Letter from Phil Davies, David Lowry, Rachel Western, Pete Roche and Val Mainwood: Last week was the first anniversary of the publication of the final report of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and we would like to express concern at the way the government has taken the issue forward. First, the government responded that it would go ahead with geological disposal, despite the heavily qualified nature of CoRWM’s recommendation, which stressed the vital role of interim storage because of concerns about disposal safety standards. Second, we note that CoRWM’s recommendation for an independent oversight body, similar to the Statutory Nuclear Waste Management Commission recommended by the House of Lords, was rejected by the government. Third, we consider the government’s haste to approve a new generation of reactors before solving the nuclear waste problem undermines its previous willingness to respond so positively to CoRWM’s widespread public consultation. The government, in order to sanction new nuclear power, appears to be looking for a geological “quick fix”, without addressing the reasons why such a proposal failed a decade ago. We urge communities to be cautious when faced with suggestions that they “volunteer” their localities until the evidence for geological disposal is re-examined and the safeguards significantly strengthened.
Guardian 7th August 2007 more >>
Letter: With a A-rated condensing boiler we decreased our annual consumption of gas from 22,200 to 15,800 kWh. Consumption was down to 15,200 kWh, after we had fully insulated the loft. This year it’s down to 11,800 kWh after a mild winter. A saving of 5,000 kWh of gas is equivalent to about one tonne of CO2, so we’re saving on emissions as well as bills. Now that we’ve had cavity wall insulation installed, can we go below 10,000 kWh? Finally, although our cavity wall insulation was subsidised, this was more than offset by the 17.5 per cent VAT we paid on the new boiler and DIY loft insulation. Perhaps it’s easier for the Government to talk about future homes being “zero carbon” than it is to remove the financial disincentives that face homeowners, tenants and landlords if they try to improve energy efficiency.
Independent 7th August 2007 more >>
After the Windscale nuclear accident in 1957, a man was reported on the news to be so radioactive that he couldn’t kiss his wife for four days. The atomic bombs dropped on Japan had ushered in the nuclear age, and it wasn’t long before possibly the first environmental awareness campaign was born. Fears about atmospheric testing highlighted the risks of nuclear-generated pollution. The first Aldermaston march was not long in coming. Mariella Frostrup looks at responses to key nuclear events since. Radio 2 10.30pm
Telegraph 7th August 2007 more >>
The error-prone Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory has inadvertently released highly classified nuclear weapons material again, this time by e-mail.
Techworld 7th August 2007 more >>
GREEN MSP Robin Harper has called for an inquiry into the use of Edinburgh’s roads for nuclear weapons convoys.
Edinburgh Evening News 7th August 2007 more >>
Above the waves of the Barents Sea there is a mural of Marx and Lenin, like a faded tattoo. Below it, in the waters of Saida Bay, lie other relics of the Soviet Union – the rusting hulls of nuclear submarines. They are no longer part of a Cold War armada, but the radiation risk means they are still deadly.
BBC 7th August 2007 more >>
Israel is considering building a nuclear plant in the Negev desert.
World Nuclear News 6th August 2007 more >>
Councillors are opposing government plans to expand the nuclear industry in the UK. Cllr Gregory Szanto said the council did not want to see a nuclear power station built on the south coast near Brighton, which Whitehall is planning.
Eastbourne Herald 5th August 2007 more >>
A one-sentence provision buried in an energy bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate could make builders of new nuclear plants in America eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees. Lobbyists recently told lawmakers and officials in the Bush administration that the nuclear industry needs as much as $50 billion in loan guarantees over the next two years to finance a major expansion. The provision, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, has the potential to dramatically expand the U.S. nuclear industry, which plans to build 19 new power plants at an estimated cost of about $4 billion to $5 billion apiece. And while the nuclear industry would be the biggest beneficiary, the provision could also set the stage for billions of dollars in loan guarantees for power plants that use “clean coal” technology and renewable fuels.
International Herald Tribune 31st July 2007 more >>