Daily News Roundup

25 July 2014

Radwaste

Local communities could be paid over £40m by government for simply considering the building of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in their area, ministers announced on Thursday. The renewed effort to find a permanent solution for the UK’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste comes after Cumbria council vetoed a proposed waste dump site in January 2013. But the new approach will not allow any one level of local government to veto future site decisions. The plan allows for communities …

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24 July 2014

Sellafield

Sellafield clean-up gets messier as ‘failing’ consortium faces takeover: Unions are demanding answers over the future of Sellafield, one of the world’s most hazardous nuclear sites, as the US engineer leading toxic clean-up work there faces a $4bn (£2.3bn) takeover. Last week, California’s Aecom announced that it has agreed to buy rival URS in a deal that could be worth £3.5bn once debt is included. Industry insiders and unions are worried that URS heads Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), a consortium …

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23 July 2014

Hinkley

IRELAND’S National Trust is challenging permission for Somerset’s new nuclear power plant in the European courts. An Taisce is contesting the legality of granting consent for Hinkley Point C, which would be 150 miles from the Irish coast. Irish people should have been consulted about the environmental risks it is claiming under EU directives. Planning consent to build Hinkley Point C was granted to EDF Energy back in March 2013 by Energy secretary Ed Davey. An Taisce claim the government …

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22 July 2014

Dounreay

CONTROVERSIAL plans to ferry radioactive nuclear fuel and waste by sea from Dounreay to England have come under fire. Bosses at the Caithness plant, which is currently being decommissioned, insist a successful trial could give them two potential routes for transporting the material for reprocessing at Sellafield in Cumbria – with contentious shipments already being made by rail. But critics are warning against the risks of navigating rough seas around Cape Wrath and the Minch of the west coast of …

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21 July 2014

Nuclear Investment

Infrastructure funds, debt financiers and City advisers have warned that Government guarantees are in danger of distorting commercial financing efforts. The Treasury must stop issuing guarantees for smaller scale infrastructure projects or risk sabotaging the Government’s aim of securing billions of pounds of private financing for British power stations, railways and bridges, experts have warned. Following a £230m loan guarantee for ethane storage at Grangemouth last week, infrastructure funds, debt financiers and City advisers have warned that Government guarantees …

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20 July 2014

Sizewell

Representatives of the Sizewell area took little comfort from a “fact-finding” trip to the site of another power station planned for Somerset. Members of parish and town councils surrounding the nuclear site near Leiston, returned from Hinkley Point with more questions for developers than when they left. The Sizewell Parishes Liaison Group (SPLG) called plans to house construction workers “totally unsustainable” compared to the Hinkley Point C project – also being developed by EDF Energy and already given government approval. …

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19 July 2014

Hinkley

Eversheds is advising state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) on its investment in the £16bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

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18 July 2014

Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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18 July 2014

Torness

Unit 1 at the Torness nuclear power plant in Scotland returned to service July 17 after it automatically tripped offline during testing. Workers with EDF Energy were testing the reactor protection system July 14 when the reactor tripped offline. EDF said in a statement the system is very sensitive and is tested on a regular basis to prove the reactor will always shut down when required. Unit 2 operated continuously through the shutdown.

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17 July 2014

Sellafield

The UK’s first commercial nuclear reprocessing facility celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday. The Magnox Reprocessing plant at Sellafield reprocesses spent fuel from nuclear power stations and recycles it to make fresh fuel. More than 52,000 tonnes of fuel have been reprocessed in the facility since operations began in 1964, according to operator Sellafield Ltd, which currently employs more than 400 people.

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