No more highly dangerous nuclear waste is to be moved by train from Wylfa according to reports in the Daily Post. For 50 years freight trains have been carting the radiological hazard from Wylfa to Sellafield, Cumbria.
Magnox have claimed the movement of waste by train is no longer required since the last nuclear reactor was switched off at Wylfa in 2015.
The huge flasks start their journey by lorry from Wylfa on the coast of Anglesey and are loaded on trains at Valley near the port of Holyhead. From there they are taken along the north Wales coast, passing though the town centres of Bangor, Conwy, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Fflint to Crewe and then pass through the North-West of England’s densely populated centres of population to Sellafield for so called ‘reprocessing’.
Nuclear power creates radioactive waste at every stage of production, including uranium mining and reprocessing of spent reactor fuel. Some of this waste will remain dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years, yet nobody knows of a way to safely store it so problems aren’t created for future generations.