Julia West has been appointed to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) on 1st July 2016. CoRWM provides independent scrutiny and advice to the UK governments on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste.
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Julia West is a co-author of a newly published paper in Geomicrobiology Journal entitled ‘The microbial ecology of a hyper-alkaline spring, and impacts of an alkali-tolerant community during sandstone batch and column experiments representative of a geological disposal facility for intermediate-level radioactive waste’ by Sarah Smith, Anthanasios Rizoulis, Julia West and Jonathan Lloyd. DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2015.1049677
On 11th March 2016 it will be five years since the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated north-eastern Japan causing the direct loss of over 18,000 lives and a legacy of damaged infrastructure and environmental pollution. The world will remember the shocking images from the disaster and also those from the ensuing accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Five years on, I see articles are now appearing about Fukushima again. Some interesting ones can be see on the BBC and Science websites.
Swedish regulators say Forsmark is a suitable site for a geological repository for spent nuclear fuel
Swedish regulators have formally approved the choice of location for a geological disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel. The selection process involved local communities volunteering to host a facility. Forsmark, located on the east coast of Sweden, was put forward by local leaders as a potential candidate with 77% local support. See more at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority website.
The UK Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Select Committee have published their report on the Future of Capture and Storage in the UK Inquiry following the sudden announcement of the end of the demonstration competition in November 2015. The Government response is now awaited.
Professor Julia West was invited to speak at a workshop at Fukushima, Japan by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in October 2014. She spoke on the challenges faced by scientists in communicating their efforts to local people.
The disastrous earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 devastated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (“F1”) in Japan. This resulted in a discharge of radioactive material into the air which, despite much fallout occurring over sea, led to significant contamination of a large part of Fukushima and surrounding prefectures and required evacuation of residents.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) plays a key role in the research associated with remediation of the contaminated area around the F1 site, working together with a number of Japanese and international organisations and research institutes. JAEA hosts an annual international workshop, inviting overseas experts to bring their experience to Japan so that clean up efforts are subject to international review and validation. The second meeting took place in Fukushima over 6-8 October. 2015. Professor West was invited by JAEA to speak at both the 1st and 2nd meetings on technical and communication issues.