Report from the East Anglian Daily Times 17 June 2016:

Link to the original article is here

Traces of radioactive material have been found on a second Suffolk beach by scientists monitoring the area around Sizewell.

Two months ago Environment Agency officials revealed that a small amount of an particularly dangerous “unusual” radioactive isotope had been found at Aldeburgh, and now they have disclosed that very small traces of a different element has also been found at Southwold. In both cases officials have stressed that the discoveries were very small amounts and there are no safety or environmental concerns and no risk to members of the public.

Stuart Parr, from the Environment Agency, told the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG), that Caesium – a metal used in medical applications, industrial gauges, and hydrology which is said to be mildly toxic – had been found at Southwold. He said: “It was a very small amount and could be to do with tide patterns.”

Investigations were taking place to find out the source though Caesium was not an unusual element to find. Mr Parr said operators of Sizewell A were carrying out an investigation into the Strontium-90, produced by nuclear fission, found at Aldeburgh beach, one of five beaches monitored in the area. This includes extra monitoring along the resort’s shoreline. He said:

“We are continuing to engage with the operator in this investigation...The extra sampling proposed is continuing as are the investigations outlined to the SSG last time.The results from the analysis of these additional samples are not yet available. It can take many weeks for Sr-90 to be analysed due to the complexity of the analytical technique, which needs to be done in a laboratory....A sample taken from Aldeburgh beach earlier in 2016 has been sent to two laboratories for comparison....Differences in working practices in different laboratories can cause subtle differences in analytical results which become important when working with such low concentrations of Sr-90 in these samples...Once all the data has been received and analysed a full report will be made by Sizewell A....It is important to note that these results are unusual, the levels of radioactivity detected are extremely low and do not represent a hazard to anyone using the beach.”

Many thanks to Jenny for organising the sale at Yoxford last Saturday, it was an excellent event with a very good result, today Michael will bank £ 596-53 whitch is the total from the sale, donations and cash in hand from sale of badges etc.


We are very grateful to all who helped on the day including friends and family and many thanks to those who donated so many items. It is an excellent boost to the coffers and to team work. It was a really good day.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended Pete wilkinsons Talk, “A Life of Environmental Campaigning- from early Greenpeace to Sizewell C" on 03/03/16

Pete did us proud on Thursday evening. Considering that it was the first time we have used this venue, the turn out was satisfactory.

 A special thanks goes to Jenny for organising it. We learned a lot about the venue and some good pointers on how to use it for another event.

We made a small profit and also received a £100 donation, and some new members, so in all a great success.

 

Sunday Times 6th Sept 2015

DAVID CAMERON is set to sign a landmark deal next month to allow China to build a prototype nuclear reactor in Bradwell, Essex. The plant would be the first Chinese-designed and operated facility in the West.
It is the price Beijing has extracted in return for its agreement to help pay for two new plants to be built by France’s EDF Energy — one at Hinkley Point in Somerset and the other at Sizewell, Suffolk.


The deal, part of a wide-ranging civil nuclear pact between Britain, France and China, may be sealed in October during the Chinese president’s state visit.

Last week EDF admitted that Hinkley Point, Britain’s first atomic power station in two decades, will be hit with fresh delays. It was originally scheduled to open in 2017, but wrangling over how it will be funded has held up the start of work.


Problems with the EPR reactor design have also stymied progress, and the company admitted last week it would not open before 2024. Whitehall officials are hammering out the final details of an agreement under which two of Beijing’s state power companies, China General Nuclear and China National Nuclear Corporation, will take a large minority stake in Hinkley Point. They would also be junior partners, and cover part of the costs, for a follow-on plant at Sizewell.

EDF would lead the construction and operation of both sites. In return for Beijing’s support on those plants, EDF would sell its rights to a development site it owns at Bradwell. The French would become a minority partner and assist the Chinese through Britain’s approval process for a new reactor design, a process that is among the most arduous in the world. Beijing would then use that certification as a selling point as it bids to become the world leader in nuclear technology. The Chinese design is expected to be capable of producing one gigawatt of electricity — enough to power 1m homes.