The Legacy of Nuclear Power
By Andrew Blowers, Professor Emeritus in Social Sciences, Open University
Nuclear energy leaves behind an infinitely dangerous legacy of radioactive wastes in places that are remote and polluted landscapes of risk. Four of these places – Hanford (USA) where the plutonium for the first atomic bombs was made, Sellafield, where the UK’s nuclear legacy is concentrated, controversial La Hague the heart of the French nuclear industry, and Gorleben, the focal point of nuclear resistance in Germany – provide the narratives for this unique account of the legacy of nuclear power.
The Burning Answer
A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith Barnham
Barnham answers the burning question of our age: how to supply the power our society demands while avoiding environmental catastrophe. The threat of global warming, oil depletion and nuclear disaster is ever-present. There is a growing risk of environmental damage from fracking and shale-oil extraction, deforestation and drilling for fossil fuels in sensitive environments.
The Lean Guide to Nuclear Energy
A Life-Cycle in Trouble by David Fleming
The policy argument is familiar: we have an energy problem – oil, gas and coal are all in trouble in their different ways. Therefore we must use nuclear energy, there is no alternative. But the argument and its conclusion do not join up. The fact that the alternatives are in trouble does not tell us anything about whether nuclear energy is the solution. And in fact, nuclear energy is in the biggest trouble of all.
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Evidence of significant enriched uranium atomic fuel contamination of the Hinkley Point proposed nuclear site in Somerset and its potential implications
by Chris Busby & Cecily Collingridge, 2011
In this report for Green Audit, analysis is presented showing the presence of enriched uranium contamination on the site proposed for the new nuclear reactors. Examining gamma spectroscopy radioactivity data tables that formed part of the Environment Impact Statement EIS supplied by EDF Energy, it was possible to show that the 2square kilometer site contained approximately 10 tonnes of enriched uranium reactor fuel.