Highland MP Paul Monaghan has referred the UK Government’s plan to transport nuclear waste from Dounreay to the United States to the European Commission. He has written to its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, claiming the arrangement contravenes the Euratom Treaty. Signed in 1957, it established the European Atomic Energy Community as a way of coordinating member states’ research programmes for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It also guarantees high safety standards and prevents nuclear materials intended principally for civilian use from being diverted to military purposes.
Energy Voice 20th May 2016 read more »
Blu-Tack has been used to take samples from inside the core of a nuclear reactor, saving thousands of pounds in developing a specialist tool. A team at Dounreay were faced with the challenge of retrieving small pieces of radioactive metal from inside the site’s Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR). They came up with placing a blob of the tacky substance on a 10m (32ft) rod which was inserted deep into the PFR. The metal sticks to the soft adhesive and can then be collected for analysis.
BBC 21st May 2016 read more »