NFLA Policy Briefing 128: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, AGM and Annual Policy Seminar, Edinburgh City Chambers, 28th November 2014, 10 December 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 127: NFLA concerns over the reliability of aging nuclear reactors in the UK, 9 December 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 126: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 3rd October 2014 , 17 October 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 125: Development of Local Authority Energy Service Trusts / Companies – part of the answer to a new energy revolution?, 18 August 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 124: NFLA All Ireland Forum response to the Irish Government’s Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland, 28 July 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 123: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 27th June 2014, 3 July 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 122: Towards Decarbonising Heat: Maximising the Opportunities for Scotland, 2 June 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 121: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Leeds Civic Hall, 28th March 2014, 22 April 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 120: Concerns over the transportation of nuclear materials by sea on ‘Roll on, Roll off’ vessels, the Atlantic Cartier fire emergency and wider issues for UK / Irish ports, 4 March 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 119: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester, 31st January 2014, 21 February 2014
NFLA Policy Briefing 118: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, AGM & Annual Policy Seminar, Cardiff, 6th December 2013, 11 December 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 117: NFLA submission to the Nuclear Education Trust Inquiry into UK defence needs and nuclear disarmament commitments; and the wider context of UK nuclear weapons policy, 19 November 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 116: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 4th October 2013, 25 October 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 115: Tackling climate change with a low carbon energy policy – the Scottish example, 28 August 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 114: 8th Mayors for Peace Executive & General Conference and Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, 16 August 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 113: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 28th June 2013, 5 July 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 112: The 2013 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Preparatory Conference, Mayors for Peace ‘2020 Vision Campaign’ meetings and NFLA / Abolition 2000 / Mayors for Peace / PNND joint seminar, Edinburgh City Chambers, 4 June 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 110: Fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the role of Local Authorities, 21 May 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 111: The Green Deal: Will it achieve the required cuts in carbon emissions and fuel poverty and what can local authorities do?, 20 May 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 109: Leak of nuclear reactor on board HMS Tireless submarine, 17 April 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 108: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 22nd March 2013, 16 April 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 107: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 25th January 2013, 15 February 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 106: Energy Scenarios 2020 – 2030: Alternatives to the UK Government’s gas / nuclear / renewable scenarios – a look at the potential of non-wind renewables coming to the fore, 6 February 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 105: Shale Gas and Fracking: An Energy Solution or an Environmental Nightmare?, 30 January 2013
NFLA Policy Briefing 104: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee & AGM, Manchester, 7th December 2012, 19 December 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 103: NFLA’s international local government co-operative agreements on nuclear policy, 19 November 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 102: NET survey on Barrow and the Trident Alternatives Review, 31 October 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 101: Summary of NFLA Steering Committee meeting, Manchester, 21st September 2012, 27 September 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 100: The Fukushima disaster and UK nuclear emergency planning – the need for a fundamental change? 14 September 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 99: Following the German example? An NFLA assessment on whether the Scottish ‘renewable revolution’ in energy policy is being realised. 14 August 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 98: Summary of the NFLA Steering Committee meeting, Manchester, 29th June 2012, 9 July 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 97: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Conference 2012 and Mayors for Peace, 21 May 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 96: Summary of the NFLA Steering Committee meeting, Manchester Town Hall, 30th March 2012, 13th April 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 95: Transport of radioactively contaminated steam generators from Berkeley nuclear power plant, Gloucestershire to Sweden, 10 April 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 94: OSPAR Commission Radaition Substances Committee 2012 – NFLA / KIMO joint reports on Floating Nuclear Power Plants, Fukushima and UK new nuclear build, 4th February 2012
NFLA Policy Briefing 93: Nuclear emergency planning – the ONR Fukushima nuclear safety report, the UK Government’s nuclear emergency planning review and the NFLA Secretariat survey of local authorities and nuclear emergency planning, 12th December 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 92: NFLA submission to the Trident Commission, 9th December 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 91: Summary of the key points from the NFLA Steering Committee and 2011 Annual General Meeting, Newry & Mourne Council Offices, 25th November 2011, 2nd December 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 90: Realising a Welsh ‘Renewables Revolution’ in future energy policy, 14th September 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 89: Realising the Scottish ‘Renewables Revolution’ in energy policy, 16th September 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 88: NFLA submission to the Weightman nuclear safety review final report, 31st August 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 87: How Ireland can benefit from a ‘Renewables Revolution’ in its future energy policy, 1st September 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 86: Realising an English ‘Renewables Revolution’ in future energy policy, 8th August 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 85: Radioactive waste shipments from Canada to Sweden – concerns for UK and Irish local authorities, 26th July 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 84: Summary of the key points from the NFLA Steering Committee, Manchester Town Hall, 24th June 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 83: Fukushima nuclear incident and the UK nuclear safety review, 1 June 2011
NFLA Policy Briefing 79: the health risks of nuclear power, a paper by JW Storm van Leeuwen (This briefing has been kindly reproduced with permission from the independent civil nuclear power consultant JW Storm van Leeuwen, and considers the health risks of new nuclear power. The findings are that of the report author, but the NFLA publishes the presentation on its website in order that it can contribute to the wider debate on the potential health risks of nuclear power. The report can also be found on the WISE / NIRS websites.)
Briefing 76: Scotland’s electricity needs – can they be met from renewables without
recourse to nuclear? 7th July 2010
Briefing 75: Radioactive waste shipments through the Irish Sea 16th June 2010
Briefing 74: Safety and emergency planning of nuclear weapons transportation convoys 15th June 2010
Briefing 69: Critique of RPII radiation doses report, 17th November 2009
Briefing 68: Summary of main point from NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, 24th September 2009
Briefing 67: Trident replacement and the NPT Preparatory Conference, 22nd September 2009
Briefing 65 – Summary of National Steering Committee Meeting, 6th February 2009
A164 (NB48) Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Town Hall, Slough, 24 June 2005, Aug 05 4pp
Issues covered: Publication of the Nirex sites list, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, Proposed transport of waste from Dounreay to Drigg, HSE Guidance on Environmental Impact Assessment, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, New Nuclear Build: Developments, Access to Information and Civil Liberties, Mayors for Peace, Nuclear Weapons Programme, AGM & Annual
Policy Briefing, Manchester, 3-4 November 2005, Draft Finance Report
A163(NB47) Main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting Slough Town Hall, 24 June 2005 1pp Jun 05
Issues covered: Publication of the ‘Nirex Shortlist,’ Update on Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), New Nuclear Build Developments, Mayors for Peace, Draft Finance Report, NFLA Development Adviser, AGM & Annual Policy Briefing, 8th Joint Irish & UK Local Authorities Conference on Nuclear Hazards, 23-24 March 2006,
A162(NB46) Briefing on the Nirex lists of sites for a radioactive waste repository 9pp Jun 05
This briefing is intended to advise local authorities regarding the long list of 537 and the short list of 12 potential sites for a radioactive waste facility compiled by Nirex in the late 1980s but only made public on 10 June 2005. NFLAs consider the sites on these lists (a) are very relevant to current discussions on how and where to manage existing radioactive waste and (b) will be equally relevant for the establishment of any second site for the management of any future radioactive waste from any new programme of nuclear reactors or nuclear weapons. It considers the background to release of the list; the manner in which the lists were compiled; and implications of the release of the lists for local authorities.
A161(NB45) 7th UK and Irish Standing Conference on Nuclear Hazards 10th – 11th March 2005, Drogheda. Nuclear Energy: Does it Have a Future? 3pp May 05
The Conference was held against a background of press speculation that the UK Government is ready to launch a new nuclear power programme, if re-elected on 5th May. Officially, the Government’s position remains that, although the nuclear option cannot be ruled out, there are no proposals to build more reactors.
A160 (NB44) Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, Ireland, 11 March 2005 4pp May 05
Issues covered: Nuclear energy: does it have a future?, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, Interim Storage of Laid Up Submarines (ISOLUS), Committee Examining the Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters, Nirex, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Annual Plan, Local Government Special Interest Group, Planning and National Security, Mayors for Peace Working Group,
A159(NB43) Radiation Risks: The CERRIE Report, October 2004
CERRIE (Committee Examining the Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters) was established in December 2001 by the previous Environment Minister, Michael Meacher MP, to look into the risks posed by internal radiation.
Implicit in the Committees terms of reference was the need to examine a number of hypotheses including those that suggested the effects of low levels of radiation were hundreds of times greater than currently recognised by official bodies
A158(NB42) Powerful connections: How nuclear energy finds its way into the Irish electricity grid. March 2005 pp4
Summary: Electricity is traded between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom mainland, and Europe through the Moyle interconnector which links Scotland and Northern Ireland and a network of further interconnector cables. This network allows electricity generated at nuclear power stations to enter the supply networks in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
However, the interconnector network also provides the potential to allow renewable energy generated in Ireland to be exported to the United Kingdom mainland.
A157(NB41)Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Guildhall, Hull, 14 October 2004 4pp. Jan. 05
Issues Covered: Nuclear ‘Legacy’ Issues, Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) ‘Substitution.’ Consultation, The Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC), The Government Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), Interim Storage Of Laid Up (nuclear) Submarines (ISOLUS), UK Nirex Ltd, Sellafield Discharge Authorisation, Dounreay, New Nuclear Build, Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004, Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive, Decommissioning of the UK Nuclear Industry’s Facilities: Policy Statement, Freedom of Information.
A156(NB40) Summary of NFLA AGM, Guildhall, Hull, 14 October 2004 4pp Jan. 05 Summary of NFLA AGM, Guildhall, Hull, 14 October 2004
Issues Covered: Election of Chair and Vice Chairs, Annual Report, English Forum, Scottish Steering Committee, Wales Forum, New NFLA Development Adviser, Financial Report, Status of NFLA support.
A155 (NB39) 23 August 2004, Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Town Hall, Manchester, 9 July 2004
Issues Covered: Solid Radioactive Waste Management Policy, (ISOLUS, Nirex shortlist and Dounreay) Local Government Association Special Interest Group on Radioactive Waste Management & Nuclear Decommissioning, New Nuclear Build, HSE Consultation on Criteria for Delicensing Nuclear Sites, DTI Consultation on Radioactive Waste, ‘Substitution,’ Mayors for Peace, Aldermaston: Notice of Proposed Planning Development, 2004 NFLA AGM & Annual Policy Briefing: Hull 14-15 October 2004, Draft text of letter for use in lobbying local MPs to support NFLA policy towards new nuclear build in the UK
A154 (NB38), Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, City Chambers, Glasgow, 26 March 2004
Issues Covered: Solid Radioactive Waste Management Policy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Draft Guidance on Exemption &Clearance of Radioactively Contaminated Materials, BNFL Springfields: Consultation, DTI Decommissioning Policy: Consultation Response, Mayors’ Nuclear Non Proliferation Initiative, Aldermaston: Notice of Proposed Planning Development, Joint Irish and UK Local Authorities Conference on Nuclear Hazards, Glasgow City Council Conference Facilities, 25 – 26 March 2004, Annual Policy Briefing: Hull 14-15 October 2004: Draft Programme, Legal Adviser’s Progress Report, Diary Dates
A153(NB37) Environment Agency Consultation on Radioactive Discharges from the Springfields Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Plant
Introduction: This briefing asks NFLA member authorities to respond to the above consultation.
BNFL Springfields near Preston, Lancashire, makes fuel primarily for UK nuclear power stations. This entails discharges of radioactive waste to the River Ribble and to air, and disposals of solid radioactive wastes to local landfill. These actions are controlled by an Environment Agency authorisation. This is to be replaced. The Agency’s proposals can be downloaded from
The Agency seeks views by 19 March 2004. These should be sent to:
Different fuels are manufactured at Springfields but this briefing focuses on Magnox fuel fabrication.
A152 (NB36) Summary of NFLA AGM, Town Hall, Manchester, 17 October 2003
Issues Covered: Election of Chair and Vice Chairs, Annual Report, English Forum, Scottish Steering Committee, Wales Forum and
A151 (NB35) Summary of the main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Town Hall, Manchester, 16 October 2003
Issues Covered: Solid Radioactive Waste Management Policy,Consultation on Radioactive Discharges from Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base, Consultation on Land Storage of Decommissioned Nuclear Submarines, Radioactive Waste Transportation, NFLA Forum Reports, NFLA Finance and Development Working Group Meeting, Mayors for Peace Executive Conference, Town Hall, Manchester 17 – 18 October 2003, Progress Reportand Diary Dates
A149(NB33) 30 April 2003, Action to End Radioactive Waste Discharges to Sea from Sellafield
Introduction: The NFLA-organised 5th Irish and UK Local Authorities Standing Conference on Nuclear Hazards met in Cork between 20 – 21 March 2003 at the invitation of Cork City Council. The NFLA Legal Adviser provided a presentation on opportunities for local authority action on radioactive marine discharges to sea from Sellafield.
A148(NB32) DTI/DEFRA consultation on Euratom ‘Nuclear Package’ Directives
Background: At the joint Irish and UK Local Authorities Conference on Nuclear Hazards, Cork 20 – 21 March 2003, the Head of the EURATOM Co-ordination and Nuclear Safety Unit, Mrs Nina Commeau, summarised the ‘nuclear package’ (proposed EURATOM Directives and other measures) referring to the Directives on nuclear safety and radioactive waste management.
A147(NB31) Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, City Hall, Cork, 21st March 2003
Issues Covered: NFLA Policy and Organisational Review, Government Energy Policy Review, Radioactive Waste Management, Radioactive Sources and Contaminated Metals, UK and Irish Conference on Nuclear Hazards, 20-21 March 2003, Nuclear Security and International Terrorism and Local Councils and the Iraq Crisis.
A146(NB30) Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting
Issues Covered: Emergency Planning, Government Energy Policy Review, Radioactive Waste Management, Liabilities Management Authority/Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Trawsfynydd Public Inquiry, British Energy’s Financial Crisis, UK and Irish Conference on Nuclear Hazards, 20-21 March 2003, NFLA Policy and Organisational Review, Health Scrutiny and Missile Defence.
A145(NB29) 13 February 2003, British Nuclear Test Veterans
Introduction: The NFLA Steering Committee meeting on 17 January 2003 received a paper about the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association’s campaign to persuade the Ministry of Defence to accept responsibility for, and compensate for, diseases likely to have been caused by exposures to atmospheric nuclear weapon test explosions in the 1950s and 1960s.
A144 (NB28) Developing UK Policy for Radioactive Waste Management NFLA Annual Policy Briefing, The Centre, Slough, 18 October 2002. 4pp
Introduction: The NFLA Annual Conference was replaced in 2002 with a half day Annual Policy Briefing designed to bring a sharper focus to NFLA policy discussion. The new format was well received by some 50 delegates from about 30 local authorities across the UK. Proceedings were also clearly enhanced by the quality of speakers and the clarity of their presentations. The highlight of the programme was the address by the Environment Minister, the Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP. His presentation is copied below together with key points from the other speakers: Fred Barker, Policy Adviser to NFLAs and a member of the Government’s Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; Stephen Spivey, DTI team working on the creation of a new public body to take charge of, and manage the clean up of, nuclear sites currently owned by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority; and David Bonser, the BNFL Director leading preparations for the transfer of Company assets to the new body – the Liabilities Management Authority. The meeting opened with a welcome by the Mayor of Slough, Cllr Satpal Singh Parma and an introduction by the NFLA Chair, Cllr Ken Wyatt JP, Rotherham MBC.
A143 (NB27) Summary of NFLA AGM, The Centre, Slough, 18 October 2002
Issues Covered: Election of Chair and Vice Chairs, Annual Report, Financial Report, Membership
A142 (NB26) Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, The Centre, Slough, 17 October 2002
Issues covered: Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Liabilities Management, Energy Review, British Energy State Aid, British nuclear industry insurance against terrorism, Trawsfynydd Inquiry and other Decommissioning Developments, Radioactive Discharges, Nuclear Emergency Planning, AWE Aldermaston, Radioactive Scrap, Modernising Planning, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Mayors for Peace Forum.
A141 (NB25) Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting,Manchester Town Hall, 28 June 2002
Issues covered AGM & Annual Policy Briefing, Slough, Berkshire, 18 October 2002, Liabilities Management Authority, BNFL Restructure, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Government Energy Review, Nuclear Plant Accidents, Streamlining the Planning System: Consultation, Trawsfynydd Inquiry and other Decommissioning Developments, Control of radioactive sources, Depleted Uranium Hazards, Radiological protection: the justification of practice and Government Ministers’ role, Nuclear submarine decommissioning, Threatened Use of Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Testing, Ballistic Missile Defence, Peace and Sustainability, Municipalities for Peace: Resolution, Kashmir Nuclear Crisis.
A140 (NB24) Kashmir Nuclear Crisis
At its height in early June the crisis was likened to the 1962 nuclear stand off between the USA and the then USSR over Cuba. Hostility between India and Pakistan brought these countries very close to a devastating nuclear conflict that would have reverberated around the Globe. Communities here, particularly those with family ties to the Indian sub-continent, and the local authorities which serve them, would have been deeply affected. Nuclear war on the Indian sub-continent would have counted its casualties in millions. A massive international humanitarian response would have been required. Social dislocation and population movement from the Indian sub-continent could have been expected, and a fragile international economy would have been further shaken. Overlaid on this would have been an environmental disaster – including the injection of large volumes of radioactive debris into the atmosphere which would eventually encircled the earth …
A139 Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting,_De Valence Pavilion, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, 22 March 2002 4pp
Issues covered: 4th Irish & UK Conference on Nuclear Hazards, 21-22 March 2002, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, BNFL Update& Nuclear Liabilities Consultation, Government Energy Review Consultation, Radioactive Waste Management Policy Consultation, Streamlining the Planning System in England: DTLR Consultation, Decommissioning Developments, NFLA Organisational Review, 2002 AGM and Annual Policy Briefing, Slough, Berkshire, 17 -18 October 2002, International Issues, Submission from the NFLA Secretariat to the MoD consultation on the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter, Representations by Mayors for Peace to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair about sub critical nuclear weapons testing. Nuclear Weapons, Iraq and First Use.
A138 Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Manchester Town Hall, 11 January 2002
Issues covered: NFLA Organisational Review, Nuclear Security, Energy Review, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, BNFL Update,
Streamlining Planning, Progress Report.
A137 Prospects for Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Ben Sanders 4pp Dec 01
A summary of A136
A136 UK NUCLEAR FREE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2001 Glasgow, 25 October 2001, Plutonium and Proliferation: Risk Assessment, Ben Sanders, 12pp Oct 01
A135 Speech at the General Assembly of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities October 25, 2001 in Glasgow, UK.
Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor, City of Hiroshima 7pp plus A135a Tadatoshi Akiba’s biographical note 1pp
A134 Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Glasgow City Chambers, 24 October 2001, 4 pp Dec 01
Issues included: NFLA Organisational Review, Nuclear Terrorism, Energy Review, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, BNFL Update,
Emergency Planning, UK-Irish Conference on Nuclear Hazards, Tenby, Pembrokeshire 21-22 March 2002, Progress Report
A133 Summary of the NFLA AGM, CIty Chambers, Glasgow,
26 October 2001 2pp Nov 01
Issues included: Annual Report, Financial Report, Membership, Election of Chair and Vice Chairs, Resolutions: Attacks on
America, Sellafield MOX Plant.
A131 Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation October 2001 4pp Oct 01
…In recent years concern about nuclear transportation has heightened in the wake of a number of serious accidents on the
rail network. This concern is likely to be compounded by BNFL’s recent decision, reported last month, to increase transport
speeds from a maximum 45mph to 60mph – twice the speed of a nuclear fuel flask impact test …
A130 Summary of main points from the NFLA steering committee 29 June 2001
Issues included: Dounreay, New Nuclear Build, BNFL update, Sellafield MOX Plant, Stakeholder Dialogue, EA Technetium-99 Abatement Consultation, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, UK Nirex Ltd, EU COWAM Project, ISOLUS: Decommissioned Nuclear Powered Submarines, Government Policy Consultation Paper, Stakeholder Dialogue: Remediation of Radioactively Contaminated Land, Stakeholder Dialogue: Policy Towards Nuclear Site Decommissioning, Control of Radioactive Scrap Metals, Publication of Contaminated Scrap Briefing, Seminars, Further developments, UK National Response Plan, Depleted Uranium: Developments, US Ballistic Missile Defence: Local Authority Issues, Progress Report.
A129 Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting, Manchester Town Hall, 29 March 2001 4pp May 01
Issues included, BNFL update, Storage of Highly Active Wastes, Sellafield MOX Plant, Technetium-99 Abatement Consultation, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Government Consultative Paper, EU COWAM (COmmunities & nuclear WAste Management) Concerted Action, Control of Radioactive Scrap Metals, US Ballistic Missile Defence: Local Authority Issues, 5th World Conference of Mayors for Peace, NFLA Annual Conference 2001: Draft Programme, Arms Conversion Project, Progress Report, k
A128 (NB10) Missile Defence and Space Weapons 4 pp May 01
The next few years are likely to see changes in American foreign policy with implications at regional, national and local levels. The focus of US attention is turning to Asia and China (now viewed as the prime Global competitor). American forces are likely to be restructured with more resources directed to the development of missile defences and Space based weapons. This will be to protect Space assets (both commercial and military), protect Global commercial interests and for military power projection.
A127 Consultation: Sellafield Plutonium Mixed Oxide Fuel Plant 6 pp
The DETR and the Department of Health seek views on the economic case for allowing the Sellafield Plutonium Mixed-Oxide (MOX) fuel Plant (SMP) to operate. The Departments have curtailed the usual period for consultation.
The NFLAs oppose the SMP on environmental, non-proliferation and economic grounds. This has been argued in three prior consultations. Operating the SMP would only be lawful if its disadvantages were offset by sufficient advantages: in particular can the SMP generate sufficient business to cover its costs including decommissioning the plant and managing its waste? …
A126 Sellafield: Technetium-99 Marine Pollution
The Environment Agency for England and Wales is responsible for deciding whether BNFL is to be allowed to continue discharging technetium-99 (Tc-99) into the Irish and North Seas. Tc-99 is a radioactive element arising mainly from Magnox nuclear fuel reprocessing. Tc-99 from Sellafield is significant because:
– it has a half-life of 213,000 years;
– Sellafield alone has discharged ten times more Tc-99 than resulted from above-ground nuclear weapons testing;
– it is already detectable at very long distances from the point of discharge;
– lobsters in the Irish Sea have been contaminated by Tc-99 to levels that would make their sale for consumption unlawful in the event of a nuclear emergency …
A125b Statutory Guidance on the Regulation (by the Environment Agency) of Radioactive Discharges into the Environment from Nuclear Licensed Sites. December 2000 4pp
On 23 November 2000 the Government published a consultation paper setting out proposals for Statutory Guidance to the Environment Agency. The purpose of the Guidance is to identify factors which the Environment Agency must consider when setting discharge levels … Keeping radioactive waste to a minimum must be the key to reducing discharges… Each case will be considered on its merits but the presumption now will be that discharges should be minimised by requiring radioactivity to be trapped and immobilised for subsequent storage or treatment, rather than discharged into the environment … The Guidance will encourage operators to keep their discharges to a minimum by setting strict limits on how much they can discharge…
A125a (NB7) Summary of Main Points from NFLA Steering Committee
15 December 2000 Dec. 00
Issues Covered, BNFL update, Magnox Reactors and Reprocessing, Stakeholder Dialogue, Storage of Highly Active Wastes, EA Technetium-99 Abatement Consultation, Dounreay, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Control of Radioactive Scrap Metals, Recycling Radioactively Contaminated Soil, Consultations i) Environment Agency: Discharges of Radioactive Waste to the Environment – Principles for the Assessment of Public Doses; ii) DETR: Statutory Guidance on the Regulation of Radioactive
Discharges in the Environment from Nuclear Licensed Sites, Debate on New Nuclear Stations, 4th UK & Irish Councils’ Meeting on Nuclear Hazards, City Hall, Cork 29 – 30 March 2001 …
A125 Summary of NFLA AGM 2000
Issues Covered: Annual Report, Financial Report, Membership, Election of Chair and Vice Chairs, Resolutions: 1. Nuclear Power & Climate Change, 2. Renewable Capacity, 3. National Missile Defence
A124 Report on the Annual Conference 2000
Summary of presentations by Eryl McNally MEP: President, European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources & Socialist Co-ordinator for the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, Dr Merylyn McKenzie Hedger: Head of UK Climate Impacts Programme Environmental Change Unit, Oxford University, Aubrey Meyer: Global Commons Institute, Ashok Sinha: Solar Energy Consultant, David Still: General Manager, AMEC Border Wind, Stewart Boyle: Freelance Writer and Energy Consultant, speaking on behalf of the Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Association, Martin Fodor: Policy Co-ordination Officer (Sustainable Development), Dr Chris Naish: AEA Technology, Yves Marignac: Deputy Director, World Information Service on Energy, Paris
A123 Consultations and Dialogues involving NFLA staff
NFLA Secretariat staff are increasingly being asked to engage in consultations and dialogues designed to identify publicly acceptable policies on a range of nuclear issues with implications for the health and safety of the public and the environment. This note provides a short briefing on current commitments, which are valuable, hopefully influential, but not always very visible, so that Members and Officers are aware of Dialogues include BNFL Stakeholder Dialogue, Nirex, DETR, MoD, Food Standards Agency, European Commission, Contaminated Land, ritten Consultations
A122 Summary of main points from the NFLA Steering Committee Meeting,13 September 2000
Issues covered BNFL Update, Storage of highly active wastes, Magnox Stations and Reprocessing, BNFL Stakeholder Dialogue, Environment Agency Publication: Response to comments on the scope and methodology for the full re-examination of the Sellafield authorisation for the disposal of radioactive waste, Dounreay Consultation, Radioactive Waste Management Policy, Government Green Paper on Future Policy, Decommissioned Nuclear Powered Submarines, Control of Radioactive Scrap Metals, AWE Aldermaston, Nuclear Transportation and Emergency Planning ,Nuclear Materials Transportation, Draft Radiation Emergency Planning and Public Information Regulations (REPPIR), Funding Local Authority Emergency Planning, Access to information about licensed nuclear sites and sites authorised for the disposal of nuclear wastes.
A121 Notes of meeting between NIREX and NFLA 14 July 2000 Reading
Meeting was held in the Kennet Room of the Reading Civic Centre and Ken Wyatt introduced Chris Murray and John Dalton.
A120 Radioactive Scrap Metals (4 pp.) Jul. 00
This briefing note is based on a fully annoted 15 page status report on the increasing incidents and dangers of radioactive sources and contaminated metals entering the feed stock of the metals recycling industry. This trend is recognised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Customs Organisation, Interpol, the European Commission and regulatory agencies here.
Failure to prevent sources and contaminated materials entering the feed stock results in a heavy financial cost being carried by the metals recycling industry and a radiological hazard to workers, the public and the environment …
A118 Aircraft Hazards to Nuclear Power Stations: Implications of the Tornado Crash 17 November 199, Malcolm Spaven (4 pp.) Dec. 99
This briefing reviews the safety implications of the crash of an RAF Tornado fighter aircraft in the vicinity of the British
Energy Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor nuclear power station at Torness, East Lothian, on 17 November 1999 …
A99 High Level Radioactive Liquid Waste at Sellafield: Risks, Alternative Options and Lessons for Policy Executive Summary of
an IRSS Report. Dr Gordon Thompson June 1998 6pp
The Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS) has published an independent assessment of risks and alternatives for a long-standing practice at the Sellafield site — storage of high level radioactive waste (HLW) as a liquid. IRSS’s assessment is described in a June 1998 report which is supported by nine technical appendices.
Although IRSS’s work has focused on risks and alternatives for HLW management, the work has necessarily addressed some related issues. IRSS has examined the economics of nuclear fuel reprocessing at Sellafield, the UK approach to assessing nuclear activities and alternative options, and the effectiveness of the UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) …
B46 A Question of Insecurity: the Politics of Assessing Accident
Risks at Sellafield & La Hague – the Story of the STOA report, 21 March 2002 – Dr David Lowry 38pp
Introduction: Everyone will have had in their conference pack the executive summary & general conclusions of the STOA report on:
POSSIBLE TOXIC EFFECTS FROM THE NUCLEAR REPROCESSING PLANTS AT SELLAFIELD AND CAP DE LA HAGUE. I will discuss how this report has been the subject of politicised science in the six months or so since it was completed at the end of August last year, following a year long study by nine expert authors based in the UK, US & France. Several of the authors are – or have been ministerial advisors – on the issues addressed in the report.
The expertise is unassailable…..but the conclusions have certainly been challenged! Shortly after the STOA report was handed over to the STOA secretariat, the following press release was issued by BNFL…