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Wylfa

Road improvements to prepare for the construction of a £10bn proposed nuclear site on Anglesey are being put to islanders. Developers of Horizon Nuclear Power hope to start building Wylfa Newydd, by 2020 but need to secure permission first. A consultation into plans to widen the A5025 between Valley and Wylfa has been launched. Horizon said the pre-construction work would reduce building time. It is the fourth public consultation for the nuclear site by the firm – owned by Hitachi Ltd – and includes plans to improve cycle and pedestrian crossings at the plant.

BBC 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Hinkley

A 250 pound bomb has been found off the coast of Hinkley Point. Mariners are being advised to avoid the area of the bomb which is thought to date back to the Second World War.

Somerset Live 16th Aug 2017 read more »

BBC 16th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Moorside

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged his support to Sellafield workers – but failed to directly back the new Moorside project. During a visit to Copeland yesterday, Mr Corbyn said he was behind workers who are balloting on strike action, but the question on many people’s lips as to whether he would personally support the proposed nuclear complex remained unanswered. Mr Corbyn said: “I know there’s been a problem over the pensions funds (at Sellafield) and unions are quite rightly protesting at the way in which their pension in being damaged and the opportunities for future pensions is damaged. When asked specifically for his views on the £10bn Moorside plant, which will create 20,000 jobs, he said: “The Government is apparently looking at the options and costs involved of the Toshiba programme and what the strike price will be in the end of it, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with that.”

Whitehaven News 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Sellafield

Bosses at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are turning the screw on the workforce, as they have banned workplace meetings to discuss the current pay dispute, Unite, the country’s largest union, said. The union, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial action ballot over a ‘completely unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer, said that the management’s action showed that it was ‘slavishly kowtowing’ to the government’s harsh polices on pay restraint. Unite also disputed the claim by Sellafield Ltd – a Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) company – that it was imposing the pay offer next month as ‘the majority’ of the nearly 11,000 workforce were in favour . Unite said that its own calculation of the figures of the three unions balloted – Prospect and the GMB are the other two – known acceptances of the offer came in at just 18 per cent.

Cumbria Crack 17th Aug 2017 read more »

The dispute at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria has escalated amid claims workplace meetings to discuss a 1.5% have been banned by bosses. The union Unite, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial over the offer which it says is “completely unacceptable”, has hit out at the management move.

Business Desk 18th Aug 2017 read more »

Morning Star 18th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Radwaste

Prof Andrew Blowers, in the first of a series of articles for the Town and Country Planning Association Journal on the local and social legacies of nuclear energy, looks at where and why these legacies have come to pass. The nuclear industry has left its visible and invisible footprint in landscapes of risk encountered in the 31 countries in which nuclear energy has been developed. In several countries the mark is, as yet, small, related to one or two operating nuclear reactors. At the other extreme there are those countries with long-established nuclear industries, some involved in both the civil and military sectors, where nuclear operations, including electricity generation, reprocessing and experimental processes, are intermixed with redundant facilities, nuclear wastes, and radioactive discharges onto land and into water and emissions into the atmosphere.

No2 Nuclear Power 18th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Companies

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its stake in General Electric as of the end of June, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. The conglomerate had previously held 10.6 million shares of GE, according to its regulatory disclosure in May. John Flannery became CEO of General Electric on Aug. 1 after Jeff Immelt stepped down after 16 years. Flannery was previously president and CEO of GE Healthcare.

CNBC 14th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Fukushima

Talk given at the Remember Fukushima parliamentary meeting, House of Commons committee room 9, London, 15 March 2017.

Lis Fields (accessed) 17th Aug 2017 read more »

A subterranean ice wall surrounding the nuclear reactors at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant to block groundwater from flowing in and out of the plant buildings has approached completion. Initially, the ice wall was lauded as a trump card in controlling radioactively contaminated water at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture, which was crippled by meltdowns in the wake of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. But while 34.5 billion yen from government coffers has already been invested in the wall, doubts remain about its effectiveness. Meanwhile, the issue of water contamination looms over decommissioning work. Maintaining the ice wall will cost over a billion yen a year, and the radiation exposure of workers involved in its maintenance is high. Meanwhile, there are no immediate prospects of being able to repair the basement damage in the reactor buildings at the crippled nuclear plant. In the meantime, TEPCO continues to be plagued over what to do with treated water at the plant. Tainted water is treated using TEPCO’s multi-nuclide removal equipment to remove 62 types of radioactive substances, but in principle, tritium cannot be removed during this process. In mid-July, TEPCO Chairman Takashi Kawamura said in an interview with several news organizations that a decision to release the treated water into the sea had “already been made.”

Mainichi 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

US

The first steam generator has been placed in the containment of Vogtle unit 3, the first major lift carried out since Southern Nuclear took charge of oversight activities at the AP1000 construction site in Georgia.

World Nuclear News 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Energy Business Review 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Three Mile Island is one of several nuclear plants in danger of closing ahead of schedule because it can’t compete with natural gas and renewables. Some states have begun offering credits to keep nuclear plants generating zero-emissions power as climate change concerns grow. Critics say the credits distort energy price formation and lead to uncertainty in wholesale markets.

CNBC 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

Taiwan

A massive blackout prompts questions about Taiwan’s energy policy. Can it really phase out nuclear power?

Economist 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017

France

France’s nuclear safety regulator has opened a public consultation on a draft decision governing the review of manufacturing files at Areva NP’s Le Creusot forge. This draft decision requires EDF to examine the manufacturing records of all components produced by the facility that are in use at its operating nuclear power plants.

World Nuclear News 17th Aug 2017 read more »

Posted: 18 August 2017