A CONSULTATION which will determine if West Cumbria takes part in a search for the location of an underground store for the UKs nuclear waste is drawing to a close. Article examines some of the wider issues surrounding the proposed facility.
NW Evening Mail 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Kendal Museum will be holding an exhibition of specially created artworks based on Lakeland Geology. Lakeland geology is of intense interest as it is being considered for the geological disposal of high-level nuclear wastes. Associated with the exhibition will be a series of lectures and workshops examining this topic. 24th March to 16th June.
Kendal Museum (accessed) 11th Feb 2012 more >>
A Government benefits package awarded to Copeland if it decides to host a nuclear waste dump should leave a long-term legacy for the area, a meeting has heard. Elaine Woodburn, the leader of Copeland council, accepted that the area has missed past opportunities to be properly rewarded for its input into the nuclear industry.
News & Star 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Bridgwater is looking to build on momentum already created by the proposed £12bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station with a range of development projects, Insiders latest Economic Forum event was told. David Eccles, head of the Bridgwater office of French energy giant EDF, said: “A rising tide lifts all ships, and this project is of such a scale that it can transform Bridgwater and be of enormous benefit for the town, the county and the wider region. At its peak, it will be the biggest construction site in Europe. “The national need for major energy solutions is obvious and the government is hugely supportive of projects like this in that broader national sense its a question of when not if.”
Insider Media 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Rupert Cox, of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, has been working hard for us to make sure that the proposed new power station at Hinckley Point brings work to this county, and not just for massive national concerns. I encourage you all to make sure that you have registered your interest if you supply either materials or services that are relevant. Even if you are a small business there are opportunities here.
Western Gazette 9th Feb 2012 more >>
ONR Newsletter February 2012 includes articles on IAEA review team in Japan and regulating Sellafield
HSE 10th Feb 2012 more >>
A WATCHDOG that monitors safety in the nuclear industry has taken enforcement action against bosses at Sizewell A. It follows an incident in September last year when 13,000 litres of treated pond water leaked from a waste treatment plant, known as an active effluent treatment plant (AETP). The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is now taking enforcement action against Magnox Ltd, which is the licensee for the decommissioning power station.
EADT 11th Feb 2012 more >>
Materials currently stored at Dounreay in Scotland include unirradiated plutonium and high enriched uranium bearing fuels, which are termed by Dounreay as exotics. It is still an option to retain the material and treat it at Dounreay. Transporting the fuel to Sellafield will take between 30 to 60 train journeys during a six year period beginning in 2014/15 while treating the material on site will mean the construction of suitable facilities, which would take between eight an 10 years to build. The NDA said that all the Dounreay exotics were not considered waste and are instead potentially all recyclable. The NDA is expected to make a decision on its preferred option in March.
New Civil Engineer 8th Feb 2012 more >>
Remaining nuclear material left at the redundant Dounreay nuclear plant in Scotland should be transferred to Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has suggested. Rail movements of high-level nuclear material from the site to Sellafield are expected to start this year. But so-called exotics which include unirradiated plutonium and high-enriched uranium bearing fuels remain under lock and key at the Scottish base. However, the NDA says that the storage facilities housing the materials will need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years, with new storage taking about eight to ten years to design and build. Copeland MP Jamie Reed is calling for talks with the authorities to discuss the implications of an independent Scotland being charged to store and treat material at Sellafield.
Cumberland News 10th Feb 2012 more >>
The Big Six energy firms are set to announce bumper profits of £15bn in the next few weeks. The figures for 2011 will be £2bn higher than the previous year’s profits, according to forecasts from financial analysts. Meanwhile, with the Met Office predicting more freezing weather, Britain’s estimated 5.5 million households struggling in fuel poverty will be forced to decide whether they can afford to turn on their heating.
Independent 11th Feb 2012 more >>
Remember last year when Germany decided to speed up its phasing out of nuclear power and switch to clean energy and everyone (not in the clean energy industry) got freaked out about how German electricity prices would rise and the country would just start importing electricity from France’s nuclear power plants? Well, as I just wrote, it seems pretty clear that solar photovoltaics are bringing down the cost of electricity in Germany. Additionally, electricity exports to France have been increasing! “Because France has so much nuclear power, the country has an inordinate number of electric heating systems. And because France has not added on enough additional capacity over the past decade, the country’s current nuclear plants are starting to have trouble meeting demand, especially when it gets very cold in the winter,” Craig Morris of Renewables International writes.
IB Times 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Only three of Japans 54 nuclear reactors remain online, and come April, there very well may be no nuclear plants running at all, and the impact on society here will remain all but invisible. Sure, some of the bright advertising lights of Tokyo have been dimmed to conserve power, and some large companies are complaining of increased energy costs, but in a country built on huge power excesses, where theres a vending machine serving hot or cold drinks on virtually every street, and heated toilet seats in almost every home, there are many places power savings can be made without hurting standard of living.
Greenpeace International 10th Feb 2012 more >>
The Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant was “near meltdown” after being hit by tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, according to the head of the plant.
Yomiuri 10th Feb 2012 more >>
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) signed off on the first new nuclear reactors since 1978 on Thursday, marking the beginning and some might say the end of the United States’ nuclear renaissance.
Nature 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Business Green 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Saudi Arabia would immediately push to acquire nuclear weapons should Iran carry out a successfully nuclear test, according to a report in The Times. Quoting an unnamed Saudi source, the newspapers said that Riyadh would launch a twin-track nuclear weapons programme should Tehran finally achieve their long-standing ambition of becoming a nuclear-armed power.
Huffington Post 10th Feb 2012 more >>
U.S. officials confirmed today that Israel has been funding and training Iranian dissidents to assassinate nuclear scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. The claim has already been levelled by the Iranian government who believed that Mossad, Israel’s secret service, have been arming dissidents with the terrorist organisation the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK).
Daily Mail 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Argentina’s foreign minister on Friday claimed the UK had dispatched a nuclear-armed submarine to the ocean near the disputed Falkland Islands, a region that is covered by a nuclear prohibition treaty. Britain refused to discuss the claims.
France24 11th Feb 2012 more >>
BBC 11th Feb 2012 more >>
The Daily Mail reported this week that Britain had deployed a Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine armed only with conventional weapons.
Guardian 10th Feb 2012 more >>
The Royal Navy has reportedly sent a submarine to the Falklands, believed to be either HMS Tireless or HMS Turbulent. Both are powered by nuclear reactors but it is unlikely they are carrying nuclear warheads.
Daily Mail 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Britain’s ambassador to the UN has said Argentinian claims that the UK is militarising the Falkland Islands are “manifestly absurd”.
Sky 11th Feb 2012 more >>
A CONSULTATION exercise on proposals to cut up decommissioned nuclear submarines in Devonport has received just 32 responses since it was launched in October. The most recent figures obtained from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) reveal that only 72 feedback forms have been submitted. Thirty four queries have been logged by the MoD, as well as the 32 ‘responses’, and a total of 3,000 consultation documents have been handed out.
Plymouth Herald 11th Feb 2012 more >>
The UK renewable energy company Ecotricity just released an amusing video ad as part of its Dump the Big Six social media campaign designed to get Europeans to ditch the big six traditional power providers for Ecotricitys services. Ecotricity calls itself the worlds first green electricity company devoted exclusively to procuring and selling renewable electrons. The company is also developing projects to support biogas and displace the use of natural gas.
Climate Progress 9th Feb 2012 more >>
IB Times 10th Feb 2012 more >>
The wind industry has joined with the solar sector in protesting against proposed cuts to the level of feed-in tariff incentives available for small scale renewables, which according to experts threaten to “kill” the expanding market for small scale wind turbines.
Business Green 10th Feb 2012 more >>
Nearly 4m homes across the UK will be powered by the sun within eight years, the government said on Thursday, in a dramatic increase of ambition for the fledgling solar power industry. But the estimate comes on the back of a cut in the subsidies available for solar energy generation, to take effect from April, which will greatly reduce the amount of money households with solar panels will receive. Ministers said the cut was needed because the costs of solar panels have plummeted in recent months, and the new rules follow an unsuccessful attempt to impose cuts last year that was judged unlawful in the courts.
Guardian 9th Feb 2012 more >>