Countering Capenhurst Issue 4 – December 2015

Countering Capenhurst Issue 4 – December 2015

This Fourth issue of Countering Capenhurst is a brief summary of our current concernes.

Urenco Sale

Stories about the Sale of URENCO continue to be seen.

This is what we read in October:-

‘Sir Dick Olver, the former BAE Systems chairman, has been approached about spearheading the £10bn privatisation of Urenco.’

During November the Story had become:-

‘ A former finance director of British Energy is being lined up as the interim chairman of Urenco, the state-owned uranium enrichment group, as the prospects of an imminent £10bn privatisation recede.’


ONR Report

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has just publish its Quarterly Site Report for Urenco UK Limited Capenhurst for period 1 July – 30 September 2015.

One of the most worrying parts of this report is in the section


‘In response to the assessment by ONR and the Environment Agency of the licensee’s investigation into a minor legacy uranium hexafluoride legacy “Hex Tails” leak, in November 2014, a joint ONR and Environment Agency letter was sent to both the licensee and the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation, on 11 August 2015. Ongoing strong regulatory interest was confirmed in the storage and asset management of the legacy “Hex Tails”.’

Information Needed.

We are trying to find out the following information.

Just what is the quantity of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride [ Hex ] which is stored at Capenhurst ?

We would also like to find out just how much the new Capenhurst tailing plant will take to process all of this Hex each hour, each day, and thus each year.

Once we have these figures it will be possible to give a figure as to exactly how long it will take to clear up all the Hex at the plant.

Also in the news.

Capenhurst Worker Concerns.

On October 20th we spotted this is the Chester Chronicle:-

‘Illegal workers in Capenhurst were arrested at new £400m plant.’

The story concerns the arrest of 20 illegal workers.

‘It is now known immigration officials swooped on the Urenco ChemPlant Tails Management Facility (TMF) to question the illegal workers all employed by sub-contractor Sword Construction.’

It leaves us wondering just what kind of security checks must be in place at the plant ? ? ?


In October a deal was announced between Britain and China in regards to the building of Hinkley C.

That day the Nuclear Free Local Authorities Steering Committee issued the following press statement:-

NFLA notes only a participation agreement between China, UK and EDF is being agreed today for Hinkley Point C. Many hurdles still remain.


As ever it’s never a case of believing what is being said in the media, for everything comes down to the small print.

Atlantic Cartier.

The transport of Uranium Hex by sea is a major worry.

During October the Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung   [ Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation ]  published the following: –

Investigation Report 99/13

Serious Marine Casualty Fire on the con-ro carrier  ATLANTIC CARTIER on 1 May 2013 in the Port of Hamburg,

At the time of the fire the ship was carrying uranium hexafluoride (UF6), and flammable ethanol as a part of the cargo.


It has just been announced that the Wylfa nukiller reactor on Anglesey will be closed down on December 30th.

‘ After April, removal of spent fuel from the site will begin, with it taken to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing.

This will take two to three years, after which much of the site will be cleared, leaving just the reactor buildings and fuel stores by 2026.’

Yet that does not mean an end to the site, as there are proposals to build a new reactor – Wylfa Newydd.

We fully support PAWB People Against ‘Wylfa-B in their efforts to stop this plant being built.


Campaigning about Nukiller Waste Trains.

Should new reactors be built at Wylfa, Hinkley, or any other sites, then nukiller waste will continue to be produced for many years from now.

That is highly radioactive waste which will continue to be transported by train over many decades in to the future.

The only long term way of stopping this is by stopping all nukiller New Build

For your Diary

Nukiller Waste Train Leafleting Sessions will take place outside of the following:-

Chester Station.  – December 24th 15.00 – 16.30.

Wigan North West Station. – During January.