Daily News Roundup

4 May 2015

Moorside

Stop Moorside Now! Demo – Outside Whitehaven Civic Hall 16th May from 11am – bring music, bring yourselves and let’s stop this nuclear madness. This is the first day of the CONsultation. The only response is NO!

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3 May 2015

Radwaste

On behalf of Cumbria Trust, director Rod Donington-Smith sent a questionnaire asking for the views of the electoral candidates in Cumbria. Not all of them replied and we will not speculate on the reason for their lack of response, maybe you as a Trust member should ask them personally. However, if yours did and you would like to read what they said, please download the relevant document as a pdf to peruse at your leisure!

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2 May 2015

Radwaste

Election candidates in Cumbria and nuclear waste. Letter from Cumbria Trust to the Times and Star. The Cumbria Trust sent a questionnaire to all General Election and Copeland Mayoral candidates. Only 10 out of 34 candidates have responded.

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1 May 2015

Chernobyl

The fires first reported in the Chernobyl region on April 26th (the anniversary of the 1986 accident) threaten a major release of radioactivity, warns Greenpeace. If the fires spread to the heavily contaminated forests and land areas around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the release of radioactive material into the atmosphere is certain. The amount of radioactivity potentially released could be the equivalent of a major nuclear accident. Since the 1986 accident a massive amount of dangerous radioactive substances has …

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30 April 2015

Hinkley

Luxembourg to file complaint against UK nuclear power subsidies. Two month deadline to file the lawsuit. Luxembourg and Austria are planning legal action against European Commission subsidies for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. As of April 29, Luxembourg and Austria have two months to file a complaint and present it in front of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Financing an “unprofitable and unsafe energy source” with public funds is not …

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29 April 2015

Hinkley

Commission Decision (EU) 2015/658 of 8 October 2014 on the aid measure SA.34947 (2013/C) (ex 2013/N) which the United Kingdom is planning to implement for support to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (notified under document C(2014) 7142) (Text with EEA relevance).

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28 April 2015

New Reactor Types

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF), created in 2000 by the United States Department of Energy (US/DOE), coordinates research and development work aimed at deploying Generation IV nuclear energy systems (reactors and the related fuel cycle facilities), by the second half of this century. In this framework, the GIF has selected six systems among those proposed by the participating countries, including France: Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors (SFR); Very High Temperature Reactors, with thermal neutron spectrum (VHTR); Gas-cooled Fast Reactors …

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27 April 2015

Chernobyl

26 April 2015, marks the 29th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in world history – the Chernobyl catastrophe. And unfortunately, preventing further major releases of radioactivity into the environment seems to be a race against time. As a new Greenpeace report detailing the efforts at the sight shows, there are no real solutions in sight. Nearly three decades after the start of the Chernobyl disaster, its atomic legacy is a stark and ominous reminder that nuclear power can never …

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26 April 2015

Moorside

This map (supported by distance from Chernobyl to the UK, since Chernobyl impacted the UK) helps people to think about the broader impacts of an accident at the Sellafield site, at proposed new nuclear reactors near Sellafield (Moorside), and really of any nuclear reactor in Europe. The best way to stop Moorside is to vote for antinuclear candidates on May 7th. The impacts were especially unfair since nuclear-free countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Austria were badly hit by Windscale …

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25 April 2015

Energy Policy

The energy policy decisions facing the next Government require a dual determination to do the right thing for British society interests (as opposed to the interests of a few big companies, and their supply chains) and the strength of purpose to make fundamental changes to the institutional framework of the GB energy system, which is currently not fit for purpose. The Tory / Lib Dem coalition has overseen a new Energy Act which has made matters worse: it is …

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