24 April 2011

New Nukes

Sizewell A and Bradwell operators Magnox Ltd has come to an agreement with Sizewell B and C site owner EDF Energy which will mean some staff can transfer as their roles become redundant at the Magnox sites, most of which are currently in various stages of decommissioning. While Magnox is owned by an American firm, Energy Solutions, it works on behalf of the taxpayer via the owner of its 10 sites, which is the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

East Anglian Daily Times 23rd April 2011 more >>

Letter: Our planet is on the brink of extinction and all I read in these columns is how windfarms spoil the view. There is no view without the Earth. Windfarms are a necessary part of the renewable energy mix to offset climate change. They are not intended on their own to replace conventional power stations, so direct comparisons are invalid. We know windfarms do not operate at 100% efficiency but no power stations do. Some windfarms operate at nearly 60% in Scotland. Hunterston B runs at less than 70% due to the risks of cracks in the boiler tubes and Hunterston A operated at 42% in the years up to its closure. By the end of 2009 renewables comprised 25% of global power capacity and for the last two years more renewable power was a! dded in the US and Europe than fossil fuels or nuclear. The intermittent nature of wind farms is no longer an issue, as multi-MW storage systems are now available in a range of technologies. By the end of 2009 wind power accounted for 20% of Denmark’s electricity supply. The nuclear option is dead since Uranium-235 is a non-renewable energy source. The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate reported that between 2001 and 2008 there were 1767 safety incidents in Britain, half of which were judged “to have had the potential to challenge a nuclear safety system”.

Herald 23rd April 2011 more >>

Oldbury

A NUMBER of back-up systems are in place at Oldbury nuclear power station to deal with any emergency at the plant, its site director has assured the public. Dr Phil Sprague outlined how staff at the atomic site would respond to a major problem, answering questions posed in the light of the Fukushima crisis in Japan.

Bristol Evening Post 23rd April 2011 more >>

Heysham Justification Appeal

The Justification regulatory process is the key piece of UK law by which health detriments of nuclear power stations are evaluated, therefore making it a central part of keeping communities as safe as possible. According to the Euratom Directive and UK Regulations, the Secretary of State must ensure that the risk to human health from nuclear power stations is minimal and substantially outweighed by their economic, social and other benefits before giving the go ahead to build new nuclear power stations.

Heysham Anti Nuclear Alliance April 2011 more >>

Chernobyl

This corner of Ukraine was ‘a wonderful place to live’ until April 26th, 1986, when a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl exploded. Twenty-five years later, the devastating effects are still felt.

Irish Times 23rd April 2011 more >>

Evacuated with other British students from Belarus in 1986, Catriona Munro was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. She feels more fortunate than those left behind.

Independent 24th April 2011 more >>

A full quarter of a century after the Chernobyl disaster, and the sarcophagus over the wrecked reactor is cracked and deteriorating, hundreds of tons of highly radioactive material remain to be dealt with, attempts to raise many millions of pounds to make the site safe are falling short, the health of Ukrainian children unborn in 1986 is still being damaged, and it will be 20,000 years before vegetables grown in the area will be safe to eat. This is the appalling and continuing legacy of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Its 25th anniversary will be on Tuesday, and a meeting in Kiev last week to resolve issues broke up without full agreement and unable to issue a report. Some $1.1bn is needed to build a planned new cover for the reactor, which will allow the radioactive rods to be dealt with. But the pledges from a range of countries are still falling short by $298m.

Independent 24th April 2011 more >>

Japan

Workers at a nuclear power plant damaged by last month’s earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast continued battling to deal with radioactive water Saturday as their exposure to radiation is constantly increasing. One more worker is found to have been exposed to radiation of more than 100 millisieverts, bringing to 30 the total number of people of that dosage level while dealing with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant since the March 11 disasters, sources familiar with the situation said. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said Saturday that a piece of concrete rubble with a high radiation emission of 900 millisieverts per hour was found near the plant’s No. 3 reactor and a worker removed! it using heavy equipment.

Japan Today 24th April 2011 more >>

Of 46 local governments hosting or located close to current and future nuclear power plants in Japan, 41% said they will await further public and government discussions before deciding on their stance toward the future of atomic power plants in their respective neighborhoods, a Kyodo News poll showed Saturday. The number was slightly above the 37% of respondents who said they will allow the nuclear plants to continue to operate ‘‘with conditions,’’ showing that many are unsure about what position to take amid an ongoing nuclear crisis at the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and uncertainty about the central government’s energy policy. Only Minamisoma and Namie in Fukushima Prefecture, w! here a nuclear power plant is planned to be built straddling the two municipalities and whose residents must evacuate due to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, said plants should ‘‘be decommissioned immediately without any conditions.’‘

Japan Today 24th April 2011 more >>

The government is arranging to help Tokyo Electric Power Co. pay for damages incurred from the nuclear accident at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant if it comes to a point where the company’s survival is at risk due to ballooning compensation costs, government sources said Saturday.

Kyodo News 23rd April 2011 more >>

The temperature inside a pool for spent nuclear fuel at the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant remains high at around 91 degrees Celsius, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.

Daily Mainichi 23rd April 2011 more >>

Submarines

THE Ministry of Defence has been slammed for blundering over nuke sub secrets for the second week running. Officials were last night accused of dithering after anti-nuclear campaigners published classified information that could leave our fleet open to deadly sabotage. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament revealed secret details about weaknesses in the design of Brit subs’ reactors.

Daily Star 24th April 2011 more >>

THE Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been accused of misleading MPs about the risks of the reactors that power Britain’s nuclear submarines suffering Fukushima-style accidents. In a parliamentary answer earlier this month, the defence minister, Peter Luff, failed to respond directly to a question from the SNP’s defence spokesman, Angus Robertson, about the emergency cooling systems used on the submarines. Instead Luff is accused of making a reassuring statement disguising the fact that the reactors have cooling systems that, according to a senior MoD safety expert, renders them vulnerable to a major loss-of-coolant accident. It was the disabling of the back-up cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan by a ts! unami that caused radioactive fuel to leak.

Sunday Herald 24th April 2011 more >>

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Published: 24 April 2011
Last updated: 17 October 2012