Signs that the US could be about to overturn a 30-year ban on nuclear fuel reprocessing have been greeted with alarm by environmentalists worried about the dangers of spreading plutonium around the world.
Controversial plans to pump millions of tonnes of Russian crude oil between ships in the Firth of Forth have been savaged by the government's environmental advisers as "erroneous and misleading".
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has accused the oil industry of downplaying the potential risk of a spillage. The impact of even a small leak at the wrong time could be "devastating" for wildlife, it warned.
THE UK's Environment Agency is concerned that the proposed containers for burying nuclear waste could crack and leak within 500 years, making the plans for a deep underground repository "overly optimistic", documents obtained by New Scientist say.