America yesterday offered to open the first direct talks with Iran for almost 30 years if the Islamic regime ended its uranium enrichment programme that the West believes is designed to make nuclear weapons.
Telegraph 1st June 2006
Scotsman 1st June 2006
Independent 1st June 2006
Times 1st June 2006
Iran rejected the call to stop uranium enrichment.
Sky 1st June 2006
An international consortium set up to build nuclear power plants for North Korea has abandoned the project. The Kedo group said it decided to act because of Pyongyang’s “continued failure” to co-operate with efforts to give up its nuclear weapons programme.
BBC 1st June 2006
France’s world renowned champagne-producing vineyards could be threatened by radioactive waste seeping into ground water, Greenpeace said on Wednesday.In a report sent to the French Senate, the environmental group said high levels of the radioactive isotope tritium had been detected in ground water near a now closed La Manche storage site. A replacement facility at Soulaines in the Champagne region has also begun contaminating ground water — though at far lower levels — 10 years after its construction, Greenpeace said. The group sent bottles of contaminated La Manche ground water to French senators due to begin on Wednesday debating a law authorising the burial of highly radioactive nuclear waste deep underground, notably in an area bordering the Champagne region.
Planet Ark (Reuters) 1st June 2006
The Champagne vineyards of France could face a nuclear disaster, according to Greenpeace which on Tuesday said radioactive underground water had been found just 10 kms from the country’s most prestigious wine producing region.
FT 1st June 2006
View London 31st May 2006
Following an application by the licensee, Magnox Electric Ltd, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has granted consent for a decommissioning project at Sizewell A nuclear power station in Suffolk.
SourceUK.net 1st June 2006
A launch date has been announced for Britain’s latest nuclear submarine, which is being built in Cumbria. BAE Systems in Barrow said the first of three Astute Class vessels would be launched on 8 June 2007 – almost four years later than originally planned.
BBC 31st May 2006
Spain’s president has confirmed that the country’s 8 operating plants will be phased out in favour of clean, renewable energy.
Greenpeace International 31st May 2006
We don’t need nuclear power. We don’t want nuclear power and Scotland can’t afford nuclear power.
East Kilbride News 31st May 2006
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) may contribute to the costs of a flyover on a notorious stretch of the A9 on the Caithness coast. MSP Jamie Stone said the NDA, which is overseeing the clean-up at Dounreay, was in favour of the plan for the steep and twisting Berriedale Braes.
BBC 31st May 2006
The recent death of veteran radiation scientist, John Dunster, has prompted some kind obituaries from his professional colleagues, including one in yesterday’s Times. Yet none of them have mentioned what made him most famous – or infamous – in the wider world. In 1958, Dunster was head of health and safety at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, now called Sellafield. He gave a talk at a United Nations conference in Geneva about the vast amounts of radioactive waste that the plant had pumped down a pipeline into the Irish Sea over the previous six years. He stated: “The intention has been to discharge fairly substantial amounts of radioactivity as part of an organised and deliberate scientific experiment … the aims of this experiment would have been defeated if the level of radioactivity discharged had been kept to a minimum.”
Rob Edwards for the New Scientist 1st June 2006
An obituary of John Dunster
Nuclear Waste Transport
There are 30 accidents involving nuclear trains a year in Britain. The industry says they pose no risk, but environmentalists disagree. On Monday last week, a car collided with a train at a small gated level crossing in Suffolk. The driver, a local, had simply forgotten to check for the once-daily train that makes its way along the narrow rural track. He unbolted the gate, drove straight on to the crossing, and did not see the two-car train bearing down on him until it was too late. The train was on its way to the Sizewell A energy plant in Suffolk. The accident, in which noone was hurt, has reignited the debate over “nuclear trains”, which haul up to two tonnes of spent nuclear fuel at a time from rural power stations to the reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, often passing through major conurbations such as London, Milton Keynes and Preston on the way. About 200 trains a year pass through the capital alone, carrying radioactive waste within yards of schools, hospitals and millions of homes. The industry insists that they pose no threat to the public. The anti-nuclear lobby disagrees. An accident could be extremely serious, according to John Large, a nuclear consultant and former government adviser who has recently published a report for Greenpeace about the dangers of nuclear trains. He believes large-scale contamination resulting from an accident or even a terrorist attack is a possibility.
Guardian 31st May 2006
For 21 years builders in this country have been legally bound to construct homes that conserve energy. The building regulations tell them how much insulation they must use, what kind of windows they must fit and how good their draught-proofing will be. Guess how many builders have been prosecuted in that period for non-compliance. I won’t keep you in suspense: the answer is none. George Monbiot article on failure to comply with building regs.
Guardian 30th May 2006