THE lead body for tourism in Cumbria will object to a vast underground nuclear repository for the county if it encroaches inside Lake District National Park territory, it has said. Cumbria Tourism has explained its position of ‘neutrality’ in a letter to leading politician Baroness Verma of Leicester; whose portfolio at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, includes the issue. The board’s statement, written by chairman, Eric Robson, comes ahead of a key vote next week involving Cumbria County Council, Allerdale and Copeland councils on January 30.
Westmorland Gazette 21st Jan 2013
The protesters descended upon Bowness with placards and petitions on Saturday to raise awareness ahead of a decision due to be made by three Cumbrian councils over whether or not to remain in the running to be the site for a repository for high-level nuclear waste. Cumbria County Council, along with Allerdale and Copeland borough councils, are considering whether the area still wants to be considered as a potential below-ground repository. A vote is due to take place on January 30. The campaigners are concerned that geological activity over recent years, including a number of small earthquakes, means there would be potential for a leak at the repository.
NW Evening Mail 21st Jan 2013
Anti-nuclear groups are stepping up the pressure ahead of crunch meetings next week on plans for a radioactive waste repository in Cumbria. Radiation Free Lakeland says 100 people attended a demonstration at Bowness-on-Windermere on Saturday. A similar number went to a fundraising concert in Silloth that evening organised by Spand – Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump. The ruling executives of Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria County councils meet on January 30 to decide whether to move to the next stage of a process that could lead to work starting on an underground waste repository, somewhere in Copeland or Allerdale, by 2025. Anti-nuclear groups want the politicians to call a halt now.
Carlisle News & Star 21st Jan 2013
Development of a deep underground radioactive waste repository. Cumbria’s decision should be for further postponement or to say ‘no’
NFLA Press Release 21st Jan 2013
Building new nuclear power stations depends on there being facilities available for storing, processing, and disposing of nuclear waste. It’s equally dishonest for proponents of Wylfa B to make – as many seem to – the implicit assumption that those facilities will be available “somewhere else”.Supporters of Wylfa B would sound much more honest to me if they were also lobbying to have nuclear waste stored and dumped in Ynys Môn.I won’t hold my breath on that.
Bothlas 21st Jan 2013
THE building of a new power station at Dungeness is “vital” to the local economy, according to the creators of a new online campaign. An e-petition calling for the site to be put back on the list of potential new plants had attracted almost 250 names within its first week.
Folkestone Herald 22nd Jan 2013
The programme of returning solid highly active waste (HAW) from the UK to Japan has continued with the departure of the purpose-built vessel, the Pacific Grebe, on 9 January carrying the transport of the third consignment of HAW from Sellafield to Japan. One flask, containing 28 canisters of HAW, departed Sellafield site by rail on Tuesday, 8 January 2013 bound for the port of Barrow-in-Furness before being transported by sea from Barrow to Japan. It is estimated that it will arrive in Japan in the second half of February. The transport from Sellafield is part of a programme that will see the delivery of UK government policy to repatriate overseas waste; the fulfilment of contractual obligations; and the reduction of hazards at Sellafield site. The waste shipment will arrive in Japan in February.
Sellafield Ltd 9th Jan 2013
A new police squad has been set up to deal with crime in and around Cumbria’s Sellafield nuclear site. The unit, run by Cumbria Police, will deal with prevention of crime and general offences such as theft, burglary or anti-social behaviour. Eight officers will make up the Sellafield Policing Unit and will be based on the site and at Whitehaven police station. Cumbria Police said the team would eventually grow to 17 officers. The Sellafield site currently employs about 10,000 people. The Government, through the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, has provided the cash for the project. Sellafield also has its own police force – the Civil Nuclear Constabulary – consisting of armed officers who patrol the site and cover counter-terrorism issues.
BBC 21st Jan 2013
EDF Energy has reported that its eight UK nuclear power stations produced their highest output for seven years in 2012. The 60 Terawatt hours of low carbon electricity produced was almost 50% higher than the last year before the stations were acquired by EDF Group in 2009. EDF said in a statement that performance has improved due to capital investment in power station, investment in training as well as the application of EDF Group’s global expertise in operating nuclear power stations.
Nuclear Engineering International 17th Jan 2013
France’s Areva and Japan’s Toshiba Corp are considering bids for nuclear fuel producer Urenco, but British, German and Dutch authorities disagree over what to do with the ultra-secret firm, industry sources said.
Reuters 21st Jan 2013
Financial News 21st Jan 2013
France’s Trade Minister Nicole Bricq said on Monday a decision by her country’s new government to review the country’s nuclear cooperation with China was a regular process and was “normal”. At the end of December, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said France was investigating a nuclear partnership deal between EDF and Chinese nuclear utility China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation Holding (CGNPC).
Reuters 21st Jan 2013
Npower has been rated the worst power supplier in Britain for the second year in a row. In Which?’s annual energy satisfaction survey, the German-owned giant was given an overall score of 39 out of 100. Npower, which has three million customers but has been continually criticised for poor customer service in surveys over recent years, scored two out of five stars in every category.
Independent 22nd Jan 2012
Npower and EDF Energy came in the bottom two places for the second year running in a table based on consumer rankings for factors including value for money, customer service and complaints handling. Only two of the “big six” firms that supply 98 per cent of the market in England, Wales and Scotland, E.ON and SSE, made it into the top ten, sharing ninth position. Top of the 15 companies in the survey of more than 10,000 customers carried out by Which? was Good Energy, a tiny green supplier whose prices are about a fifth more expensive than the cheapest deal on the market.
Telegraph 22nd Jan 2012
Fish caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant was 2,500 times over the legal safe radiation limit.
Independent 21st Jan 2013
Tough new rules for Japanese nuclear power plants have been revealed in draft form. Among them are that power companies should be able to contain a severe accident situation for an entire week without outside help.
World Nuclear News 21st Jan 2013
Japanese nuclear regulators unveiled strict new safety measures on Monday to protect atomic facilities against natural disasters and terrorist attacks, in what is shaping up to be the biggest overhaul of mandatory industry standards since the Fukushima accident in 2011. The draft rules, which are to be finalised in July, are likely to present electric utilities with fresh hurdles to clear before they can restart nuclear plants that have been idled since the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi power station nearly two years ago. Currently, all but two of Japan’s 50 surviving reactors are closed because of safety concerns.
FT 21st Jan 2013
Three years ago, in May 2010, a team of Greenpeace radiation specialists visited villages close to uranium mines in Niger operated by French nuclear giant AREVA, where they found contamination levels in the air, water and soil above internationally accepted limits. Before our trip, reacting to earlier discoveries, Areva had supposedly implemented measures to avoid these problems from happening (again). But among many other disturbing problems, we also found several pieces of radioactive scrap metal on the local market in Arlit, with the radiation dose rate reaching up to 50 times more than the normal background levels. Locals use these materials to build their homes. Fast forward three years and what do we find? contaminated scrap metal from the facilities had been discovered at a local junkyard. A nuclear watchdog association, CRIIRAD, and a group in Niger called Aghir In’Man said 1,600 tonnes of metal used in uranium extraction had been hauled out of the mine complexes at Arlit and were now in the public domain. About 1,000 tonnes was found at a scrap metal dealer’s and the radiation levels were “more than nine times greater than normal.”
Greenpeace 21st Jan 2013
Australia and India are planning to start civil nuclear cooperation talks in March, which will augment the agreements signed between two countries in 2012. External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid was quoted by the AFP as saying that the two nations will hold the first round of talks in New Delhi. “We shall be commencing negotiations on a Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement in March,” noted Khurshid.
Energy Business Review 22nd Jan 2013
Like them or hate them, Alberta, Canada’s tar sands deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, are the world’s largest. The province’s resources include the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake deposits in the McMurray Formation, which consist of a mixture of crude bitumen, a semi-solid form of crude oil, admixed with silica sand, clay minerals, and water. Toshiba is developing “mini” nuclear reactors to be used to mine Canadian oil sands, with an initial deployment projected by 2020. Why nuclear power? It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of the Alberta oil sands are too far below the surface to use open-pit mining. Making liquid fuels from oil sands requires energy for steam injection and refining. Mining oil sands is water intensive; drilling one well consumes 5.5 acre-feet of water each year, and the production of one gallon of oil requires thirty-five gallons of water.
Oil Price 21st Jan 2013
Ban-Ki-Moon: Nuclear deterrence is not a solution to international peace and stability. It is an obstacle.
UN 18th Jan 2013
A combination of wind and solar power and sophisticated energy storage systems could keep a power grid fully supplied between 90 and 99.9% of the time, at costs comparable with today’s fossil fuel and nuclear mix, according to a new study from Delaware in the United States. Computer simulation measured the performance of inland and offshore wind farms and photovoltaic cells, backed up by battery and fuel cell storage, under the lowest cost conditions, for a 72 gigawatt grid system.
Renew Economy 22nd Jan 2013
Scientists are attempting to mimic the way plants harness energy from the sun in order to make a more efficient renewable fuel. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are embarking on an £800,000 project to replicate photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into sugars to help them grow. The process will be used to create hydrogen, which can be used as a zero-emission fuel for cars, or converted into green electricity. It is hoped the method, which involves placing tiny solar panels on microbes to harness sunlight and drive the production of hydrogen, will be a more efficient way of converting the sun’s energy than currently exists.
Guardian 21st Jan 2013
Only a sustained and dramatic shift to infrastructure and industrial practices using low-carbon technology can save the world and its economy from devastating global warming, according to a Davos-commissioned alliance led by the former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, in the most dramatic call so far to fight climate change on business grounds.
Independent 22nd Jan 2013