Professor Laurence Williams has today been appointed as Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. He will take up the post in November 2012, for a period of four years. Professor Williams is currently Professor of Nuclear Safety at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). Professor Williams has a long and distinguished career in the field of nuclear regulation, including as the Governments Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations from 1998 to 2005.
DECC 10th July 2012 more >>
Hendry: I am pleased to announce today the publication of the second annual report of the Governments Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Programme. The programme is focused on implementing the geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The report shows that we are continuing to make progress across a number of key areas of work in the implementation of geological disposal, working within the underpinning principles of voluntarism and partnership with local communities. The results of a recent public opinion poll in Cumbria conducted by Ipsos Mori showed that the majority of local people surveyed were in favour of further participation in the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) process. This information will be carefully considered by the decision making bodies in Cumbria alongside other responses to the local consultation before a decision about participation is made.
DECC 10th July 2012 more >>
There must be something wrong with the carrots in Mr McGregors garden. That, or something else has affected the appearance of the famous Beatrix Potter character, Peter Rabbit. The appearance of a three-eared version of the popular childrens character was actually a stunt carried out by anti-nuclear protesters. They were in Hawkshead to launch a petition to oppose what they label the geological dumping of nuclear waste in the Lake District. As well as the petition, campaigners asked visitors and residents to send letters to Hawkshead Parish Council. Around 70 people signed letters in around 90 minutes. The petition now has more than 200 signatures. A spokesman for Radiation Free Lakeland said: Many local people, shopkeepers in Hawkshead had not heard of the plan and were appalled that Cumbria and land directly under the National Park should be targeted for a geological nuclear dump.
NW Evening Mail 10th July 2012 more >>
Businesses based in Cumbria are being urged to bid for a share of a £15 million fund set up to develop Britains nuclear supply chain. The fund has been set up by Government organisations, including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Called Developing the Civil Nuclear Power Supply Chain, it will help finance feasibility projects designed to stimulate innovation in Britains civil nuclear power sector. The aim is to develop a network of UK companies that can seize the huge opportunities offered by the expanding UK and global nuclear industries over the coming decades.
Cumberland News 10th July 2012 more >>
Nuclear power plant developers have announced the building of a bypass to save villagers from construction traffic will be brought forward six months. But it will still not be completed in time to save Cannington, near Bridgwater, from months of noise and disruption.
Western Daily Press 10th July 2012 more >>
A FRANCO/Sino consortium has been linked with a bid to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey. French nuclear group Areva will make a joint bid with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation Holding (CGNPC) to replace the islands existing Wylfa Station.
Wales Online 10th July 2012 more >>
Energy Live News 10th July 2012 more >>
MPs on the Science and Technology Committee said in the report that the public find it difficult to trust the government as an impartial source of information as it is an advocate for nuclear power. The report also criticised the international scale for nuclear accidents for warning the public over such disasters, after it classed Fukushima as serious an incident as Chernobyl.
Engineering & Technology 10th July 2012 more >>
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has defended a £400m budget underspend from last year, after concerns were raised by some green businesses that the government had cut back unnecessarily on climate change spending. According to a new Treasury report, DECC failed to spend nearly 14 per cent of its 2011/12 budget, representing the largest proportional underspend of any government department. A spokesman for DECC insisted there was “not £400m underspent sitting around the department” and told BusinessGreen that the extra savings were largely the result of higher than expected income from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The Treasury has maintained that its controversial delay to an increase in fuel duty has been funded by an underspend on departmental budgets, meaning that DECC’s failure to spend its entire budget has indirectly contributed to lower than expected environmental taxes and cheaper petrol.
Business Green 10th July 2012 more >>
The prospect of the UK’s first nuclear reactor running on spent fuel edged closer to reality yesterday with the submission of a feasibility study by developer GE Hitachi (GEH). The next-generation PRISM (Power Reactor Innovative Small Modular) reactor is one of the solutions the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is looking at to deal with the 100 tonnes of plutonium waste being stored in the country.
Business Green 10th July 2012 more >>
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publicises one of the largest surveys of public opinion on energy policy carried out by the UK Government which provides the strongest evidence yet of high public support for renewable energy and more limited support for nuclear power. The independent survey conducted for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) asked in detail 2,121 people their views on climate change, energy sources and their key concerns over future energy use.
Nuclear Free Local Authorities 10th July 2012 more >>
PUBLIC support in the South West for nuclear energy has risen sharply since the Fukushima incident in Japan last year, according to a new poll. The YouGov survey, which was commissioned by EDF Energy, also shows that most people support building new nuclear power stations to fill the energy gap, as existing stations close. Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of people in the South West recognise the need for nuclear energy as part of the nation’s energy mix, with only 14 per cent disagreeing.
Mid Devon Gazette 10th July 2012 more >>
Britains nuclear industry is again the center of controversy. The UK has the biggest stockpile of Plutonium in the world, but there are no definite plans for how to get rid of it and the delays are costing the UK taxpayer billions. A record number of radioactive particles have been found on beaches near the Sellafield nuclear plant, in North West England. The authorities who run it admit its the most radioactive place in Western Europe but insist its safe. Sellafield is where all storage of radioactive materials and nuclear reprocessing in the UK takes place. It was once at the heart of plutonium manufacturing for the British atomic weapons program.
RT 10th July 2012 more >>
What struck me the most about the film Chernobyl Diaries, which I had put off for as long I could, was the shameless insensitivity it shows towards the hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered and continue to suffer from the 1986 nuclear disaster. The film portrays Chernobyls victims as deformed flesh-eating zombies who haunt the abandoned city of Prypiat, which lies near the destroyed reactor in north Ukraine. The nuclear meltdown has fenced-off an area roughly the size of Oxfordshire. And then there is the death toll. The UNDP places this at around 9000, but many dispute this conservative figure, with reasonable estimates stretching to nearer one million.
Independent 11th July 2012 more >>
Fukushima Crisis Update 6th – 9th July.
Greenpeace International 10th July 2012 more >>
The Japanese government is preparing to formalise targets that will establish the country as one of the world’s premier green energy markets. According to a draft of the country’s soon-to-be-released growth strategy, clean technologies will be central to the government’s efforts to revive the economy over the next eight years. The document reveals the government is aiming to create a 50 trillion yen ($628bn) green energy market by 2020 through a combination of deregulation and renewable energy subsidies.
Business Green 11th July 2012 more >>
The devastating conclusion that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown was an accident waiting to happen has grabbed the headlines. But the investigation has also unearthed worrying questions about the catastrophe and its human cost that deserve attention. Buried in the main body of the official report are new insights into how events unfolded and how as many as 60 local residents died as a result of the muddled response. Most coverage has rightly focused on the finding that the meltdown was a “man-made disaster” caused by unhealthy collusion between the power company Tepco and the government regulators meant to oversee it. That condemnation is all the more powerful when one thinks of the disaster’s implications: a national spasm of fear, genuine concern that the reactors were dangerously out of control and a human legacy in which thousands of people are still living as refugees.
BBC 7th July 2012 more >>
America’s first new nuclear plants in more than a decade are costing billions more to build and sometimes taking longer to deliver than planned, problems that could chill the industry’s hopes for a jumpstart to the nation’s new nuclear age. Licensing delay charges, soaring construction expenses and installation glitches as mundane as misshapen metal bars have driven up the costs of three plants in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, from hundreds of millions to as much as $2 billion, according to an Associated Press analysis of public records and regulatory filings.
Fox News 10th July 2012 more >>
The world’s first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction as scrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state.
Reuters 10th July 2012 more >>
THERE have been 266 fires on nuclear submarines in the past 25 years, it has emerged. The incidents included 74 on ballistic missile submarines. Three of the fires happened while the vessels were in naval bases, one of them on a ballistic missile submarine.
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