ONE third of the output this year from the UK’s youngest nuclear power plant is at threat after techniques to repair its cooling circuit were found not to work. Sizewell B, which began operations in 1995, was shut down on 17 March after higher than normal moisture levels were discovered in the containment building. Lake Acquisitions, a subsidiary of plant operator EdF says the problem is related to one of the heaters associated with the pressuriser. The component is not part of the reactor pressure vessel but is connected to the cooling circuit.
Chemical Engineer 14th Apr 2010 more >>
Plans to build Wylfa B on Anglesey would also be axed, the party, long opposed to nuclear, confirmed as it launched its manifesto in London yesterday.
Daily Post 15th Apr 2010 more >>
The Liberal Democrats will not build any new nuclear power stations, their manifesto has confirmed. Copeland Lib Dem candidate Frank Hollowell said he was very pleased with the manifesto. “Nick Clegg is clear on no to nuclear so I would expect our area to benefit from other forms of energy and inward investment to west Cumbria,” he said.
Carlisle News and Star 15th Apr 2010 more >>
THE Liberal Democrats will not replace Trident or build any new nuclear power stations, their manifesto has confirmed.
NW Evening Mail 15th Apr 2010 more >>
Letter David Lowry: Your dispatch says “as a contribution to the aims of the summit, the US and Russia are due to sign an agreement to take 34 tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium out of their reserve stockpiles and use it for the generation of nuclear power.” The recycling of plutonium is the most dangerous counter-terrorism and non-proliferation policy imaginable. It will normalise the use of the prime nuclear explosive material in international commerce, and ensure the movement from secured nuclear sites of huge quantities of weapons-usable nuclear material on roads, highways and public railways, placing it into the most vulnerable locations and inviting terrorist interventions. This policy is insane, hugely increasing global insecurity. It is out of the nuclear frying pan, into the atomic fire!
Guardian 16th Apr 2010 more >>
The Vice President hosted a group of leaders from the American and international nuclear industry to encourage them to adopt and promote higher nuclear security standards. One day after the President hosted the historic Nuclear Security Summit, over 20 industry leaders from the United States, Argentina, China, France, Japan, South Africa, Russia, South Korea met with the Vice President to discuss how industry could help advance the President’s goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years.
eGov Monitor 15th Apr 2010 more >>
FOR years at a stretch nuclear negotiators toil away uninterrupted deep in their diplomatic bunkers. But three times in as many weeks Barack Obama has dragged them out dazed and blinking before the Klieg lights: first for an arms treaty with Russia, then to recast America’s own policy and now for a summit in Washington, DC. It is the most eye-catching piece of nuclear theatrics since Ronald Reagan squared up to Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik. But what has it achieved?
Economist 15th Apr 2010 more >>
Paul Rogers: there is a small but definite possibility that a determined group could obtain a useable nuclear device illicitly either from a major existing nuclear state or from one of the newer powers. It is impossible to estimate the size of that risk, but it is probably the case that there was a greater danger in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even so, as nuclear weapons slowly proliferate, especially in countries with weaker security controls, then the chances of this outcome grow. The availability of nuclear material, whether highly-enriched uranium or reprocessed plutonium, does tend to rise as nuclear power and research reactors proliferate. At the same time, turning even weapons-grade fissile-material into a deployable weapon is very difficult – far more so than developing chemical or biological weapons, even though its destructive effects might usually be much less.
Open Democracy 15th Apr 2010 more >>
Constant hold-ups, skyrocketing costs, faulty construction Finland’s new Olkiluoto reactor, touted as the great white hope for Europe’s nuclear sector, is looking more and more like a great white elephant – and casting a fat black shadow over the whole industry. Greenpeace has counted over a thousand “incidents” in construction and on-site security breaches.
Press Europ 13th Apr 2010 more >>
Barack Obama, taking a centrist position, announced the government would provide $8bn in federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors. With two dozen or so nuclear plants stalled on the drawing board across the US, supporters hope the guarantees mark the beginning of a nuclear revival.
Ethical Corporation 15th Apr 2010 more >>
US President Barack Obama, during this week’s nuclear summit, put no pressure on Israel to shift away from its policy of deliberate ambiguity on its atomic programme, an Israeli minister said on Wednesday.
Middle East Online 15th Apr 2010 more >>
The UAE has a “strong commitment to non-proliferation” and will join 46 other countries in an effort to lock down the world’s loose nuclear materials, an Abu Dhabi daily reported Thursday.
Middle East Online 15th Apr 2010 more >>
Is Burma building a nuclear bomb? A “senior American diplomat” says the Burmese could follow the example of North Korea. “Burma can become the second hermit kingdom in Asia with nuclear weapons, able to deflect any outside threat. Unfortunately for us, Burma has the hard currency to buy what Pyongyang is selling – it may be rubies for atoms,” the source said.
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