Divisions have appeared again in US President George W. Bush’s administration over a North Korean nuclear disarmament deal amid leaked US intelligence citing alleged atomic links between the Stalinist state and Syria. As North Korea moves to declare and disable its nuclear weapons program under a six-party deal, reports in the New York Times and Washington Post have suggested Pyongyang may be helping US arch rival Syria build a nuclear weapons facility.
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A senior U.S. nuclear official said Friday that North Koreans were in Syria and that Damascus may have had contacts with “secret suppliers” to obtain nuclear equipment.
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NUCLEAR power should play a “major role” in the future economy of Cumbria, the Government is being told. Cumbria County Council is sending this message to ministers after agreeing to respond to the consultation process triggered by the Energy White Paper. The authority says nuclear power should be part of the energy supply mix – but concerns over how nuclear waste is disposed of need to be dealt with.
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The government is to undertake a round of diplomatic activity on climate change in the next few weeks, as well as signalling support for a renewable energy drive by backing the Severn barrage, as it tries to counter landmark green proposals issued in the past fortnight by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. The government’s advisory body, the Sustainable Development Commission, is due to report on the viability of the Severn barrage project in a fortnight, but the mood among ministers is to press ahead with the £15bn project, which would be able to provide 6% of UK electricity.
Guardian 15th Sept 2007 more >>
Low level waste
PLANS TO ship radioactive waste from Rosyth Dockyard to Scandinavia could lead to a 95% reduction in the amount being sent for burial in England, it has been revealed. Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd (RRDL) wants to send the low level material from decommissioned nuclear submarines at the Fife base to Nykoping in Sweden for processing.
Dundee Courier 15th Sept 2007 more >>