Sweden’s nuclear power regulator has decided not to shut down all 10 of the country’s reactors after a safety-related incident last week. The failure of a back-up power system at one reactor activated its emergency systems and forced its closure. Two others were shut down as a safety precaution. The Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate, the regulator, said the reactors could continue operating with “sufficient safety”.
FT 5th August 2006
40% of Sweden’s Reactors down after incident.
Greenpeace International Press Release 4th August 2006
Greenpeace International News 4th August 2006
Greenpeace UK 4th August 2006
Letter from Dr David Purves: There is no satisfactory solution to the problem of disposal of large quantities of dangerous waste which may remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. However, it can be argued that it will be forgotten about before global warming takes its full, dire effect.
Scotsman 5th August 2006
Britain’s radioactive waste should be buried underground at geologically suitable sites agreed with local communities, a Government-commissioned inquiry has concluded.
EDIE 4th August 2006
France’s soaring temperatures have forced the heavily nuclear-dependent country to take the unusual step of importing electricity, as nuclear reactors slowed down in the summer heat.
EDIE 4th August 2006
A total of 700 new jobs could be created at the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria this year. Site operator British Nuclear Group is recruiting 300 workers to meet decommissioning targets and is looking to take on staff from the Corus steel plant in Workington, which closes later this month, and the Alcan Pechiney plant at Lillyhall, which shuts next year.
Lancashire Evening Post 4th August 2006
A timetable of nuclear waste trains that will be passing through Wandsworth has been highly publicised to shake-up transport bosses before a terrorist attack or serious crash happens. Greenpeace has published the timetable on its website to put pressure on Direct Rail Services to beef up security after an undercover reporter from a national newspaperplaced a fake bomb on a stationary freight train last week.
Wandsworth Borough News 4th August 2006