30 May 2015

Sizewell

A study is to be carried out around the Sizewell nuclear power stations site to investigate whether people eating food produced in the area or spending time there are vulnerable to radioactivity. The last time a similar investigation was carried out was five years ago and those behind the project are keen to see if people’s diets and activities have changed and the subsequent impact. Fieldwork for the Habits Survey will be carried out between June 9 and June 19 with the results published next year. It will be carried out by scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Ipswich Star 29th May 2015 read more »

Heysham

A statement on incidents at nuclear installations in Britain and during the transport of radioactive material which meet Ministerial Reporting Criteria (MRC), is provided to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Scotland, and is published each quarter by the Office for Nuclear Regulation. For the period, 01 January 2015 to 31 March 2015, there was one incident which met the MRC. (Ministerial Reporting Code) ay Heysham 1.

ONR 29th May 2015 read more »

Dounreay

Some 11 tonnes of “breeder” material that had been in storage at the Dounreay site in Scotland has now been transported to the Sellafield site in northern England. A further 33 tonnes of breeder material remains within the Dounreay Fast Reactor and will be transported to Sellafield later.

World Nuclear News 29th May 2015 read more »

ONR

News Bulletin May 2015

ONR 29th May 2015 read more »

Sellafield

Cambridgeshire manufacturer Metalcraft has won a contract to provide nuclear waste storage containers for Sellafield, in a contract worth up to £47 million.

Supply Management 29th May 2015 read more »

Politics

UK prime minister David Cameron has recruited a climate hawk to head up his Downing Street policy unit. Camilla Cavendish, a columnist for the Sunday Times and previously the Times, has written about the urgency of climate action, need for green growth and carbon pricing. Her appointment to the influential post is another sign Cameron is distancing himself from the climate sceptics in his Conservative party. The prime minister, who before this month’s general election pledged to seek an ambitious global climate deal in Paris, appointed Amber Rudd to head the energy and climate change department.

RTCC 26th May 2015 read more »

Iran

The United States said it will not agree to extend a deadline set between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme. US State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke told reporters in Washington: “We’re focused on June 30th and completing the talks by then. We’re not contemplating an extension.” He added that the US believes that meeting the deadline set for 30 June is achievable.

Middle East Monitor 29th May 2015 read more »

Canada – radwaste

A month after a federal panel gave its approval to the controversial nuclear waste disposal site along Lake Huron, opponents are keeping up the fight. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plans to bury more than 200,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste produced from the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering reactor operations in a series of underground caverns. After a three-year environmental assessment, including four weeks of public hearings last fall, the panel recommended Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq approve the building of a crypt below the Bruce station near Kincardine, Ont.

IFPress 29th May 2015 read more »

US

In Germany it’s called the Energiewende–the energy transition. It’s a deliberate decision to move away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in favor of renewables and energy efficiency. And it’s working. Renewables are skyrocketing, nuclear reactors have closed and more shutdowns are on the way, and coal use is declining too, despite the misleading claims of renewable energy haters. Here in the U.S., it isn’t called anything–if we have an “official” government policy at all it’s “all of the above,” which is the same as saying meaningless. But an ad hoc energy transition is nonetheless taking place in the U.S.

Green World 29th May 2015 read more »

Nuclear Weapons

RUSSIA is likely to have gathered “valuable intelligence” on Britain’s nuclear programme which could put us at risk of attack, senior RAF officials have warned.

Express 30th May 2015 read more »

Microgeneration

This week’s Micro Power News. The main news this week is about the launch of the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative which is planning to install solar panels on 25 Council buildings.

Microgen Scotland 29th May 2015 read more »

Fuel Poverty

Citizens Advice is calling for programmes to help the fuel poor in England to be delivered by local authorities rather than energy suppliers.

Utility Week 28th May 2015 read more »

Climate

David Cameron has pledged to do more to encourage businesses to invest in clean technologies, as the government set aside £50m for a new climate finance loan facility. Following a meeting with French President François Hollande in Paris yesterday, which will play host to an international summit at the end of this year, the Prime Minister said this year was “vital” for securing an ambitious deal on combating climate change.

Business Green 29th May 2015 read more »

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Published: 30 May 2015