United Kingdom- Plutonium Investigation n°3

Who's Who ?
In United Kingdom

State & Industry

British Nuclear Fuels plc.
BNFL is a large industrial public limited company, which mostly provides services related to nuclear fuels. It operates the two industrial reprocessing plants at Sellafield and will soon co-operate all the Magnox reactors. BNFL is also involved in uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication, radioactive waste management, plutonium, tritium and electricty production, and decommissioning nuclear facilities.

Risley, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6AS
Tel: +44 1925 832 450
Fax: +44 1925 832 098

UK Atomic Energy Authority.
The UKAEA is the UK research and development organisation for civil nuclear activities. Currently, nuclear research budgets have been squeezed and UKAEA is very active in decommissioning and cleaning up obsolete installations (an activity called "nuclear liabilities management"). AEA Technology is the industrial subsidiary of the Government Division UKAEA.

521 Harwell, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0RA
Tel: +44 1235 436 600
Fax: +44 1235 436 899

UK Nirex Ltd
NIREX, 40% owned by BNFL, is a company in charge of the management of low and intermediate level radioactive waste. Its future is in jeopardy since the Environment minister under the previous Government refused NIREX permission to continue its underground research in March 1997. RWMAC has recommended that NIREX be replaced by a new organisation with the same objectives, but one which should be independent and have a broad openness policy.

Curie Avenue, Harwell Didcot, Oxon OX 11 ORH
Tel: +44 1235 825 500
Fax: +44 1235 831 239

Department of Trade and Industry The DTI, which includes the middle ranking Minister for Energy, is the Government's main strategic decision-making body for nuclear matters. The DTI now publishes annual plutonium production and storage figures (see page 7). Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6RB
Tel: +44 171 215 5000
Fax: + 44 171 222 4382

National Radiological Protection Board.
The NRPB is the official UK authority for radiological protection, based at Harwell. NRPB has opposed French Academy of Sciences experts over the basis of radiological protection. The NRPB maintained that the available data on radiological impacts did not provide information against the current no threshold theory for health effects from low level radiation.

Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 ORQ
Tel: +44 1235 831 600
Fax: +44 1235 833 891

Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.
The NII is the main British nuclear safety authority. The NII controls the safety of the installations and grants operating licenses.

Baynards House, 1 Chepstow Place, Westbourne Grove, London W2 4TF
Tel: +44 171 243 6000
Fax: +44 171 727 4116

Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee.
The RWMAC is an independent body - yet appointed by the Environment Minister - that advises the British Government on issues relating to civil and military radioactive waste management and issues public reports on these subjects. RWMAC members are from industry, government, university or local authorities.

FAX:+ 44 171 276 8909

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Opposition activities & Contact addresses

Friends of the Earth.
FOE has been instrumental in exposing NIREX's scientific inconsistencies of the planned intermediate level waste laboratory near Sellafield, which ultimately led NIREX to abandon the license application. In 1998, FOE plans to intensify its activities around plutonium production and MOX fabrication.

Rachel Western, 26-28, Underwood Street, London NI 7JQ
Tel: +44 171 490 1555
Fax: +44 171 490 0881

The Consortium of Opposing Local Authorities.
COLA publishes a useful newsletter primarily on British nuclear issues and has been involved in the opposition activities against radioactive waste management as well as the operation of the Sellafield reprocessing plants.

Fred Barker Glendene, Deanroyd Road, Walsden, Lancashire OL14 6TT
Tel/Fax: +44 1706 818 732

As in other countries, Greenpeace has been active for many years in opposition activities against reprocessing and the risks of nuclear transportation and radioactive discharges.

Helen Wallace, Canonbury Villas, N1 2PN, London
Tel: +44-171-865 8100
Fax: +44-171-865 8200
E-mail: info@uk.greenpeace.org

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment.
CORE has been monitoring activities and events at the Sellafield site located in Cumbria. A very reliable source of information.

Martin Forwood, 98 Church Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14 2HT
Tel: +44 1229 833 851
Fax: +44 1229 812 239

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
A national organisation, 40-years old in February 1998, which has campaigned against nuclear power for many years because of the inextricable links between nuclear power and weapons and plutonium proliferation dangers.

162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ
Tel: +44 171 700 2393
Fax: +44 171 700 2357

Socialist Environment and Resource Association.
SERA is the environment "branch" of the Labour Party. It is somewhat independent from the Labour Party concerning civil nuclear issues and has notably published a report which is very critical of reprocessing and of the British management of radioactive waste and outlines recommendations to the Blair Government.

11, Goodwin Street, London N4 3HQ
Tel: +44 171 263 7389
e-mail: sera@gn.apc.org

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