Plans to build new nuclear reactors to plug the looming gap in Britain’s electricity generation will be delayed again by another round of wide-ranging consultation. The Government is concerned that it could face another legal challenge from pressure group Greenpeace if it does not consult properly over its Energy Review. Now nuclear companies have complained that, as a result, the Government is in effect “starting from scratch” on its plans for nuclear new build. It has also emerged that nuclear generator British Energy has approached Centrica, owner of British Gas, about being part of a consortium to build the new reactors. British Energy wants to sign long-term supply contracts for the power from any new reactors. The Government had planned to publish its long-awaited Energy Review this week. Publication could now slip into June. Alongside the review, the Government will issue more consultations over nuclear power.
Independent on Sunday 13th May 2007
The ancient Korean capital of Kyongju’s past is reflected in the royal burial mounds from over 1,000 years ago. Its future, by popular local acclaim, will be as the country’s biggest nuclear waste dump. In an unusual plebiscite in 2005, South Korea dangled at least 300 billion won ($325 million) in aid and the promise of thousands of jobs to the area that would host the dump. Four cities applied. Kyongju won with nearly 90 percent of its voters saying they wanted an area that is home to dozens of World Cultural Heritage sites to eventually store nearly 800,000 barrels of radioactive waste.
Reuters 13th May 2007
A NEW £30m nuclear freight ship to be based in Barrow was launched in Japan yesterday. The 4,500 tonne Pacific Heron was launched by Mitsui Shipbuilding and Engineering at its Tamano shipyard. It will, like its predecessors, be armed with cannon at the shipyard by BAE after it arrives in its new home town. It has been built for Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited to carry high level nuclear waste and the controversial Mox recycled fuel containing plutonium, around the world.
North West Evening Mail (Barrow) 11th May 2007
As the SNP will only be a minority administration, Salmond’s plan for a “Trident toll”, which would slap a £1 million levy on a nuclear warhead brought to Scotland, is likely to be rethought.
Sunday Herald 13th May 2007
GORDON Brown plans to build five new ‘eco-towns’ to point the way towards an environmentally friendly future for Britain under his leadership. The Chancellor will tomorrow unveil proposals for the ‘green utopias’, each with up to 20,000 new homes powered by clean electricity from sources including solar and wind energy.
Scotland on Sunday 13th May 2007
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Sunday Times 13th May 2007
Demonstrators living at Britain’s longest-running peace camp are discovering what it is like being on the receiving end of a protest movement. Twenty-five years ago, campaigners began a two-week sit-in that grew into a worldwide symbol of anti-nuclear activism. But now it is the focus of festering discontent among residents living close to the home of Britain’s nuclear submarine fleet, who feel that the daily inconvenience has gone too far.
Observer 13th May 2007