Campaigners will protest at Hinkley Point on Sunday lunchtime against plans to destroy many acres of open countryside well in advance of major consents being agreed for two proposed nuclear reactors. The protest is part of an ‘Action Weekend’ of activities which includes a day of talks and workshops for campaigners and a disco evening. The Saturday workshop includes national speakers Ben Ayliffe from Greenpeace, Neil Crumpton from the Bellona Institute and formerly Friends of the Earth and Professor Chris Busby of Green Audit.
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The following area of the website provides a comprehensive list of important documents and website links related to EDF’s proposed new nuclear build at Hinkley Point C.
Somerset County Council 11th Sept 2010 more >>
THE adverse impacts of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point currently outweigh any benefits it would bring to the local community. That was the message to members of West Somerset Council’s cabinet last night (Thursday), when they were being called on to register their disquiet with the proposed Hinkley C developer EDF Energy. They were also being asked to give their support to a 721-page combined response from West Somerset and Sedgemoor District Councils which brands the power giant’s plans as “unacceptable” and “completely inadequate”.
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Plaid Cymru’s former chairman accused the party of sending “mixed messages” on nuclear power. John Dixon was opposing an amendment calling for economic benefit for Anglesey if a new, replacement nuclear plant approved at Wylfa. But that amendment, supported by Plaid leader and the island’s AM Ieuan Wyn Jones, was carried by the conference. Mr Dixon said: “The danger in passing what is before us today is that we end up continuing to send mixed messages. “We have succeeded as a party in giving the impression that we are utterly opposed to any new nuclear power station, anywhere, where nobody wants to build one, and that we’re happy to support it where they do.”
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The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation after a crane dropped a heavy load on to a new nuclear submarine berthed at Faslane naval base on the Firth of Clyde. The accident happened on September 3, but was only revealed after enquiries from the Sunday Herald following a tip-off from insiders. HMS Astute, the Royal Navy’s latest reactor-driven submarine, was hit by a ramp slipping from a crane during loading. Critics warn the drop could have had serious consequences, triggering a torpedo explosion or a radiation leak. But the MoD insisted that the “wider safety of the boat was not compromised”.
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The National Security Council will discuss plans for a £20 billion Trident replacement on Friday – with the debate said to include whether the replacement system should go ahead at all, not just how it is funded. Senior defence chiefs are understood to be split over whether Britain should retain a submarine-based strategic nuclear deterrent or opt for a cheaper alternative.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2010 more >>
A plan to ship 16 steam generators — with nuclear waste inside — on the Detroit River and the Great Lakes has raised international outrage, authorities said. Residents on the U.S. and Canadian sides of the waterways are alarmed by the plan to ship the generators, each the size of a city bus, from a nuclear power plant in Canada to a recycling plant in Sweden.
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Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Sunday Telegraph he has full American backing for a proposed €200 million (£165 million) defensive “shield”, which he hopes will be agreed in November at a summit of members in Lisbon. He was speaking after weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned last week that Iran had passed a crucial nuclear threshold which took it nearer to being able to arm ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
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The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) disclosed details of an accident that happened on August 26, 2010 at the Monju fast breeder reactor (here is the original JAEA letter). As described in the press, the accident involved a 3-tonne “fuel-replacement device” falling into the reactor vessel when being removed after a scheduled fuel replacement operation. According to JAEA, the accident may result in a delay in bringing the reactor back into operation, since the device may have damaged the reactor vessel wall.
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Kuwait, the fifth-biggest oil producer among OPEC members, plans to build four nuclear power reactors by 2022, joining a drive for atomic energy among Gulf countries seeking alternative sources of electricity.
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Argentina, whose pioneering nuclear energy program was sidelined for years, has embarked on an ambitious plan to build nuclear power plants again to ease reliance on dwindling fossil fuels. Argentina opened the first nuclear power plant in Latin America in 1974. But the country stopped at two plants when the technology fell out of favor as accidents such as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster raised safety concerns worldwide.
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To green campaigners, it is windfarm heaven, generating a claimed fifth of its power from wind and praised by British ministers as the model to follow. But amid a growing public backlash, Denmark, the world’s most windfarm-intensive country, is turning against the turbines. Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark’s giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. “Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours,” said a spokesman for the company. “Now we are putting all our efforts into offshore windfarms.”
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Geothermal engineers are heading to west country ‘hotspots’ to drill deep underground for vast reserves of renewable energy.
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SCOTTISH POWER is this week expected to announce another significant investment in renewables alongside Spanish firm Gamesa, which will unveil plans to manufacture equipment for wind turbines. First Minister Alex Salmond will also travel to Bilbao to meet executives of ScottishPower parent Iberdrola and to discuss Gamesa’s plans. It is thought Gamesa will say that it is looking at a number of sites to establish facilities.
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