Two of the UKs biggest unions, Prospect and Unite, have urged lawmakers to support a dual design approach to nuclear new build, meaning they want Horizon Nuclear Power to choose the Westinghouse AP1000 over the Areva EPR. Horizon Nuclear Power, a joint venture of German utilities E.On and RWE, are expected imminently to announce their selection of reactor technology to build in the UK, with the first reactors to be constructed at Wylfa on Anglesey, Wales. EDF is planning to build four Areva EPRs at Hinkley Point and Sizewell and the unions what to see the AP1000 also developed. The two reactor designs are the only ones to have undergone a UK design review.
i-Nuclear 24th Mar 2012 more >>
The energy industry must recoup the trust of consumers if plans for a second generation of nuclear power stations are to be successful, the chief executive of one of the UK’s largest suppliers said. Speaking at the University of Exeter, Vincent de Rivaz, the head of EDF, said confidence in governments and business was “at an all-time low” because of the economic crisis. His firm is behind plans for the Hinkley Point C reactor in Somerset.
Western Daily Press 23rd Mar 2012 more >>
South Korea will host some 50 world leaders at a two-day nuclear security summit starting on Monday to discuss ways to safeguard nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups.
ITV 25th Mar 2012 more >>
South Korea hosts some 50 world leaders at a two-day nuclear security summit starting on Monday to discuss ways to safeguard nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups.
Alert.net 25th Mar 2012 more >>
President Obama has told US troops they stand on “freedom’s frontier” during a visit to South Korea’s heavily fortified border with North Korea on the eve of an international summit that will address mounting concerns over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.
Observer 25th Mar 2012 more >>
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Fresh fears about the dangers of the radioactivity contaminating a Scottish coastal resort have been revealed in hundreds of internal government emails obtained by the Sunday Herald. Contaminated shellfish from Dalgety Bay in Fife have been officially deemed unfit to eat, while a UK government health watchdog has been accused by one of its leading advisers of downplaying the public health risks from the pollution. The revelations will be raised by the former prime minister and local MP, Gordon Brown, at a meeting with the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, in London tomorrow. They emerge as discussions on how to clean up the contamination, blamed on old military planes, come to a head in talks this week. The Sunday Herald understands that a plan to investigate the contamination until May 2013 is likely to go ahead. But it is still unclear how or when the area will subsequently be cleaned up, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is refusing to accept liability. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) will therefore not lift its threat to formally designate Dalgety Bay as Britain’s first radioactively contaminated land if the site is not cleaned up. But it is unlikely to implement the threat in the near future.
Herald 25th Mar 2012 more >>
A reactor at the worlds oldest functioning nuclear plant, in Beznau, Switzerland, has been temporarily shut down because of a problem with its main pump, its operator Axpo said late Friday. The halt at the Block 2 reactor is expected to last several days. The main pump is responsible for circulating coolants in the systems primary circuit and must be shut down completely for the repair work, Axpo said.
Inquirer News 24th Mar 2012 more >>
BRITAINS suburbs are about to get an environmental makeover. Eight million homes from the Victorian, Edwardian and other periods could be clad with up to 8in of insulation under a government scheme to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The thick layer will save householders hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills, but will transform the appearance of homes. The insulation is topped with render that can be painted, sometimes in the style of the original brickwork or in a colour of the householders choice. The plan is being promoted by Greg Barker, the climate change minister, under the governments green deal where householders get low- interest loans for energy efficiency measures. The loans are repaid with the money saved. The plan has provoked anger among heritage experts who say it will destroy the unique character and appearance of the countrys older towns and suburbs. Research shows that period homes are worst at retaining warmth and have the highest energy costs, largely because of their uninsulated brick walls. Buildings as a whole contribute 43% of Britains greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunday Times 25th Mar 2012 more >>