Nuclear energy chiefs have stated that radioactive waste being transported through Renfrewshire is safe. EDF Energy bosses have responded to a protest that was staged at Paisley’s Gilmour Street Station over the haulage of toxic waste through town. The nuclear material is transferred between Hunterston B power station, in Ayrshire, and the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria. CND Scotland campaigners claimed the practice is dangerous and local families could be put at risk if there was a crash.
A LARGE number of police vehicles and police activity has been spotted in and around South and West Cumbria as part of a mystery ‘transport operation’. A number of vehicles have been seen travelling to West Cumbria from the Barrow area and police officers have been stationed at railway stations across South Cumbria. The incident is suspected to be linked to the movement of material on the railway line, possibly in connection with the Sellafield nuclear site. Sellafield has not yet confirmed any details.
Terrorists have the ‘means, knowledge and information’ to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against ‘nuclear terrorism’.
Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,’ Mr Amano told AFP. ‘Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced that Moscow will deploy a range of missile systems on the Kuril islands, claimed by Japan, as part of its military buildup in the far-eastern region, Agence France-Presse reported. The
islands have been a source of tense relations between Moscow and Tokyo.