Cumbria owes a great debt of gratitude to Professor David Smythe who voluntarily gave his time and expertise to ensure that the MRWS process wasn’t a one-sided PR exercise. Without his expertise, and that of Professor Stuart Haszeldine, the process would no doubt have continued and the county would be blighted by decades of uncertainty. Several million pounds of funding was made available for glossy brochures, newspaper advertising and slick meetings. All to convince the Cumbrian public that they should ignore the dangers of burying nuclear waste in geology which has already been proven unsuitable during the £400m Nirex investigation. So how has Professor Smythe been rewarded for the many hundreds of hours of unpaid research work? The University of Glasgow have suspended Professor Smythe’s access to the scientific database on which he relies as an academic. Scientific institutions should always welcome and encourage debate between scientists. If they disagree with Professor Smythe’s work on nuclear waste, or in this case fracking, then they should issue a strong rebuttal. Science should always be open to challenge.
Cumbria Trust 22nd June 2016 read more »
To critics of the federal effort to entomb the nation’s most potent radioactive material in Yucca Mountain, the newly released book, “Waste of a Mountain,” snubs the Nevada congressional delegation’s 30-year opposition to hauling and burying the nation’s spent nuclear fuel in a maze of tunnels 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. But co-author Michael Voegele, 67, the project’s former chief scientist, insists the two-volume, 920-page book is “not pro-Yucca Mountain.” He says it’s about both the nuclear “waste” that’s piling up at commercial power reactor sites and about the “waste” of the nearly $11 billion effort by Congress, the Energy Department and five administrations that “selected, studied and dumped” the Yucca Mountain site as the book’s subtitle implies.
Las Vegas Review Journal 21st June 2016 read more »