Sellafield bosses have played down a report which claims an emergency at the nuclear complex could threaten the Norwegian food industry. The report, published by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), claims a fire or explosion at the west Cumbrian site could disperse about one per cent of the radioactive waste stored there. It also claims reindeer management would be severely affected.
Cumberland News 31st Jan 2011 more >>
On Tuesday and Thursday last week, the Localism Bill Committee of the House of Commons asked a lot of questions (286) of a number of witnesses (45) about the Bill. Business groups were worried about uncertainty introduced by changes to the Planning Act regime that they were only just getting used to.
Bircham Dyson Bell 31st Jan 2011 more >>
The influential House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has released a report highlighting major flaws in proposed planning rules. Key among these is the proposal to dramatically weaken the Holford Rules, which help to protect England’s most beautiful landscapes from new pylons and overhead lines. In essence, the Holford Rules specify that electricity companies should avoid areas of high amenity value, seek to minimise the visual impact of overhead lines which are required, and to use undergrounding to reduce the impact of transmission lines in certain areas. New electricity lines to link up proposed new nuclear power stations are currently proposed in Suffolk and Somerset. National Grid is currently consulting on routing options for these.
CPRE 26th Jan 2011 more >>
Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has been urged to ask a question in Parliament on “population mixing” in the vicinity of nuclear installations and predicted “significant increase in cancers and blood disorders.” If proposed nuclear developments in the North West go ahead – the population of Cumbria and the North Lancs border will increase in a relatively short space of time by the tens of thousands. There have been lots of studies looking into why there are substantially more childhood cancers and blood disorders in the vicinity (up to 50Km+) around nuclear plants. Successive governments have dismissed those studies which point to radioactive emissions as the cause of cancers and blood disorders and have endorsed those which point to “population mixing.”
Radiation Free Lakeland 31st Jan 2011 more >>
Claus Montonen reveals disturbing evidence of shortcuts, overspending and commercial infighting during the construction of Olkiluoto 3 – the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power stations in Europe.
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UN experts believe North Korea has at least one hidden nuclear site, according to leaks of a UN report. The report relies on evidence from US scientist Siegfried Hecker who visited a secret site in November last year.
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Western powers should work on the assumption that Iran could have a nuclear weapon by next year and an Israeli intelligence assessment of 2015 could be over-optimistic, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said on Monday.
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The control systems of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant have been hit by a computer worm, according to a foreign intelligence report that warns of a possible Chernobyl-like disaster once the site becomes fully operational. The report, drawn up by a nation closely monitoring Iran’s nuclear programme, said that with control systems disabled by the virus, unleashed last year, the reactor would have the force of a “small nuclear bomb”,
Scotsman 1st Feb 2011 more >>
Nuclear power and high speed rail will top the focus of China’s plan to invest $1.5 trillion (934.0 billion pounds) in seven key industries and shift the world’s number two economy away from its role as a supplier of cheap goods.
Yahoo 1st February 2011 more >>