AGM: Nuclear Waste Issues Under Scrutiny


Environmental issues relating to the nuclear industry were down for discussion at the 2015 Celtic League Annual General Meeting in Dublin (10-12th April).

The possible use of a decommissioned nuclear power station in Scotland for the disposal of waste and also the serious fire on a freighter carrying nuclear waste from Dounreay in Scotland to Belgium came under scrutiny. Delegates called for improved safety regulation for sea transport of nuclear waste and rejected plans to store waste from nuclear submarine reactors at Chapelcross in S W Scotland.

The texts of the two resolutions moved by the Director of Information are set out below:

“This AGM

The Celtic League, mindful that consultations are in hand about the possibility of using the former nuclear power station at Chapelcross in S W Scotland as a nuclear dump for radioactive waste from decommissioned British nuclear submarines, registers its opposition to the use of any site in the Celtic countries for the storage of nuclear waste from civil or military sources.”

“This AGM:

Expresses its concern at the incident in 2014 when the nuclear waste transport ship MV Parida was disabled after suffering an on-board fire off N E Scotland

Calls on the IAEA and the IMO to review the regulation in relation to all vessels licensed to carry hazardous nuclear waste

Urges both bodies to urge member States involved in the carriage of hazardous nuclear waste to move swiftly to allow the licensing of purpose built vessels only which have on board systems that include back-up resilience.”

(Note: Branches or Officers that propose resolutions subsequently adopted are responsible for there implementation. Other branches can support and endorse the mover of the resolution subject to liaison with them).

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League


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