We would like to remind you that today is the 5th anniversary of the memorable occasion on which Cumbria County Council, led by Eddie Martin, voted against going to “Stage Four” of the MRWS search for a suitable area in which to site a Geological Disposal Facility. You may recall the “Willing” Community video which was produced by Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump (SPAND), and showed the true strength of feeling in the community of Silloth and the surrounding areas.
Cumbria Trust 30th Jan 2018 read more »
During the Cold War, the United States produced a truly mind-boggling amount of radioactive waste. We failed to properly dispose of much of that sludge, and it’s been leaking from underground storage tanks since the 1950s. Over the years it has contaminated more than 2 billion cubic feet worth of soil and nearly 800 billion gallons of groundwater at low levels.Cleaning this mess up will be a daunting task, but scientists have just enlisted a new ally. It turns out our best bet for containing radioactive waste might be to stick yeast on it. Many of these tiny fungi can survive extremely radioactive and acidic conditions, scientists reported January 8 in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. What’s more, they form gunk called biofilms that could potentially trap the waste.
Popular Science 29th Jan 2018 read more »