News December 2006

31 December 2006

Terror

Tornado jet fighters are being scrambled on intercept counter-hijacking operations every month to check on commercial airliners flying into British airspace, the head of the RAF has disclosed to The Times. Defence sources added that alarm bells would sound if an aeroplane started heading for an obvious target such as a nuclear power plant or other highly sensitive sites.The Times 28 Dec, 2006

Yemen

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30 December 2006

Sizewell A

Sizewell A (and Dungeness A) power station’s life is today drawing to a close as it will generate its last electricity for the national grid on New Year’s Eve. Suffolk Evening Star 29th Dec 2006Peterborough Evening Telegraph 29th Dec 2006View London 29th Dec 2006Reuters 29th Dec 2006

Proliferation

It was 2005 that was supposed to be the crucial year …

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29 December 2006

THORP

BRITISH Nuclear Group officials yesterday denied reports that Sellafield’s Thorp reprocessing plant is to face a further delay in reopening. The Independent newspaper claimed on Saturday that it will be at least the summer before the troubled section of west Cumbria’s Sellafield complex would again be operational because of further technical problems. But a BNG spokeswoman denied that the summer was a target and said Thorp remained …

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28 December 2006

Iran

According to a new Study by Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, Iran could run out of oil to export in eight years without significant investment in infrastructure. The report, published by the US National Academy of Sciences, suggests that Iran’s nuclear programme could be a “genuine” opportunity for investors as oil production has failed to bridge oil field losses and domestic demand growth. Report

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27 December 2006

Uranium

The price of uranium has soared on the global market by nearly a quarter in the past three months, but a new report predicts it will rise a further 75% within the next two years. And the boom in demand for the commodity needed to fuel nuclear power stations has led to enormous rises in the number of small uranium mining firms whose share values have rocketed.

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26 December 2006

Europe

The European Commission is open to increasing the use of nuclear energy as a way for member states to cut carbon emissions and avoid volatile energy prices, French newspaper Les Echos reported on Tuesday. The paper said it had obtained a draft text of the EU Commission’s new plan to create a common energy policy for the 25 nation bloc which it is due to publish on January 10. …

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24 December 2006

THORP

The Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant, which closed in April 2005 after a serious radioactive leak, will not restart until next summer following the discovery of another technical fault. It is the latest blow for the plant’s owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which is already facing a financial crisis. The NDA funds the £2bn annual budget for cleaning up Britain’s nuclear reactors and is losing an estimated …

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23 December 2006

Dungeness A

For more than 40 years one of the UK’s first generation of nuclear power stations has had an ominous presence on the Kent coast. While members of the anti-nuclear lobby have spoken of getting “bad vibes” from Dungeness A, many residents who live in its shadow have praised its impact on the local economy. But now the plant’s two reactors are due to be shut down on New …

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22 December 2006

Trident

Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm has resigned from the Scottish government after voting with the SNP over the replacement of Trident. He was one of four Labour members who supported the SNP’s motion opposing the replacement of the nuclear submarines with up-to-date models. The other Labour rebels were Bill Butler, Elaine Smith and Marlyn Glen.BBC 21st Dec 2006Scotsman 22nd Dec 2006 Herald

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21 December 2006

Decommissioning

An important local community public consultation is under way looking at what will become of a former power station site.Two local public exhibitions on the subject will take place next month – one at Lydney. A similar exercise involving residents within a five-mile radius recently took place on the future of land at the Oldbury Power Station site. The subject of this consultation is the Berkeley nuclear …

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