A video describing the examination of geology for suitable places to bury nuclear waste in Northern Ireland.

Via Comhlámh:

The UK government has published details on its ongoing investigations into siting nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland.

In its examination, Northern Ireland is divided up into 4 sub regions. The website states that in Sub-region 2 (pictured centre):

‘Our work shows that we may find a suitable geological setting for a GDF in a small part of this subregion.

Rock can be seen at the surface in some of this subregion such as sea cliffs, inland cliffs in the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion and in man-made excavations such as quarries or road cuttings.

Combined with some deep boreholes and geophysical investigations, this gives us an understanding of the rocks present and their distribution

There are various types of gaps in our understanding of geology and we deal with these gaps in a number of ways.

There are granites and similar strong rocks around Newry, in which we may be able to site a GDF.’



UK Government releases studies on siting GDF nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland (Comhlámh)

National Geological Screening for a GDF – Northern Ireland

Thanks Bryan

22 thoughts on “Radioactive

  1. missred

    Oh yeah, it’s the geology of the rocks that’s the deciding factor in their dumping decisions. Right.

  2. Jim

    Are the UK Government actively trying to encourage a border poll? Some sort of cost cutting exercise?

  3. bisted

    …hope they are better at geology than they are at geography…Maghera is in Co Derry…about 70k NW as the crow flies…

  4. Clampers Outside!

    I can see the B-movie storming the box office already…

    Poster headline…

    It was a bawd sitcheeation.

    And they said “No!”

    Teenage Mutant Newry Terrorists!
    Or alternatively…

    Teenage Mutant Newry Evangelists!

  5. SOQ

    I’m not sure what has gotten into the water in England these days, some sort of brain type parasite maybe? It is the home of BSE after all. Speaking of which, the mad cow is in Belfast saying the backstop will remain.

    1. Mickey Twopints

      “…the memo noted “a number of controlled burials of hospital/university waste of short half-life, together with small amounts of industrial waste were arranged.”

      The total activity disposed of was approximately 180 millicuries, of which the bulk comprised radioactive iodine with a half-life of less than two months.

      At Culmore Point, two consignments of hospital waste had been disposed of by controlled burial; the total activity amounted to 170 microcuries.

      The file noted that a number of hospitals, fertiliser plants and both of Northern Ireland universities had been authorised to dispose of radioactive waste by controlled burials at these sites.”

      FYI a standard domestic smoke alarm contains radioactive material (Americium 241) which generates 1 microCurie. We probably toss hundreds of these into landfill every week.

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