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Sellafield MOX plant closing

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Sellafield MOX plant closing Reply with quote

The UK's only plant for processing plutonium into new fuel for nuclear reactors is to close as a result of the Japanese tsunami, threatening the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The MOX site at Sellafield in Cumbria, which employs 800 workers, only had customers in Japan, where reactors have been shut down after the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.

Anti-nuclear campaigners said the plant had cost the public £1.4 billion in construction and running costs since building started in the mid-1990s, while union leaders described the closure as "ill-conceived and short-sighted".

Friends of the Earth's policy and campaigns director Craig Bennett said taxpayers were footing the bill for the "Alice-in-Wonderland economics of the nuclear industry."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/9779053

If that's Plutonium Oxide, shouldn't that be POX? Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:18 am    Post subject: Re: Sellafield MOX plant closing Reply with quote

Mean Mr Mustard wrote:
If that's Plutonium Oxide, shouldn't that be POX? Razz


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The consultation looked at the possibility of building a new MOX plant, potentially at Sellafield, because it would be a cheaper option than using the existing facility which was beset by operational difficulties in the past.


Let's hope they learn from their mistakes and this one works then. it's good to know that we have such a good nuclear industry in this country. Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard a good rant from Michael Meacher about this:
http://www.michaelmeacher.info/weblog/2011/04/2259/
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It was predicted to produce 960 tonnes of Mox fuel over 8 years, but actually produced only 13.8 tonnes, just 1.4% of the stated target.


I'd heard a while back that "material from weapons decommissioning" was being used to fuel Fission reactors - do they go through a different process to the one performed by this MOX plant?
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