THE UK’s minister for work and pensions, Chris Grayling, has announced that the government is to set up a new independent statutory body to regulate the nuclear industry. Grayling said the government will bring forward legislation to create the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), which will take on the roles currently carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport. The ONR will bring together regulatory powers for civil nuclear and radioactive transport activities, and will continue to be funded through charges levied to the nuclear industry. Any set-up costs will also be met by the nuclear industry.
Chemical Engineer 10th Feb 2011 more >>
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The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) should help to speed up the UK’s response to some of the major challenges of nuclear power provision in this country, such as the generic design assessment. And as such the industry will be given more comfort around future investment decisions.
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UK nuclear industry groups have worked together to produce guidance on how to select the best available technique for the management of generation and disposal of radioactive wastes.
Nuclear Engineering International 10th Feb 2011 more >>
EDF Energy is being asked to provide in excess of £100 million to the local community as part of its push to construct a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point. Sedgemoor and West Somerset District Councils have held talks with the energy giant over mitigation for disruption to the local community. The energy firm is expecting a decision this month by West Somerset on whether to grant a planning application for preliminary works at Hinkley Point. Three joint venture bids are being considered for EDF Energy’s £180 million earthworks contract: Balfour Beatty and Vinci; Costain and Sir Robert McAlpine; and Kier, URS and Bam Nuttall. If permission is granted, the energy firm is expected to lodge an application for the new Hinkley Point station to the Infrastructure Planning Commission before June.
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THREE Somerset councils have scooped a top national planning award for their work on the proposed nuclear development at Hinkley Point C. West Somerset Council, Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council were short-listed from more than 120 councils to win the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Annual Award. But the three councils emerged victorious for their work on drawing up a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), which allowed them to liase with communities affected by the development while giving feedback to project developers EDF Energy.
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Unit 2 at the UK’s Oldbury nuclear power plant has been given regulatory approval to continue operating until 30 June 2011, when unit 1 is also set to shut down. The 217 MWe Magnox reactor had been scheduled to shut down in mid-February.
World Nuclear News 10th Feb 2011 more >>
Will Horizon need more land? Latest response from Tim Proudler.
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2011 has seen a little more momentum building up with the projects that require authorisation under the Planning Act regime. As we approach the first anniversary of when the IPC opened to receive applications on 1 March, here is the latest on applications under examination and in the pipeline.
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The UK Government today announced a consultation on options for the long-term management of plutonium currently held at Dounreay and Sellafield.
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Federal regulators are accepting public comment on a new version of a nuclear reactor design from Westinghouse Electric Co.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Thursday that it will accept public comment for 75 days on the proposed rules for the AP1000 reactor. The public comment period will begin when the rules are formally published.
Miami Herald 10th Feb 2011 more >>
Areva SA, France’s state-controlled maker of nuclear plants, may amend the design of the Atmea reactor it’s developing with a Japanese partner to meet demands of Electricite de France SA and boost its export chances.
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Expert on the health consequences of nuclear power stations Dr Ian Fairlie tells Kate Hudson about the astonishing economic and safety implications of using nuclear power. He also discusses a controversial and revealing report that is awaiting publication.
Reality Radio 9th Feb 2011 more >>
Director Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity, is an eerily fascinating look at the planet’s most unique construction project.
Known as Onkalo — “hiding place” in Finnish — this massive work in the north of Finland, which began construction in the last century and won’t be completed until the next one, is a series of concrete-reinforced underground tunnels meant to store the country’s nuclear waste. And it’s designed to last until the waste is harmless — a full 100,000 years.
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U.N. nuclear watchdog governors are expected to approve next month a new fuel supply plan meant to help countries develop atomic energy without increasing the risk of weapons proliferation.
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In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It’s also given the green light for the country’s first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years.
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On 15 January 1986, the Soviet Union’s leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, introduced Kremlin plans to eliminate all of the superpower’s nuclear weapons by the year 2000. The proposal was visionary, but also a bit of a propaganda ploy. One that immediately caught Ronald Reagan’s attention. Later that day, when Secretary of State George Shultz went to the White House, Reagan asked him: “Why wait until the end of the century for a world without nuclear weapons?”
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If the world is going to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, sanitising coal looks like the only answer. For starters, it’s unlikely that developing countries like China and India are going to be weaned off their dependence on the fuel any time soon. Although it’s only an early-stage technology, scientists believe that burning coal, sucking out the carbon dioxide and pumping it underground is entirely possible. Estimates suggest it would release only 10pc of the emissions of a traditional coal-fired power station.
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Nine British power groups have applied for €4.5bn (£3.8bn) in European Union funding to build coal power plants that capture carbon dioxide and pipe it into underground caves.
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