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Former Tory Energy Minister calls for Hinkley C to be abandoned

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has welcomed a speech by the former Conservative Secretary of State for Energy (1979-81), Lord Howell of Guildford, who today described the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as “by far the biggest future burden on consumers and households”.

Although he is “very pro-nuclear” Lord Howell said he “would shed no tears at all if the elephantine Hinkley C Project was abandoned” (1)

Lord Howell’s remarks come just one day after the current Secretary of State for …

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Hinkley C Mothballed – Is it in its Death Throes?

Two very recent articles in Click Green and Professional Engineer indicate that Hinkley Point C is now officially mothballed. Indeed the project seems to be in its death throes.

We already knew that site preparation work at Hinkley Point C was stopped in April 2015, up to 400 construction workers were laid off, and the Final Investment Decision was delayed until the autumn. (1) What wasn’t clear at the time was that NNB Genco – the consortium planning to build the …

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Cameron’s First 100 Days a Disaster

This article was originally written for the American Nuclear Information and Resource Service Blog Green World.

David Cameron’s Conservative Government has now been in power in the UK, without the constraining influence of the Liberal Democrats, for 100 days. From the point-of-view of the environment his new government has been an unmitigated disaster, marked by a sharp embrace of dirty energy sources in a fashion most advanced nations, even including the U.S., are stepping away from.

From the moment the …

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Daily News Roundup

4 September 2015

Hinkley/Flamanville

French energy giant EDF has admitted that the construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed, despite yesterday it being claimed no delays were going to happen. EDF has been struggling to finance the plant but hoped to announce Chinese funding when China’s Premier Xi Jinping comes to London next month. Fears have been building about a possible delay to the plant after China’s markets crashed last month. The news on Hinkley Point comes as …

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3 September 2015

Moorside

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom visited Cumbria today to holds talks about nuclear new build at Sellafield. She met representatives of businesses and the education and training sector in Carlisle, at a meeting organised by MP John Stevenson to address concerns around skills shortages. Then she went to Sellafield and was due to visit Moorside on Thursday where NuGen is planning to build a nuclear power plant. If the £10bn project goes ahead, it will be the largest private sector investment …

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2 September 2015

Hinkley

Allan Jeffery: As the Hinkley Point C construction site has been mothballed, and put into a state of care and maintenance, until a final investment decision is made, is this the beginning of the end for this disastrous project? Whether this Hinkley project goes ahead, or not, is not in the hands of local MP, Ian Liddle Grainger, nor local Somerset councillors or even the British and French governments. The deciding factor will be if anybody is crazy enough to …

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1 September 2015

Hinkley

The Government is putting the commercial interests of a French energy giant over the British taxpayer in a “disgraceful” decision not to release documents on the UK’s first new nuclear power station in 25 years, according to a veteran anti-nuclear campaigner. Dr David Lowry, an independent consultant and member of Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, has asked the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to release documents related to the proposed construction by the French company EDF of Hinkley Point …

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