National Policy Statements
Reports into the Parliamentary scrutiny of the energy National Policy Statements. Two previous blog entries have reported on the first few sessions of the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s examination of the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs). Today I summarise the salient points I took from the 27 January and 3 February sessions.
Bircham Dyson and Bell 25th Feb 2010 more >>
Radiation Free Lakeland have made a Freedom of Information request about wildlife around Sellafield following reports about radioactive seagulls.
Get noticed online 26th Feb 2010 more >>
Seagull eggs are being destroyed A specialist company is pricking the eggs in a bid to keep the numbers down. A Sellafield spokesman said that the action is running successfully. He said this meant other methods of keeping numbers down – such as culling with poisoned bait – are not being looked at for the immediate future.
Carlisle News and Star 26th Feb 2010 more >>
HIGHLY radioactive spent fuel from the Sizewell B nuclear power station could be stored in containers in a massive new building on the site. British Energy, part of EDF energy, has outlined plans to build a dry storage building to manage the power station’s spent fuel from 2015. The company has submitted an application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for permission to build the facility near Sizewell B on the north Suffolk coast.
East Anglian Daily Times 27th Feb 2010 more >>
Evening Star 27th Feb 2010 more >>
East Anglian Daily Press 26th Feb 2010 more >>
Babcock International, which is seeking a merger with VT Group, runs the Faslane submarine base for the Royal Navy.
Guardian 27th Feb 2010 more >>
German utility RWE has indicated its interest in building a nuclear power plant in the Netherlands should a new government revoke the ban on such
projects, RWE CEO Juergen Grossmann said at the company’s annual earnings press conference Thursday in Essen.
Platts 25th Feb 2010 more >>
The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is casting a shadow over the Americas as Hillary Clinton heads south to push -Brazil to take a tougher approach towards Iran. The US secretary of state will embark on a week-long tour of South and Central America tomorrow. Brazil, which is deepening its ties with Tehran and resisting Washington’s drive for United Nations sanctions, is to be the main focus of attention.
FT 27th Feb 2010 more >>
A total of 59 nuclear reactors in the United States have obtained 20-year license extensions from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission since 2000, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade association. No applications have been rejected. Currently, 19 renewal applications are under NRC review and 20 other reactors have indicated they will apply for extensions before 2017.
Interactive Investor 26th Feb 2010 more >>
There has been no deep, thoughtful re-making or re-evaluation of atomic technology. No solution to the nuke waste problem. No making reactors economically sound. No private insurance against radioactive disasters by terror or error. No grassroots citizens now desperate to live near fragile containment domes and outtake pipes spewing radioactive tritium at 27 US reactors. No, nothing about atomic energy has really changed. Except this: $645 MILLION for lobbying Congress and the White House over the past ten years.
Counterpunch 25th Feb 2010 more >>
As Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin announced the allocation of 53 billion roubles ($1.77 billion) of federal money towards the construction of new nuclear power in 2010, the country could also be poised to buy into a Bulgarian nuclear power plant.
World Nuclear News 26th Feb 2010 more >>
The US Department of Energy has conditionally granted $1.37bn (£1bn) in loan guarantees for construction and start up of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a 440MW solar power facility in southeastern California being built by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel.
New Civil Engineer 24th Feb 2010 more >>