The UK’s safety regulators, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have just released the third stage of their assessment for the designs of AREVA’s EPR and Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactors. It’s grim reading. There are a significant number of issues with the safety features of both designs. The regulators still don’t have a complete design yet from either Areva or Westinghouse. The HSE will not approve the designs unless this is addressed.
Greenpeace Nuclear Reaction 28th Nov 2009 more >>
Hundreds of people packed a public meeting to grill National Grid bosses about plans to erect a new 400,000 volt power line through the North Somerset countryside. Around 700 people attended last night’s meeting at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre in Nailsea, organised by the Save Our Valley campaign group, with dozens having to be turned away at the door.
Western Daily Press 28th Nov 2009 more >>
BBC 27th Nov 2009 more >>
Claims the nuclear reactor of the new Hinkley Point C power plant will be of an unsafe design have been dismissed. Nuclear inspectors raised safety queries in their initial assessment of the European Pressured Water Reactor (EPR) planned for the site. The Stop Hinkley campaign says this is proof the facility should not be built but the Health and Safety Executive says it has no major concerns. It comes as EDF, which will build the plant, begins public consultations.
BBC 28th Nov 2009 more >>
Proposals for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station have been put on show in Somerset. A series of public consultations begin on Saturday at the village hall, in Cannington, near Bridgwater.
BBC 28th Nov 2009 more >>
LAND earmarked for a new power station at Bradwell has been put up for sale by EDF Energy. The energy company, which only purchased the site in May, confirmed today that it is looking to sell because it wants to concentrate its resources on new power stations at Sizewell and Hinkley Point.
Maldon Standard 28th Nov 2009 more >>
Letter: Government procrastination over the feed-in tariff levels is not only an environmental concern, but the UK economy will be denied a massive opportunity if the Department of Energy and Climate Change doesn’t get this scheme right. Solar energy is one of the most viable small-scale energy generation methods. However, political backing is essential for small-scale renewables to become commonplace in the UK. The government must set robust feed-in tariff fee levels to create a market to prove that solar power can have a sustainable future in the UK. The solar energy sector has the potential be worth 27bn, create thousands of jobs, slash carbon emissions and help to address fuel poverty. The government needs to turn this vision into a reality.
Guardian 28th Nov 2009 more >>
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been accused of “deceit” after it was forced to confess to one of the most closely guarded secrets of making Britain’s nuclear bombs. For years UK ministers have repeatedly refused to say where neutron generators – a vital component of the Trident warheads stationed on the Clyde – were manufactured. The information had to be kept secret for national security reasons, they said. But now, confronted with undeniable evidence by the Sunday Herald, the MoD has admitted that the devices are imported from the United States. And in so doing, it has opened the Westminster government to a barrage of criticism from experts, politicians and campaigners. “This is another deceit of the British public by Westminster,” declared Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London. Neutron generators are vital because they initiate nuclear explosions by bombarding plutonium or uranium with neutrons at a precise time, and they have to be regularly replaced. The neutrons are generated by fusing together two radioactive isotopes of hydrogen, tritium and deuterium.
Sunday Herald, 29 November 2009 more >>
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EDINBURGH North & Leith Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz has backed calls for new moves on nuclear disarmament. He has joined other MPs in signing a motion calling for the establishment of a Nuclear Weapons Convention to bring about a total ban. Mr Lazarowicz said: “The threat of nuclear warfare has not gone away.”
Edinburgh Evening News 28th Nov 2009 more >>
Indian officials are investigating the leak of a radioactive substance into drinking water at an atomic power plant in the south of the country. Fifty-five workers at the Kaiga plant needed medical treatment for excessive exposure to radiation after tritium contaminated a water cooler. Officials said the leak might have been deliberate.
BBC 29th Nov 2009 more >>
Canada and India agreed on Saturday to cooperate on nuclear issues, with a pact that ends a freeze in cooperation dating from 1974 and could offer new opportunities for Canadian uranium firms.
Reuters 28th Nov 2009 more >>
The embattled president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has handed control of the country’s nuclear arsenal to his prime minister in an attempt to boost his popularity. Anxious to placate critics who claim his office has too much power, Zardari agreed to shed presidential prerogatives.
Sunday Times 29th Nov 2009 more >>
Crude is still being discovered; existing fields are not being exploited to the full. So it’s hard to predict the exact point at which the world’s dwindling reserves will precipitate a crisis. But it’s coming,
Observer 29th Nov 2009 more >>