EDF and Somerset County Council have shot down anti-nuclear campaigners claims that the energy giant has broken a time limit condition requiring it to remove a spoil heap from the Hinkley Point site by the end of last month. Campaign group Stop Hinkley accused EDF of failing to remove spoil contaminated with asbestos left over from the construction of the original Hinkley site by August 31 a condition of the planning consent granted to EDF by the county council last January.
This is the West Country 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Letter Marianne Birkby: Cumbria is preparing a “brand protection strategy” to protect it from a high-level nuclear waste dump. The best brand protection ptrategy is to say no to the geological disposal of high-level nuclear wastes in mines as big as Lake Windermere and as deep as the Eiffel Tower is tall. Both Cumbria Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce which are drawing up the plan have interests in nuclear developments. The chairman of Cumbria Tourism is Eric Robson, owner of the PR company Osprey Communications. Radiation Free Lakeland has called for the resignation of Robson from Cumbria Tourism or for his PR company to pull out of the lucrative government contract promoting “steps towards geological disposal.” The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is now wholly funded, not as it should be by central government, but by the nuclear and arms industry – Sellafield Ltd and BAE.
Morning Star 23rd Sept 2011 more >>
One of the companies behind plans to build Cumbrias new nuclear power station has pulled out but the other partners insist the project can still go ahead. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) one third of the NuGen consortium that wants to construct a reactor on land north of Sellafield has abandoned its involvement in the scheme. The company has decided to concentrate on renewable-energy projects such as windfarms instead.
Cumberland News 24th Sept 2011 more >>
SCOTTISH and Southern Energy (SSE) has not ruled out a return to nuclear power despite confirming plans to focus on other energy sources.
Press & Journal 24th Sept 2011 more >>
BUSINESS minister Edwina Hart is hopeful of securing specialist jobs around the former Trawsfynydd power station because of its nuclear approval and its remote location. She told AMs that the site could be an attraction for some companies because of its background. Talks are continuing over designating the area a special Enterprise Zone, which would offer incentives to companies to re-locate to the brownfield site in the National Park.
Daily Post 24th Sept 2011 more >>
OFGEM is considering whether to strip National Grid of its control over a central gas data unit, after a study raised concerns it is non-transparent and not fit for purpose.
Telegraph 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moons remarks to the opening session of the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security, in New York, 22 September: The effects of nuclear accidents respect no borders.
IEWY News 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Following are Secretary-General Ban Ki-moons remarks to the seventh Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (Article XIV), in New York on 23 September.
IEWY 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Japan has detected high levels of radiation in rice growing near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, a government official said Saturday. A preparatory test ahead of the official examination of the safety of rice in Nihonmatsu, a city about 30 miles west of the stricken power plant, found that a sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, the maximum permissible level, the Fukushima Prefecture official said.
Wall St Journal 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Scotland on Sunday 25th Sept 2011 more >>
Iran’s star-crossed nuclear and energy programs have suffered a rash of setbacks, mishaps and catastrophes in the past two years. Assassins killed three scientists with links to Iran’s nuclear programs. The Stuxnet computer worm that infected computers worldwide zeroed in on a single target in Iran, devices that can make weapons-usable uranium. Dozens of unexplained explosions hit the country’s gas pipelines. Iran’s first nuclear power plant suffered major equipment failures as technicians struggle to bring it online.
CBS News 24th Sept 2011 more >>
Micro CHP systems are designed to capture the energy that is naturally lost when electricity is produced and use it to heat the home. Also called cogeneration systems, micro CHP systems are an alternative home energy system that is quickly growing in popularity. One of the major advantages of micro CHP as a renewable home energy source is that they are very easy to install micro chp systems do not require huge changes to your current heating or electrical systems. Micro CHP often comes with a long warranty which you will likely never need. This blog will cover a lot more about micro CHP as a green home energy source in the coming months, but in the meantime see our links for more information.
Green Home Energy Today 24th Sept 2011 more >>
The government is to warn householders that global warming has become unstoppable and call on them to protect their properties against the heat, floods and water shortages that scientists predict will accompany temperature rises of up to 4C by mid-to-late century.
Sunday Times 25th Sept 2011 more >>