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Bang Goes the Theory at Dounreay

June 30, 2011

Bill Thomson of DSRL explains the seabed clean-up to presenter Dallas Campbell aboard the Land and Marine barge offshore at Dounreay

How radioactive waste is dealt with at Dounreay is set to feature in a prime-time TV programme about radiation and nuclear energy.

A film crew from BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory spent two days in and around the site recording material for the programme.

Radioactive waste forms part of the 30-minute programme, which examines nuclear energy in light of the UK Government’s renewed interest in the technology and the recent accident in Japan.

Presenter Dallas Campbell will lead the segment featuring radioactive waste.

On Tuesday, Dallas and the film crew visited the Land and Marine barge anchored near Dounreay to see how a clean-up team recovers radioactive waste from the seabed. Later, they visited the beach at Sandside where particles of nuclear waste are washed ashore.

On Wednesday, the team went inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor to discover what happens to radioactive waste from its decommissioning.

Among those interviewed by Dallas was Mike Brown, who is in charge of dismantling the site’s fast reactors.

“It’s an opportunity to demystify radioactive waste to a national audience,” he said.

The next series of Bang Goes the Theory is due to begin in August.
 

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