Scottish Waste Consultation
A permanent solution to storing nuclear waste above ground, close to where it was produced, has come a step closer with the publication of a draft policy for consultation. But the crunch decisions on precisely which sites are selected for storage and whether there is any transfer of material between them, is unlikely to come this side of the next Holyrood election. Involved are Dounreay in Caithness and former defence facility Vulcan, Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire, Hunterston in Ayrshire, Torness in East Lothian, and Rosyth dockyard in Fife. Faslane as an active military base is not included. The policy of on-site storage was adopted when the SNP came to power and contrasts with the intention South of the Border to look at deep burial of material. (This story appears to have been removed from the website)
Herald 16th Jan 2010 more >>
Scottish Government Release 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Consultation Document 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Dounreay looks set to become a nuclear waste dump after plans revealed by the Scottish Government.
Press & Journal 16th Jan 2010 more >>
Urban Realm 15th Jan 2010 more >>
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into the storage of radioactive waste. Environment Minister Richard Lockhead has indicated that the government’s preferred option is for the waste to be stored in Scotland, close to existing nuclear facilities, to reduce the need for the waste to be transported.
STV 15th Jan 2010 more >>
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Green Solutions, Not Nuclear Greenwash! – Tue 26 Jan: Demonstrate at UK Nuclear New Build Conference, London.
Stop Nuclear Power 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Proposals for two nuclear power stations have joined 15 other projects on the books of new planning body the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). The IPC opens for business on 1 March with contentious proposals for nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury in Gloucestershire high on the list. Both are proposed by the RWE/Eon joint venture Horizon power. The IPC now has six wind farms, four new nuclear power plants (two with accompanying connections applications), two waste combustion plants, two highway schemes and a biomass power plant on its books.
New Civil Engineer 14th Jan 2010 more >>
IPC Timetable Jan 2010 more >>
Areva is weighing whether to bring out cheaper, less sophisticated nuclear reactors after its flagship EPR lost out to a low-cost South Korean rival in one of the biggest civil tenders last year. Top management at the French group last week launched a review of its product range to determine whether Areva should reintroduce the simpler second-generation CPR1,000 reactors – which it stopped building 20 years ago – for client countries that are new to nuclear power.
FT 15th Jan 2010 more >>
An energy giant bidding to provide the reactors for Britain’s next generation of nuclear plants has teamed up with major firms. Westinghouse Electrical Company has announced it will work with construction firms The Shaw Group and Laing O’Rourke, which began in Carlisle, if it gets the go-ahead to build its AP1000 reactors.
Cumberland News 15th Jan 2010 more >>
RESIDENTS baffled by the planning process that will decide if a second nuclear power station will be built at Oldbury are being offered help from their local MP. Northavon MP Steve Webb met with representatives from the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) last week, which is the new body that will decide on any future nuclear developments. Mr Webb said: “After my discussions with the Infrastructure Planning Commission it has become clear to me that the process of consultation over a new nuclear power plant risks baffling us all. “There are pre-application consultations, exhibitions and debates, preliminary public meetings and full public hearings, all over a period of more than two years. “We have to give our views to the nuclear power company, to the council, to the Government and to the Infrastructure Planning Commission. It is vital that there is real clarity so that people who feel strongly about these issues know when and how they can have their say.”
Gloucestershire Gazette 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Cumbrian sheep are still being monitored by the Government, 23 years after Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster. Some farms in Cumbria and Wales still need permission from the Food Standards Agency to sell their sheep in case the meat is radioactive. A commentator used this example to argue for more nuclear power stations.
Carlisle News and Star 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Green New Deal
When Labour are challenged about the deficit, they should reply: “Yes, we absolutely have increased the deficit. That is what you should do in a recession. And we will keep on increasing the deficit and stimulating the economy until this nightmare is over. Look at Ireland. Is that what you want?” (If they were smarter still, they’d use the stimulus money on launching Britain on a massive, labour-intensive transition to renewable energy sources, solving two crises at once.) Instead, Labour offers a mumbled, evasive pledge that they too will cut the deficit, just a bit later. Without hearing the case for Keynesianism, this just sounds like incompetence or evasiveness.
Independent 15th Jan 2010 more >>
Over 450 investors controlling $13tn of assets yesterday urged world governments to pre-empt an international climate change treaty and take immediate action on global warming, or risk losing the opportunity to establish a clean and sustainable low-carbon economy.
Guardian 15th Jan 2010 more >>
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Friday that the process for approving federal loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants has become “complicated,” but the department still expects to issue its first loan deals very soon.
Reuters 15th Jan 2010 more >>
A pair of duck hunters prompted a lock-down in Texas at America’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant, officials said on Friday. but there was no security threat, officials said.
Telegraph 16th Jan 2010 more >>
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Kuwait and France have signed an agreement on nuclear cooperation amid suggestions that the Gulf state is interested in buying a stake in Areva.
World Nuclear News 15th Jan 2010 more >>