An exhibition in Manchester chronicling 30 years of the ‘nuclear free’ movement has been launched by the mayor of Nagasaki. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bombings – 65 Years On, is on at the People’s History Museum. It provides a photographic catalogue of the events of August 1945, when the Japanese cities were attacked with atomic bombs, killing more than 200,000 people. The display was unveiled at a special event to celebrate Manchester’s involvement in the nuclear free movement and the setting up of Nuclear Free Local Authorities.
Manchester Evening News 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Nuclear and Climate
Mark Lynas: The overwhelming response to the programme and to the things I’ve said has been positive from greens across the country and abroad. I would guess that more than half the green movement agrees with me on GM and nuclear and those numbers are changing every day.
Ecologist 15th Nov 2010 more >>
A report into the removal of body organs and tissue from Sellafield workers, apparently without consent, for analysis at nuclear laboratories is due to be published. The independent probe was ordered when it was disclosed in April 2007 that body parts were taken from nuclear workers for testing. Michael Redfern QC was initially asked by the Government to look at 65 reported cases involving people who were mainly employed at Sellafield in Cumbria between 1962 and 1992. The terms of reference of the Redfern Inquiry were widened less than a year later to look at cases from 1955 to the present day concerning the removal of organs and tissue “from individuals at NHS or other facilities”. In September 2008 Mr Redfern reportedly said he was concerned at the level of organ retention he had uncovered during his research and his team was now looking at the possible role of hospital management and administration in the matter.
Berwickshire News 16th Nov 2010 more >>
Spent Fuel Management
The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the NDA has produced a feasibility study exploring options for storage, transport and disposal of spent fuel from potential new nuclear power stations. This work was commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) working together with prospective new nuclear power station operators. The work undertaken in these studies has identified that there are a number of feasible alternative options for the management of spent fuel from new nuclear power stations. In the area of storage and packaging it has been established that there are a number of feasible potential centralised storage and packaging options and that both wet and dry technology is potentially suitable for the long term management of new nuclear power station spent fuel.
NDA 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Environmental scientists at Clemson University have received a three-year, $1.2M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how plutonium, a byproduct of used nuclear fuel, interacts with soil. The research has implications for nuclear cleanup efforts and could help the Department of Energy more accurately estimate the risk posed by long-term nuclear waste disposal. “Plutonium contamination in soils can be transported in groundwater away from the site and possibly contaminate drinking water supplies for populated areas,” said Brian Powell, an assistant professor of environmental engineering and Earth science and principal investigator on the project. “The way to predict how much and how fast plutonium moves through the groundwater is to look at the dominant geochemical processes that control plutonium’s behavior in the subsurface.
Power Online 14th Nov 2010 more >>
Dr. David Lowry is an independent research policy consultant specializing in nuclear issues, working with politicians, NGOs and the media. His text below, which he recently submitted to NPF, is the written version of his presentation to a workshop on “Challenging NPT-backed Nuclear Power Expansion” at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) annual conference in London on October 9, 2010. Dr. Ford’s comments in response to Dr. Lowry’s remarks follow the text below
New Paradigms Forum 15th Nov 2010 more >>
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today laid before Parliament its Annual Report and Accounts for 2009/10. The Annual Report details strong performance against budget with revenue generation of £1.0 billion, exceeding target by £0.1 billion. Alongside the efforts to drive up revenues, there is a continued commitment to reducing costs and driving further efficiency in delivery of the NDA programme. This resulted in £0.2billion savings in the year, enabling £2.7bn of work to be delivered from the NDA’s £2.5bn budget.
NDA Press Release 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Several prominent non-governmental organizations are accusing Bruce Power (BP) of misleading the public, the media and decision-makers about the kind of contamination inside the cargo of 16 radioactive steam generators it plans to ship to Sweden, by neglecting to state that it is mainly plutonium.
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Annex 8th Nov 2010 more >>
RADIOACTIVE waste and its potentially harmful effect on people’s health are the biggest concerns residents have over the building of a new nuclear power station on Anglesey. Horizon Nuclear Power want to build a two or three-reactor plant on land around Wylfa, which has been selected by the Government as a site for a new generation of nuclear stations. Campaign group PAWB (People Against Wylfa-B) commissioned a survey to assess people’s views on Anglesey and in Gwynedd about the plans. The group says the survey shows the public remain sceptical about generating nuclear power on Anglesey, with 66% worried about the storing of nuclear waste. Nearly 75% said they would prefer jobs created in alternative/renewable energy. Dr Carl Iwan Clowes, a consultant in public health and member of PAWB, said: “This survey shows that public opinion remains sceptical when it comes to bringing another nuclear power station to Anglesey
Daily Post 15th Nov 2010 more >>
The company behind a bid to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey is to carry out tests to assess the rock on the sea bed near the site. Depending on the weather, Horizon Nuclear Power begin drilling this week. A spokesman said the work was important as part of the studies the firm is carrying out near the site.
BBC 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Several letters: Rupert Soames comments on energy supply seem to have struck a nerve (“Power chief warns of risk in relying on ‘green energy god’ ”, The Herald, November 13). I am intrigued at the commentaries in your columns by those who were not there but presume to know what he actually said.
Herald 16th Nov 2010 more >>
Several Letters: Ministers have apparently dismissed Rupert Soames’s devastating critique of SNP energy policy (your report, 13 November). Unfortunately, no minister has either the qualifications or generating company experience to do so. In your editorial on the same day you rightly coupled “minister” with “adviser”. But who are these nameless individuals, what qualifications do they have in physics, electrical engineering and necessary years of generating company experience to decide on energy policy? Advisers can be asked to present a balanced assessment or instead to provide selected evidence to support a predetermined ideological programme. Ministers can appoint “advisers” who agree ideologically with them.
Catherine Stihler (Labour) MEP: Electricity from renewable sources is key to Europe’s energy future. The powerful argument for promoting renewable energy rests not just on security of supply but also on jobs and growth. Through innovation and competitiveness Scotland can rise to the challenge to lead in the European Union with the next generation of renewable technology and truly be a low-carbon economy. Climate change remains one of the greatest challenges we face as a society. If Scotland can lead on renewable energy it sets an example for other countries to witness the possible. The lights will stay on only if we pursue our goals of a low-carbon economy with renewable energy as its cornerstone.
Scotsman 16th Nov 2010 more >>
Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at Oxford University, was the speaker at the Esmée Fairburn Lecture on 9 November. In his lecture, Dieter called for the introduction of a carbon tax and an immediate switch from coal to gas. In his lecture, Dieter argued that we are now awash with gas from shale – so prices wouldn’t rise, AND CO2 would fall, if we switched from coal to gas in the short to medium term. A carbon tax would promote research into cheaper alternatives than offshore wind. And a tariff on imports from countries that don’t have a carbon tax would encourage them to adopt one.
Lancaster University ManagementSchool 12th Nov 2010 more >>
Roche, the British-born author of sexually explicit 2008 best-seller ‘Wetlands’, is an anti-nuclear activist. The 32-year-old participated in major demonstrations against the transport of radioactive waste last week. She laid her proposal on the table while chatting to weekly publication Der Spiegel about the decision currently facing German president Christian Wulff. He must choose whether or not a law prolonging the lifetime of Germany’s 17 nuclear reactors by up to 14 years should be enacted without the consent of the Bundesrat – Germany’s upper chamber of parliament that represents the regions.
Metro 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Russia is set to become the world’s biggest nuclear dump as a lucrative agreement with the US edges closer. The deal – withdrawn by President George W Bush but resubmitted by President Barack Obama – gives the green light for storage of all nuclear waste from American power stations – 80% of the world’s total amount.
Sky News 16th Nov 2010 more >>
Russia and Bulgaria disagree over the cost of a planned 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant at Belene on the Danube River, Bulgarian Energy and Economy Minister Traicho Traikov said Monday. Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear power company that won a contract to build the two-reactor plant for 4 billion euros ($5.45 billion) in 2005, has increased the price to 6.3 billion euros because of the delayed construction, he said. “The proposed price is unacceptably high for us,” Traikov said in Sofia. “The power plant should not cost more than 5 billion euros in our estimates.”
Moscow Times 16th Nov 2010 more >>
The technical design and specifications of the Belene nuclear power plant in Bulgaria will be agreed by the end of this year, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has said. Russian state-owned nuclear firm Atomstroyexport won the contract to build the new 2,000MW plant in 2006 but progress stalled when German utility RWE pulled out in October last year, leaving Bulgarian state-owned utility NEK as the sole shareholder. Russia have given a final cost projection for building the plant, and the Bulgarians will analyse the offer and respond, Putin said on 13 November, when he met Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov in Sofia.
Argus media 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Electricite de France SA, the biggest operator of nuclear reactors, put on hold a plan to develop atomic plants in the U.S. while domestic plant availability improved at the lower-end of a targeted pace. EDF is reviewing its business in the U.S. and supply contracts for developing a reactor, Thomas Piquemal, chief financial officer, said today on a conference call. “When we have a better visibility on the regulatory environment and price evolution, we will be in a better position to see whether we go ahead with U.S. projects.” An update on U.K. operations will be given Dec. 17
Bloomberg 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Even with all the developments taking place in the areas of alternative energy such as solar and wind power, nuclear fusion still remains the holy grail of clean electricity generation. However, after decades of worldwide research costing billions of dollars, the goal of achieving “net-gain,” where more energy is produced than is required to trigger the fusion chain reaction, still remains elusive. Now researchers at Sandia Labs are claiming a breakthrough that could see break-even fusion reactions in as little as two to three years.
Gizmag 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Nobel Peace Prize laureates argued today for a world without nuclear weapons at a ceremony in the Japanese city where the first wartime atomic bomb exploded 65 years ago.
Morning Star 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Unlike most of Japan, Hiroshima doesn’t shy from its wartime past. This bustling port city, the target of the world’s first atomic bomb attack in 1945, made itself the main exhibit this weekend at an annual gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates – dedicated this year to abolishing nuclear weapons. Hiroshima often links events it hosts to its tragic history, such as a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum earlier this year. It is bidding for the 2020 Olympics with Nagasaki – the other Japanese city hit by an atomic bomb – under a “Festival of Peace” theme. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba has increasingly circumvented Japan’s national government as a global movement against nuclear arms gains momentum. He leads “Mayors for Peace,” with 4,300 member cities worldwide, and declared his city part of the “Obamajority” after the U.S. president’s Prague speech last year in favor of denuclearization.
Washington Post 15th Nov 2010 more >>
Barack Obama has signalled he will make talks on the nuclear arms reduction treaty his first priority in the final week of the lame duck Congress. The START arms pact with Russia was signed by the US President and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in April, but still has not been ratified by the Senate.
Daily Mail 16th Nov 2010 more >>
Press & Journal 15th Nov 2010 more >>
A JUDGE has ordered the release of top secret documents that could bring justice to Britain’s nuclear bomb veterans.
Burton Mail 16th Nov 2010 more >>
A judicial review into plans to build a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire begins at the Court of Session in Edinburgh later. Ayrshire Power wants to build a plant with experimental carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the site. The developers said the facility could provide low carbon energy for three million homes for decades. But campaign groups say thousands oppose the scheme, which they claim will harm wildlife and the environment. The judicial review is challenging the Scottish government’s decision to include the planned facility as a National Development in the National Planning Framework.
BBC 16th Nov 2010 more >>