It has been reported that the unnecessary and controversial dissolution of fuel element debris (FED) at Bradwell ended on 17 June, 2017, i.e. 3 years after it started – and just in time for the meeting of the Bradwell Local Communities Liaison Council on 21 June. Peter Banks, a member of the Core Group of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) and a West Mersea Town Councillor, reports that at the meeting ‘the atmosphere was tangibly different, presentations celebrated progress made rather than delivered with an air of concealment’. BANNG and others have spent a great deal of time over the past 3 plus years and gone to a great deal of trouble to try to stop FED dissolution. Meetings were held with the Environment Agency (EA), who seemed uneasy at what was happening at Bradwell. EA consultations were responded to fully and many articles were written. BANNG organised a Public Meeting in West Mersea in June, 2014 at which an expert in Marine Biology explained the dangers to the Blackwater from the release into it of FED effluent and at which the large audience made clear its opposition. ‘It is nothing short of an outrage and an insult to the Blackwater environment and communities that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority persisted despite all the signs that dissolution with nitric acid was a failing technology,’ said Andy Blowers, the Chair of BANNG.
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The process of FED Dissolution at Bradwell has finished yet also effectively leaves a bitter ‘taste’ of potentially radioactive sludge in the Blackwater estuary. This was just one of the significant items of news from the latest Local Community Liaison Committee (LCLC) meetings held Wednesday 21st June 2017 attended by members of BANNG, West Mersea Town Councillors, representatives from other local councils and, notably, Cllr Paul Smith, leader of Colchester Borough Council.
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