Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for energy and climate change, yesterday called for an independent public inquiry into government plans to back a new generation of nuclear power plants being built in Britain. Mr Hughes did not comment directly on the stance the Lib Dems might take on new nuclear investment in the event of a hung parliament, but said it was a key issue for the party after the election. “It would be completely unacceptable for the government to rush through new nuclear in its last days in office without a public inquiry,” Mr Hughes said. He backed a call from a group of academics, environmentalists and other Lib Dem MPs calling for a formal “justification” of new nuclear construction. Justification is a formal process in European law, required to show that the risks of nuclear development are outweighed by the expected benefits.
FT 12th Mar 2010 more >>
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North West Evening Mail 11th Mar 2010 more >>
At midday today (11th March 2010), under close police security, one transport flask of High Level Waste (HLW) was delivered by rail from Sellafield to Barrow docks where it was loaded onto the ship Atlantic Osprey for transport to Holland. Departure from Barrow is expected on this evening’s high tide.
(Latest news: sailing delayed until Friday night)
CORE Press Release 11th Mar 2010 more >>
The UK is struggling to find a suitable site to bury the country’s radioactive waste from the next generation of nuclear stations, the government’s adviser has warned. The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) said that while the process for siting a geological disposal facility is sound, it is at an “early stage”.
Planning 12th Mar 2010 more >>
WEST Cumbrian residents have voiced concerns about underground nuclear waste storage. Around 25 people attended a meeting at Bothel village hall on Tuesday to see how they might be affected by such a storage site. proposals for an underground facility to dispose of high activity radioactive waste.
Times and Star 11th Mar 2010 more >>
EnergySolutions has been picked to provide waste management systems for two new CPR-1000 reactors being built at Yangjiang. Under the contract with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corporation (CGNPC), EnergySolutions will design and supply the liquid waste processing system and solid waste systems for two reactor units of Yangjiang. CGNPC is building a total of six domestically-designed CPR-1000 reactors at the Yangjiang site in Guangdong Province. In a statement, EnergySolutions said that when the units are equipped with its liquid waste processing systems, the effluent discharges from the plants would be reduced to less than half of China’s current national standard.
Nuclear Engineering International 11th March 2010 more >>
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) have written to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) about alarming allegations made by the French nuclear group Sortir du Nucleaire (French Network for Nuclear Phase-out) over the safety of the proposed European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) design by EDF / Areva
Get Noticed Online 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Trouble, or so they say, comes in threes and so it is for the designs of the so-called new ‘third generation’ of nuclear reactors.
Greenpeace Nuclear Reaction 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Centaur Media is holding a conference dedicated to the nuclear-power industry. The conference comes under The Lawyer brand, so there is a focus on the opportunities available to law firms; but given the topics covered in the programme, Centaur expects this conference to appeal to all in the nuclear sector.
Engineering Talk 11th Mar 2010 more >>
The UK Government needs to commit to backing a long-term nuclear future and stop procrastinating, says the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Energy Efficiency News 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Radioactive Particles Progress Report. November 2009 to March 2010
Dounreay.com 11th March 2010 more >>
Two large-scale construction projects at Dounreay have become victims of the Government funding squeeze on the UK’s nuclear clean-up programme. Plans have been shelved for the design of the proposed new waste plants, near Thurso, causing major concern in the local building trade. The postponement of the projects will cost jobs, though management claims it should have a ‘minimal’ effect on the site’s permanent workforce.
STV 11th Mar 2010 more >>
THIS picture shows the dramatic difference a corridor of electricity pylons stretching from Hinkley Point across the Somerset Levels could make to our countryside.
This is the West Country 11th Mar 2010 more >>
A NEW nuclear power station at Shepperdine would have to be built with cooling towers up to 200 metres high, developers have confirmed. Local residents, who oppose plans to build another nuclear power station near Oldbury, were dealt the blow at a public meeting held by Horizon, the company behind the proposals. Derick Cottell, site development manager for Horizon, said: “It is not possible to have a direct cooling system for a new station at Oldbury because the site’s electrical capacity is eight times the size of the existing station and will produce eight times the heat.
Gloucestershire Gazette 11th Mar 2010 more >>
YRM has won its second major scheme in the country’s growing nuclear sector with a deal to masterplan EDF Energy’s site at Sizewell in Suffolk. The firm is already carrying out similar work for the French utility giant at Hinkley Point in Somerset and previously worked on Sizewell B, completed in 1994.
Building Design 11th Mar 2010 more >>
There has been much fuss regarding the establishment by the government of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), a body set up to fast-track planning applications for so-called “nationally significant infrastructure projects” so as to save them being held up or halted by unwilling local authorities and public inquiries. This is important to Anglesey residents as potentially the decision to grant planning permission to a second nuclear reactor at Wylfa could be adjudicated by this body.
The Druid 11th Mar 2010 more >>
EVER since the atom was split, governments have struggled to control a force with potential for good that can also wreak awful destruction. Some argue it is impossible to stop technologies that can keep the lights on from being used to make bombs. That is a sobering thought in a world ready to re-embrace relatively carbon-free nuclear power. But David Albright, a respected chronicler of undercover nuclear shenanigans, tells a more alarming story: just how little most governments have done to halt the bomb’s spread.
Economist 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Four national technical safety organizations have announced the creation of a European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute (ENSTTI) to help strengthen European research and assessment know-how in the fields of nuclear safety and radiation protection.
World Nuclear News 11th Mar 2010 more >>
German local utilities are opposing a plan by the German government to extend the lives of nuclear reactors.
Bloomberg 12th Mar 2010 more >>
The US nuclear industry received a welcome confidence boost from the US government this week in the form of a $40m grant, even as policymakers continued to puzzle over how to store its waste.
Business Green 11th Mar 2010 more >>
South Korea’s ascent to the top level of nuclear nations has continued with prospective cooperation with Turkey and fresh determination to introduce reprocessing. However, political and commercial hurdles remain.
World Nuclear News 11th Mar 2010 more >>
Turkish energy and construction company Enka Insaat is in talks with South Korean company KEPCO to build a nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, a source at Enka told Reuters on Thursday.
Interactive Investor 11th Mar 2010 more >>
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Russia plans to take part in Egypt’s nuclear power plant tenders once Egypt initiates the process, Russia’s Trade and Industry Minister said on Thursday.
Interactive Investor 11th Mar 2010 more >>
France has been lambasted for “dragging its heels” in committing to nuclear disarmament issues. Gareth Evans, co-chairman of the International Commission on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, said Paris “appears determined not to commit to a nuclear-free world.”
UK Parliament 11th Mar 2010 more >>