The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has come under fire over “clandestine” work to upgrade an airport runway in northern Scotland amid plans to fly high-grade nuclear waste to America. A leading conservation group has hit out at controversial “ping pong” plans to transport highly enriched uranium from the Dounreay plant in Caithness to the US. The deal involves other radioactive waste from the US being flown to Europe. Even though no deal has been signed, the NDA is spending £8 million to upgrade the runway of Wick John O’Groats airport to allow it to take larger planes. Highlands and Islands Airports confirmed: “Work will get under way later this month on a project to refurbish the runway at the airport in order to enhance its operational capability to accommodate larger aircraft. This work will be carried out on behalf of the NDA. The majority of the work will be carried out overnight and the project is expected to be completed in August.” Paul Monaghan, an SNP MP, said that local residents deserved to be informed of the changes because of the potential risks of nuclear cargoes. Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Only the nuclear industry could think it was a good idea to risk playing ping pong with large quantities of one of the most dangerous materials on the planet across the Atlantic.”
Times 19th April 2016 read more »
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has said radioactive material could potentially be flown to and from Scotland and the US. Last month, the UK and US governments agreed that material could be exchanged, with the UK receiving a type of uranium used to diagnose cancer. The NDA is funding improvement work to enhance the runway at Wick John O’Groats Airport.
BBC 18th April 2016 read more »
HANT has reacted to the headline “Nuclear Upgrade linked to nuclear waste flight plans” (Press & Journal 18/4/16) which reported that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority plans to spend £8 million to upgrade Wick Airport to allow large aircraft to collect 750 kg of uranium to be transported to the US in return for US uranium to Europe- described as “morally reprehensible” deal by Paul Monaghan MP. At the same time the NDA announced that no decision had been taken on which form of transport was to be used so why spend £8 million if it’s not to be by air? So one again the NDA in its usual cavalier attitude without any public consultation announces that an airport which normally has two routes per day is to get this huge investment What about the funding required to upgrade both the North Line and the A9? Most Caithness residents would consider these a much higher priority to assist local economic development.
HANT 18th April 2016 read more »