One wonders what the pitch was: building the planet’s largest nuclear power plant on one of its most seismically unstable plots of real estate. Yet, somehow here the plant squats on the outskirts of this town of 93,000 people, a seven-reactor, 8,200 megawatt monster, ringed by roads that are cracked and buckled from this week’s deadly earthquake. Inside, in the seconds after the quake – which measured 6.8 on the Richter scale – struck under the sea just 12 miles away, pipes burst, drums of radioactive waste toppled and monitors stopped working. A fire broke out and burnt for two hours, and 1,200 litres of contaminated water sloshed into the sea.
Independent 21st July 2007 more >>
The world may never know how close it came to its first genpatsu-shinsai this week. Luck, as much an anything else, helped to avert it.
Times 21st July 2007 more >>
A resurgence of nuclear power in the United States likely won’t be stalled by this week’s earthquake in Japan that shut the world’s largest nuclear plant, industry watchers said.
Reuters 20th July 2007 more >>
Constellation Energy Group Inc. will form a joint venture with French power group EDF to develop nuclear power plants in the United States and Canada, Constellation said on Friday.
Reuters 21st July 2007 more >>
Six companies have been shortlisted in the tender process for a strategic investor in the construction and operation of a second nuclear plant in Bulgaria, the National Electricity Company said Friday. The state-owned electricity company (NEK) is looking for investors to take up to a 49 percent stake in the Belene Power Company, which will be set up to own and operate the nuclear power plant. NEK will hold a stake of at least 51 percent. The shortlisted companies are Electricite de France SA, Electrabel SA from Belgium, Enel SpA from Italy, E.ON AG and RWE AG from Germany and CEZ a.s. from the Czech Republic.
International Herald Tribune 20th July 2007 more >>
World Nuclear News 20th July 2007 more >>
Vattenfall is not planning to sell its stakes in the two German nuclear power plants Kruemmel and Brunsbuettel to E.ON, chief executive Lars Josefsson said in an interview with weekly Wirtschaftswoche. Vattenfall and E.ON each hold 50 pct in Kruemmel. Both companies also have stakes in Brunsbuettel, with Vattenfall being the majority stakeholder, the weekly said.
Forbes 20th July 2007 more >>
Nuclear negotiators failed to persuade North Korea yesterday to commit itself to a dead-line for disabling its nuclear weapons program-mes. The failure followed three days of multilateral talks that underlined the difficulties of persuading Pyong—yang to make good on its pledge to disarm.
FT 21st July 2007 more >>
Editorial: In diplomacy, as in other walks of life, perseverance pays off. North Korea’s decision a week ago to shut down a reactor that produced plutonium for nuclear bombs followed the outlines of a deal that has been clear for many years. Indeed, the same Yongbyon reactor was closed in the mid-1990s as a result of a Clinton-era agreement that traded western aid for a North Korean nuclear halt. The main difference between then and now is that Kim Jong-il’s regime has since got the bomb – partly due to the Bush administration’s repudiation of the Clinton deal.
FT 21st July 2007 more >>
Radiation and Health
YOUR article “Nuclear sites linked to child leukaemia”(July 19) is misleading in its suggestion that children living near nuclear power stations are more likely to develop cancer. There is no evidence of increased incidence of leukaemia or any other cancers around British Energy sites. This has been shown by research carried out over a number of years by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) an independent group whose research findings are supported by the UK government.
Herald 21st July 2007 more >>
If you’re confused about whether we need nuclear power to stop climate change, take nine minutes of your time to watch Greenpeace’s new film. It doesn’t just explain why nuclear power can’t stop climate change – it also points the way to a better, cheaper, more convenient solution.
Greenpeace 20th July 2007 more >>
If all die hard Greenpeace campaigners and other “environmentalists” would be so kind as to turn off all their lights and generally stop using electricity altogether, we can stop supporting nuclear power as there will no longer be the need.
Uranium stocks.net 20th July 2007 more >>
Tory leader, David Cameron has refused to say nuclear power would be a last resort.
Carlisle News and Star 20th July 2007 more >>
Hinkley & Hunterston
BRITISH Energy has warned it is unlikely to regain 100 per cent power at its troubled nuclear plants at Hunterston and Hinkley.
Edinburgh Evening News 20th July 2007 more >>