Campaign Update

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 Point C Problems Continue to Mount Up

Problems continue to pile up for the Hinkley Point C project, and there is now a growing chorus of critics calling for project to be scrapped altogether, (1) and deep concern in parts of the UK Government, especially the Treasury. (2)

The Daily Telegraph reported on 9th July that French reactor builder, Areva, has been aware since 2006 about the problems, revealed in April, in the steel reactor pressure vessel (RPV) at its Flamanville reactor being built in Normandy. Despite this …

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Small Reactor Delusion

The Financial Times seems to think that delays at Hinkley Point C will boost the argument for building small modular reactors (SMRs) in Britain.

In reality the nuclear industry is trying to find a silver lining to the cloud which is hanging over it, and using the problems of its own making to squeeze even more funds out of the hard pressed taxpayer. The FT reports that Rolls Royce wants more money for research for instance, and the recent House …

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Daily News Roundup

29 July 2015

Sellafield

Hundreds of staff who carry out radiation checks at the nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria are on strike. The GMB union says nearly four hundred health physics monitors responsible for checking radiation levels on staff and equipment have walked in a long-running dispute over pay. Sellafield bosses say the site will continue to be managed safely and securely throughout the industrial action.

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28 July 2015

Heysham

A nuclear reactor has gone offline in an unplanned outage, its operator has confirmed. The 660-megawatt reactor at the Heysham 2 site, near Morecambe, Lancashire, was taken offline at 13:48 BST because of “operational requirements”, EDF Energy told the BBC. The reactor will be offline for the next seven days, the company added. The cause of the unplanned outage has not yet been established and an investigation is under way. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have …

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27 July 2015

Wylfa

Regulators are concerned about a safety report for a planned new reactor at Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant on Anglesey. Horizon Nuclear Power hopes the plant will start operating in the early 2020s and employ more than 1,000 people. But the reactor’s technology provider, Hitachi-GE, has been told to address a “serious regulatory shortfall”. The issue surrounds a lack of information over the use of Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) in the £8bn development. The Office for Nuclear Regulation …

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26 July 2015

Hinkley

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has welcomed a speech by a former Tory Energy Secretary. Lord Howell of Guildford 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. Lord Howell’s remarks come just one day after the current Secretary of State for Energy, Amber Rudd, said there …

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