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Old March 9th, 2013, 02:33 PM   #21
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Also Sellafield will be taking on another 142 workers to add to the 500 new posts announced in December. These are the sort of high quality jobs the area needs as the loss of the chemical and steel industries over the last 20 years has seen well paid manual jobs dry up.
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Public Inquiry to be held into Keekle Head low-level radioactive waste decision
By Karen Morley, Cumbria 24, 21st June 2013

Cumbria County Council will be giving evidence at a Public Inquiry being held next week into a decision by the council to refuse planning permission to use the Keekle Head former open cast coal mine in West Cumbria as a site to store up to a million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste for the next 50 years.

The original decision to refuse planning permission was made in May 2012 by the County Council’s Development Control & Regulation Committee (DC&R). The original applicant, Endecom Ltd, submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, who have determined that a Public Inquiry is the appropriate forum to review the decision.

Mr Jonathan King BA DIPTP MRTPI is the Inspector who will chair the Public Inquiry and then prepare a report and recommendation for the Secretary of State, who will decide whether the original DC&R decision should be upheld or overturned.

The Inquiry will be held over an expected two-week period at County Hall, Kendal and will begin on Tuesday 25 June at 10am. As well as evidence from county council planning officers, planning consultants specialising in ecology and landscape will be presenting evidence to support the council’s original decision. Expert witnesses will also be representing the applicant Endecom.

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views. If they wish to do this it is recommended that they attend on the first day of the Inquiry to ensure the Inspector is aware of their wishes. The appeal documents relating to this case are available online at - http://onlineplanning.cumbria.gov.uk...Details.do?apl...


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Public Inquiry over Keekle Head nuclear
waste plan started today.

By BBC News, Cumbia, 25th June 2013


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A PUBLIC INQUIRY is now under way over plans to create a site for low-level radioactive waste in west Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council had rejected proposals by Endecom UK to build the repository on the site of a former coal mine at Keekle Head, near Distington. The council said the plan would have an "unacceptable impact" on the surrounding landscape.

However, Endecom, owned by recycling giant Sita UK, have appealed, triggering the week-long inquiry in Kendal, which started today.


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Like it or not, the nuclear industry has saved Copeland from the kind of industrial collapse experienced in places like Consett and the Durham coalfield when their industries went. Although the area has suffered from the decline of industries such as coal, chemicals, steel and textiles, Sellafield and its associated industries has kept the local economy afloat and provides 11,000 direct and indirect jobs in the area.
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Over 100 apprentices taken on at Sellafield

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Over 100 apprentices taken on at Sellafield
By Robert Gibson - 3rd September 2013


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More than 100 apprenticeships have being created at Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for decommissioning and cleaning up Europe’s most complex nuclear site.

The new recruits, who are mostly aged between 16 and 18, start on the programme next week and will undergo three and a half years of training with a job in the nuclear industry guaranteed for all who complete their courses.

Sellafield Ltd runs apprenticeships across a range of skills, including electrical, mechanical and business administration.

For the first time this year, it also has programmes in project management and health physics.

The majority of the 113 posts are based at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria, with a further eight new apprentices taking up roles at the company’s office near Warrington, in Cheshire.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for further education, skills and lifelong learning, Matthew Hancock MP, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to get the skills and training they need for sustainable careers where they’ll have the opportunity to earn a good wage.

“It is fantastic news that Sellafield Ltd is providing opportunities for young people to get the skills they need for a career in the energy sector.

“Big companies have a duty to train and develop local workforces, and I am delighted that Sellafield Ltd is honouring its obligations by investing in a training program which will not only benefit the company long term but which also provides opportunities for young people in the communities in which the company operates.”

The Sellafield site, which opened in the 1940s, was home to the UK’s nuclear weapons program, the world’s first commercial nuclear power reactor and various nuclear fuel storage facilities.

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Old September 4th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #26
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I nearly posted this, but you beat me to it. This is good news and the barman in my local in Whitehaven starts as an apprentice IT techinician in October. He'll start on £ 219 a week, but once qualified, should be on £ 35,000 a year plus overtime and allowances.
Sellafield really does pay well and has kept the local economy from caving in as other industries have gone. Typically a process worker with shifts and allowances can make over £ 40,000 a year and skilled workers are on £ 50,000, some rising to £ 60,000. However, there is a two speed economy locally, where the 40 per cent who work at Sellafield are doing very well, but the other 60 per cent like me aren't.
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Further to previous posting on this thread - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...7&postcount=23

Campaigners boycott underground Nuclear
Store Consultation 'in protest'

By Jenny Barwise, News & Star, 20th September 2013


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Anti-nuclear campaigners are boycotting a Government consultation into a massive underground nuclear storage facility. Radiation Free Lakeland has hit out at the Department of Energy and Climate Change after it revealed plans last week for a new siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility. The pressure group has circulated a letter to Cumbrian parish councils calling for them to object to the consultation, which would see the decision on whether a community should show an interest in hosting the facility, taken at a borough-council level rather without the county council having a say.

Marianne Birkby, of Radiation Free Lakeland, said that the group would not be responding to the national consultation and will be “boycotting” it in protest at Cumbria being “once again in the frame” Ms Birkby believes any new consultation should not include Cumbria as the county pulled out of the previous process earlier this year. “Radiation Free Lakeland do not believe the ‘solution’ is geological disposal anywhere,” she said. “There is no ‘solution’ as such but an acceptance that the waste needs to be looked after and repackaged again and again into eternity to separate it from the environment. If the Government is hell bent on geological disposal the people of Cumbria have said no and the search for a geological disposal site should continue elsewhere.”


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But where though? The protesters have so far blocked attempts to even look for a safe site. The waste still exists and still needs to be dealt with, but the attitude is "no you can't investigate this site, it won't be suitable". They appear to be taking the anti-nuclear argument to the point where they're opposed to absolutely everything associated with the industry even if it's ultimately counter productive.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #29
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Like it or not, and we do get some outsiders moving in who moan about Sellafield spoiling the view while enjoying their comfortable retired lifestyle, the nuclear industry is the main mover in Copeland. Sellafield has taken on another 800 workers this year, this is the biggest industrial investment in the area since the THORP plant in the eighties, and these are high quality jobs which pay at least £ 27,000 a year after training with the opportunity to earn far more.
In my lifetime I've seen all the other major industrial employers close in the area, some of which were high paying jobs such as the chemical industry, which has left us very dependent on Sellafield. However, Sellafield certainly keeps the area relatively prosperous and the expansion recently has kept unemployment around the national average. ( 20 years ago unemployment locally was 15 per cent and I for one spent 14 months fruitlessly searching for work as the job market dried up after THORP finished).
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The new offices on Albion square are progressing well from what I could make out from a distance (i.e. from Hillcrest). There are two buildings and both are at full height now.
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The new offices on Albion square are progressing well from what I could make out from a distance (i.e. from Hillcrest). There are two buildings and both are at full height now.
The staff are due to move in next June. Where I work at the RPA in Workington, we lease an office block to 150 Sellafield staff, who will probably move to Albion Square next year.
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Apparently there will be a new Sellafield visitor's centre opening up, though it will be based in Whitehaven rather than the main site itself (possibly in the new Albion Square offices?)
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Apparently there will be a new Sellafield visitor's centre opening up, though it will be based in Whitehaven rather than the main site itself (possibly in the new Albion Square offices?)
Not heard of this one.
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The new Albion Square office development in Whitehaven. This is looking like it could be a pretty decent pair of buildings. Shame about the rest of this street though.







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Hello Talisker
Swingpump Lane is probably the ugliest street in Whitehaven with the seventies eyesore the multistorey car park and a featureless Argos shop. It was even worse until the noughties when an ugly brick bridge crossed the street.
Actually the multi storey, which is badly lit and makes people unsafe, has never been well used and will probably see most use when Sellafield takes it over.
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Reassurances on cancer risk from North nuclear plant

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Reassurances on cancer risk from North nuclear plant
Jul 23, 2014 14:45 By The Journal


Sellafield Nuclear plant in Seascale, Cumbria

Children currently living near the Sellafield nuclear plants are not at an increased risk of developing cancer, researchers from the North East have found.

People living close to nuclear power stations should take reassurance from the study, experts from Newcastle University said. The researchers found that children, teenagers and young adults who live near the two sites are not at an increased risk compared to the general population. Their study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, examined cancer rates between 1963 and 2006 among those who were under 25 and living near Sellafield or the Dounreay plant in Scotland when diagnosed.

Earlier studies have shown raised risks of leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children, teenagers and young adults resident either at birth or diagnosis in Seascale, the village on the coast of the Irish Sea in Cumbria near to Sellafield. Some increases in cancer risk in these age groups had been noted among those living around Dounreay. But researchers Newcastle University, working with colleagues at the Childhood Cancer Research Group at Oxford University, found no difference was found in cancer incidence from 1991 to 2006 between those living near these nuclear power plants and the general population.

“Apart from previously reported raised risks, no new significantly increased risks for cancer overall or any diagnostic subgroup were found among children or teenagers and young adults living around either nuclear installation,” the authors wrote. Individuals born close to the installations from 1950 to 2006 were not shown to be at any increased risk of cancer during the period 1971 to date.”

Lead author Kathryn Bunch said: “For many years, there have been concerns over the potential raised cancer risk among people - particularly children - who live near nuclear installations. This study found that children, teenagers and young adults living close to Sellafield and Dounreay are no longer at an increased risk of developing cancer. Furthermore, there is no evidence of any increased risk of cancer later in life for those who were born near these power plants.” Commenting on the research, Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information, added: “There has been a lot of concern that nuclear power stations could increase the risk of cancer, particularly leukaemia. This study is reassuring for anyone who happens to be living near a power plant, as it shows no increased risk among children, teenagers or young adults in recent years.”
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Two Hartlepool nuclear reactors closed following safety concerns

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Two Hartlepool nuclear reactors closed following safety concerns
Aug 11, 2014 11:30 By Tom Keighley



Two nuclear reactors at EDF Energy’s Hartlepool site have been shut down following concerns about its sister site in Lancashire.

One of the two reactors at EDF’s Heysham 1 nuclear power station, Reactor 1, has been shut since June when a defect was found in a ‘boiler spine.’The discovery was originally made during a period of planned statutory outage in 2013, before closer inspection this year. EDF called the closure of Heysham 1 Reactor 2 and Hartlepool Reactors 1 and 2 a “conservative decision.” Ongoing inspections are now taking place to satisfy the company and the Regulator that the reactors can be safely returned to service.

A statement from EDF read: “Until the results of the further inspections are known it is not possible to advise exact return to service dates for these four reactors, however, an initial estimate is that these investigations will take around eight weeks. EDF Energy’s other nuclear power stations are not affected by this issue as they are of a different design.”

The closures will cause a reduction in the output of the plants for around eight weeks.
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The Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGR) stations like Hartlepool and Heysham have been dogged with problems ever since the first example at Dungeness began construction in 1965.

The main issue with the AGR's seems to be cracking of the graphite blocks in the core due to irradiation. Pics of one of the Heysham reactor's core

I'd imagine it could have something to do with a combination of design of the bricks with their notches and high temperature of the CO2 coolant. The older Magnox design of reactor used rectangular graphite blocks that didn't seem to have as many problems.

A second issue with the older AGR stations like Hartlepool is the use of mild steel for certain components, particularly around the boiler areas, which leads to oxidation issues. When Hartlepool was being built, the designers considered using helium instead of CO2 as the coolant to try to counter the corrosion issues.
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Amec awarded multi-million pound Sellafield contract

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Amec awarded multi-million pound Sellafield contract
Sep 29, 2014 09:30 By Coreena Ford


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Engineering group Amec has secured a new contract to carry out works at Sellafield.

The group, which has bases in Newcastle and North Shields, has announced it is working in a joint venture with fellow North East employer Balfour Beatty and Jacobs Engineering Group to carry out a waste treatment contract at the nuclear plant.

The firms have been selected to deliver Sellafield’s Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project – a four-year programme potentially worth between £240m and £336m. The joint venture partners will share the finances from the framework contract equally and work is scheduled to begin immediately. Under the terms of the contract, the joint venture will carry out the project management, design, engineering, procurement, installation, and construction management of the project, which addresses the cleanup of one of the most hazardous legacy facilities on the Sellafield site.

The Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) is designed to treat Magnox reactor waste which is currently stored at Sellafield by containing it in concrete and getting it ready for long term storage.

AMEC chief executive Samir Brikho said: “AMEC has successfully delivered complex projects at Sellafield for over 50 years, during which we have played a key role in the development and delivery of many of the major waste treatment plants on the site. The BEP project is another significant nuclear waste management initiative in the programme to reduce the historic waste issues on Europe’s most complex nuclear site.”

The contract comes three months after a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Babcock was formed to build a new facility to aid the decommissioning of the Cumbrian power plan – a project that will employ more than 300 people.
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Sellafield workers' £20m office development opens

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Sellafield workers' £20m office development opens
18th October 2014



A £20m office development has opened its doors in West Cumbria.

Albion Square in Whitehaven will be home to more that 1,000 office workers, who will be relocating from the Sellafield nuclear plant. The joint project by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Copeland Borough Council and Sellafield Ltd, is on a site formerly occupied by a scrap metal merchant and an auto company.

There are hopes it will provide an economic boost to the town.

The decommissioning authority said it would be easier for staff who would now no longer have to go through the security system at Sellafield.

Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Council, said: "As a council we've worked for nearly a decade to get this development. It's going to increase the footfall by over 1,000, which will be a massive boost to the town."
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