maintenance and cleanup costs to future generations. Sellafield boss warns on nuclear clean-up This article is more than 1 year old Falling revenues from waste reprocessing have led to a financial black hole for the Nuclear . Reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel from around the world has ended at Sellafield. The last batch of waste has gone through its Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp), which opened in . H.N. Edmonds, in Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (Second Edition), Origin and Description of Reprocessing Tracers. Nuclear fuel reprocessing involves the recovery of fissile material (plutonium and enriched uranium) and the separation of waste products from ‘spent’ (used) fuel rods from nuclear reactors. In the process, fuel rods, which have been stored for a time to allow short-lived.
Sellafield has been operational since the s, when it was used as part of the war effort, before being the place where plutonium was produced for the UK's atomic weapons programme. Since then, the site has been involved in reprocessing used nuclear fuel and waste management. Sellafield's Thorp reprocessing centre receives waste nuclear fuel from 34 plants around the world. The metallic outer casing is first stripped away and the spent fuel is then dissolved in hot. Sellafield Nuclear Facility, in the UK, has its own gas-fired power station! While this appears mostly for "reprocessing" as well as the cooling of "spent" nuclear fuel (i.e. nuclear waste), operating nuclear reactors are also dependent upon outside sources of power. Thus, the need of nuclear power stations to be connected to the electrical grid.. The British government has announced that its nuclear-waste reprocessing plant at Dounreay, Scotland, once the heart of the UK fast-reactor programme, is to close within the decade.
Sellafield reprocesses and stores nearly all of Britain's nuclear waste. Last year, BBC's Panorama exposed safety concerns at the plant after a tip-off from a . A team of Irish and British parliamentarians is to make an investigative trip to the Sellafield nuclear waste reprocessing plant earlier next year to assess security at the controversial plant. The environment campaigners Greenpeace are calling for an end to all nuclear reprocessing at the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria following the publication of an official report yesterday. 3. Final waste conditioned safely and reliably (4%) Only 4% of nuclear material from used fuel reprocessing is waste, plus the sheared metal pieces (shells and ends). The fission products are heated, then mixed with molten glass and cast in stainless steel containers, a safe and stable packaging for thousands of years.