PROFESSOR ROBERT JACOBS :
SLOW MOTION NUCLEAR WAR
(Ok, What Has This Got to do with Geological ‘Disposal’ of Nuclear Wastes?)
A TALK in KESWICK
Skiddaw Hotel (Greta Room)
7.30pm till 9pm
inc Q & A
Professor Robert Jacobs is one of the world’s leading researchers on the history of Nuclear Technologies and Radiation Technopolitics and has written many books and papers on this subject.
The talk in Keswick will be of interest to all those who are concerned that the UK government is back once again with the plan for a Geological ‘Disposal’ Facility (or two or three) under Cumbria.
Professor Jacobs Articles include:
The Visible and the Invisible when Considering Northern European Permanent Spent Fuel Storage: Forsmark and Onkalo
“..Currently all spent nuclear fuel rods, totaling millions of tons worldwide, are held in temporary storage and awaiting final permanent disposal. The need to safely contain this dangerous waste for periods of time roughly equivalent to the length of time that homo sapiens have existed as a species presents human beings with an array of problems both previously unimaginable, and also technologically daunting. How can this deadly waste be safely contained so that it does not pose a risk to the thousands of generations of human beings for whom it will be an enduring presence? How can we imagine the conditions such containment may be subject for millennia? And how can we coherently communicate these risks to people who may come into contact with the waste, or who may engage in activities that will put the containment facilities at risk of being breached? While many permanent repositories are being planned, and several are being constructed , no HLW has yet to be deposited into such containment. Some high-level nuclear waste has been placed in permanent repositories, such as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) built to contain high-level military nuclear waste in New Mexico, but currently no spent nuclear fuel has been permanently deposited. The WIPP site has suffered structural collapses, fires and explosions during its first decade of operation, including radiation being detected on site..”