News May 2006

31 May 2006

Nuclear skills

A skills shortage threatens to derail Britain’s nuclear decommissioning and new building programme, the industry’s biggest trade union has warned. Prospect, the engineering, science and management union, said the poaching of staff is already endemic among engineering and other companies ahead of a £50bn-plus dismantling bonanza and the final go-ahead for a second generation of nuclear power stations. The Nuclear Industries Inspectorate, which regulates safety at UK plants, has admitted that it is already finding it difficult to recruit and believes this is a common problem across this energy sector.
Guardian 31st May 2006

Students in Lancashire will be able to study how to carry out the crucial task of closing nuclear plants. The University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) has launched the country’s first Foundation Degree in Nuclear Decommissioning.
BBC 30th May 2006

Iran

The United States is “glad” about Iran’s stated wish to restart talks with leading European nations over its nuclear enrichment program, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
EU Business 30th May 2006

Iran said on Tuesday it wanted to resume nuclear negotiations with the EU and could even talk to Washington if its arch-foe “changed behaviour”. Tehran also said it was willing to negotiate on the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges it uses for research, but stressed it would not stop running the devices entirely as the U.N. Security Council has called for.
Reuters 30th May 2006
BBC 30th May 2006

Sellafield

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Ireland breached EU law by taking Britain before a United Nations tribunal in relation to the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Guardian 31st May 2006
FT 31st May 2006
Irish Sun 30th May 2006
BBC 30th May 2006
UTV 30th May 2006
Reuters, 30th May 2006

The Minister for the Environment says a ruling by the European Court of Justice makes it easier for Ireland to pursue its goal of closing Sellafield. The court says the Government acted illegally by taking a case against the nuclear facility to the UN. But the Government says the decision now puts the onus on the European justice system to deal with matters like Sellafield.
Irish Sun 30th May 2006

US

In the week after President Bush’s visit to a nuclear power plant, a major new national opinion survey will show that nuclear power is far less popular among Americans (including conservative voters) than the renewable energy alternatives of wind power and solar energy. The survey also will show strong bipartisan skepticism about the costs and delays associated with a major build-up of nuclear power plant operations in the United States.
PRNewswire 30th May 2006

New nukes

ENVIRONMENTAL activists have been protesting against nuclear power. Members of Bromley Greenpeace stood in Orpington High Street and handed out leaflets about the proposed building of nuclear power stations. Campaigners also talked to shoppers about trains travelling through the borough which carry nuclear waste from nuclear power stations, including Dungeness in Kent, to the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria.
Bromley Newsshopper 30th May 2006

Posted: 31 May 2006

30 May 2006

Iran

The normally soft-spoken Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today called for the 114-country Non-Aligned Movement to back Iran’s right to nuclear technology, accusing the West of nuclear double-standards.
Edinburgh Evening News 29th May 2006

IRAN is pressing ahead with research tests on nuclear fusion, a type of atomic reaction which has yet to be developed for commercial power generation, a senior Iranian official said yesterday.
Scotsman 30th May 2006
Independent 30th May 2006
Daily Mirror 30th May 2006

Nuclear Waste

Nuclear scientists are facing an unusual challenge: how to develop warning signs that will last for longer than the English language. It is far from certain that English will be understood in 10,000 years, or that our rather benign pictogram for radiation – three circular wedges emanating from the central “atom” pictured – will denote anything dangerous at all.
Telegraph 30th May 2006

Nuclear Weapons

THE Pentagon is seeking approval to convert part of its stockpile of Trident missile nuclear warheads to conventional anti-terror weapons capable of being targeted anywhere around the globe at one hour’s notice.
Herald 30th May 2006

Congress has stalled Pentagon plans to put conventional warheads on inter-continental missiles for use in Washington’s “war on terror”, out of concern that they could trigger a nuclear war.
Guardian 30th May 2006

France

Greenpeace activists from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan and France entered the Centre Stockage de la Manche (CSM) nuclear dumpsite at La Hague in Normandy today to demand the removal and decontamination of the dumpsite. The activists represent the principal clients of French state reprocessing company AREVA that have disposed of nuclear waste at the CSM. An estimated 140,000 containers of nuclear waste disposed at the La Hague dump came from foreign nuclear utilities in Europe and Japan. Under French law, it is illegal to dispose of foreign waste in France. The largest amount of waste at the site was produced by Electricite de France (EDF). Greenpeace is demanding that the 1.4 million containers of waste in the CSM dumpsite be removed and repackaged. Last week, Greenpeace released a study on the radioactive contamination of the underground water and rivers around the CSM Normandy plant. The water is used by farmers for their dairy cattle and on their fields. A former senior engineer at the facility has stated that in addition to tritium, other radio-nuclides in the dump, including plutonium, will leak out and given the state of the waste in the dump, it should now be removed.
Greenpeace International Press Release 29th May 2006

New nukes

Letter from Kate Hudson, CND David King is wrong to say nuclear provides 19% of energy – he should have said 19% of electricity, which means it is only 4% of energy.
Guardian 30th May 2006

International Nuclear Solutions hopes to benefit from the accelerated decommissioning that will be required if new reactors are built on existing sites.
Daily Express 30th May 2006

It could be seen as surprising that 2006, the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is also the year in which UK prime minister Tony Blair declared nuclear power to be “back on the agenda with a vengeance”. There is still widespread opposition to nuclear power in many countries. But worries about energy security and the need to slow down climate change mean nuclear power is seen as more acceptable than in the past.
FT 30th May 2006

Planning

IN THE midst of the wettest drought on record, when the South East is aching for a new reservoir, I asked a planning inspector what advice he would give to would-be project promoters. “That question is just a load of bananas,” he replied coolly. Meaning? “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.” Rather than starting with an (almost) blank sheet of paper there is much to be gained by government establishing in advance what its broad position is in relation to these matters of “national importance”. “Some of the issues addressed by public inquiries are just too big — they need to be taken back by Parliament.” Progress in that direction has been made, which is why, of course, the inquiry into whether or not nuclear power should have a place in the future energy “mix” is so critical. Get that point sorted out in advance at national level and lots of time will be saved once the specific project inquiries begin.
Times 30th May 2006

Posted: 30 May 2006

29 May 2006

New nukes

Nuclear power should supply around 30% of Britain’s energy needs, tackling the impact of climate change, Tony Blair’s chief scientific adviser suggests. Sir David King said as many as 20 new nuclear plants could be needed to increase the power generated by the current 12 sites from the current 12%.
BBC 28th May 2006
ePolitix 28th May 2006
Scotsman 29th May 2006
Guardian 29th May 2006
Telegraph 29th May 2006
FT 29th May 2006
Times 29th May 2006

Decommissioning

A university is to offer Britain’s first course in dismantling nuclear power stations to take advantage of the billions pledged to clear up ageing nuclear facilities. The two-year foundation degree, run by the University of Central Lancashire and Lakes College, west Cumbria, will begin in September with some classes close to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant.
FT 29th May 2006

Iran

Rugged veteran Iranian special forces hero “Commander Bahman” will soon be tackling one of his toughest missions, rescuing one of his country’s top atomic scientists captured by U.S. forces in Iraq. Or he will be doing so soon on computer screens across the Islamic Republic, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.
Reuters 28th May 2006

Posted: 29 May 2006

28 May 2006

NDA

Safety standards will be compromised during Britain’s £70 billion programme to clean up the radioactive mess left by the nuclear industry, trade unionists have warned. Scientists and engineers from within the industry have said that short-term competitive contracts awarded by the government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) would undermine safety procedures and put the public at risk. The NDA is inviting multinational companies to bid for three-year contracts to clean up old nuclear complexes like Dounreay in Caithness and Sellafield in Cumbria. Until now the sites have been run by government agencies.
Sunday Herald 28th May 2006
Rob Edwards’ website

Various letters, including one from the Norfolk Green Party wondering what in Laden’s reaction to Blair’s nuclear plants would be.
Independent on Sunday 28th May 2006

New nukes

French company EdF is pushing for the contract to build the first new nuclear station in the UK if the Government gives the go-ahead.
Sunday Express 28th May 2006

Letter from David Lowry: Was Eon power chief Paul Golby being entirely frank in telling Andrew Davidson that his company “would be happy to build and run new nuclear plants without subsidy”? (“Eon rides into the corridors of power”, last week).
Sunday Times 28th May 2006

Scotland

Opinion piece by Mike Weir MP, SNP Westminster Energy spokesperson: Blair tells us that we must have new nuclear power stations otherwise we will become dependent on imported gas. Brian Wilson attacks me for pointing out that far from being dependent on imported gas, Scotland produces seven times more gas than we use (‘The Nationalists are wasting energy on political opportunism’, Comment, May 21). Surely some inconsistency here? By the Prime Minister’s own logic, an independent Scotland would have no need for nuclear power stations.
Scotland on Sunday 28th May 2006

Nuclear Wespons

Hans Blix presents the final report of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission to the United Nations on Thursday. The Pentagon’s plan to set off the biggest controlled conventional blast in military history in the Nevada desert the following day, has, however, been indefinitely postponed, because of fears over the possible spread of radiation-laced soil in the air. The test site is 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Sunday Telegraph 28th May 2006

Posted: 28 May 2006

27 May 2006

New nukes

Labour has received thousands of pounds in donations from energy companies and lobbying firms linked to the nuclear industry. The cash donations give the pro-nuclear lobby access to decision makers, campaigners for the environment warned.
Independent 27th May 2006
Evening Standard 26th May 2006

Posted: 27 May 2006

26 May 2006

Opinion polls

Renewables are the form of electricity generation favoured by users of the BBC News website’s Electricity Calculator. Your responses indicate you would like more than a third of UK electricity to come from renewables such as wind and tidal turbines by the year 2020. Nuclear power emerges as your second preference, ahead of fossil fuels, with imports the least favoured option.
BBC 25th May 2006

Sizewell A

The government has given the go-ahead to decommission the Sizewell A nuclear power station, which has been in operation for 40 years. The Health and Safety Executive granted consent to Magnox Electric – which runs the facility – to dismantle it once it stops generating at the end of 2006.
BBC 25th May 2006
Reuters 25th May 2006
FT 26th May 2006

New nukes

Letter: There are no plans to build another Chernobyl here.
Leicester Mercury 25th May 2006

That’s the overwhelming verdict of hundreds of Evening Star readers who have today been taking part in an online webpoll. The supporters of proposals to build a new nuclear plant at Sizewell so far outnumber the opponents by almost three to one – suggesting that readers see the construction of a new power station on the Suffolk coast as beneficial for the environment and the economy.
Suffolk Evening Star 25th May 2006

When it comes to nuclear power, Dave “Chameleon” Cameron may be a few colours short of a rainbow when compared with Tony Blair. Even in the Labour Party few remember it, but one of Blair’s first big jobs was as Neil Kinnock’s shadow energy secretary, and his demolition of the muddled finances and environmental hazards of nuclear power played a large part in establishing him as a potential party leader.
New Statesman 29th May 2006

EDINBURGH MP Mark Lazarowicz has warned Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Government against pressing ahead quickly with a new generation of nuclear power stations. Following the Prime Minister’s statement that atomic power is “back on the agenda with a vengeance”, the Edinburgh North and Leith Labour MP sponsored an Early Day Motion on the issue at Westminster.
Edinburgh Evening News

Iran

President George W. Bush said on Thursday he would consider providing incentives to Iran if it agreed to resume a suspension on nuclear enrichment activities the United States believes is aimed at producing nuclear weapons.
Reuters 26th May 2006

Russian National Security Council secretary Igor Ivanov is to visit Iran in the coming days for talks on the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear programme.
Interactive Investor 25th May 2006

Fusion

Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn-euro (£6.8bn) agreement on the plan.
BBC 25th May 2006

Renewables

SOLAR panels which have been installed on every property on a north Manchester estate could save residents £100 each every year.
Manchester Evening News 25th May 2006

MORAY Council yesterday announced ambitious plans to make the area self-sufficient in energy by 2020. It would be the first place in Scotland to achieve this, and the move would exceed the Scottish Executive’s alternative energy target by a massive 60 per cent. Already two wind farms are operating in Moray, capable of generating almost 70 per cent of the area’s power needs. But the authority’s renewable energy strategy, published yesterday, highlights a range of other renewable energy initiatives which should make up the balance over the next 15 years. These include biomass developments, harnessing Moray’s vast forestry reserves, and a waste incinerator plant that will generate energy by converting waste from neighbouring Aberdeenshire and possibly the Highlands. The strategy also recommends the encouragement of small-scale energy projects, down to domestic level, through the planning system.
Scotsman 25th May 2006

Nuclear Waste

A Pakistani lawmaker on Tuesday accused the country’s nuclear authorities of dumping radioactive waste near a village in central Punjab province, causing cancer, miscarriages, and infertility among villagers and livestock.
Reuters 24th May 2006

Dounreay

Concerns have been expressed about what jobs or training would be offered to workers once the Dounreay nuclear plant is decommissioned in 30 years time. John McKendrick, a Scottish Labour prospective parliamentary candidate, claims a proper strategy is not in place to offset job losses. He has accused the local enterprise company of a lack of forward planning.
BBC 23rd May 2006

Posted: 26 May 2006

25 May 2006

Scotland

NICOL Stephen signalled his determination yesterday to challenge Labour head-on over nuclear power and make it the defining issue of next year’s election campaign. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader set out the battleground for the Holyrood elections by insisting it was obvious that the two coalition parties would go into the election campaign with opposing policies on nuclear power.
Scotsman 25th May 2006

Energy Review

The chief executive of ScottishPower, Britain’s biggest wind power company, criticised Tony Blair yesterday for pre-empting the outcome of the Government’s energy review by giving his public backing to a new generation of nuclear reactors.
Independent 25th May 2006
Guardian 25th May 2006

New nukes

Tony Blair has just lobbed a brick into the greenhouse by affirming that nuclear power is back on the agenda with a vengeance. George Bush has made similar noises and, most surprisingly, a growing number of environmentalists like James Lovelock and Patrick Moore (not the astronomer), one of the co-founders of Greenpeace back in the 1970s, have said the same thing: nuclear power is the only viable alternative energy source to oil when it comes to meeting most of the world’s needs. Some investors have already picked up on this theme.
Telegraph 25th May 2006

Iran

World powers made progress but failed to reach consensus in talks on Wednesday on a package of incentives and threats to prevent Iran from being able to build a nuclear bomb.
Reuters 24th May 2006
Guardian 24th May 2006
BBC 24th May 2006
Independent 25th May 2006

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Wednesday he discussed Iran’s nuclear views with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after talks with Tehran’s negotiator, Ali Larijani. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told reporters it was up to the United States to decide whether it would participate in direct negotiations with Iran on the nuclear crisis.
Reuters 24th May 2006

There is a growing international consensus that Iran will almost inevitably develop a nuclear weapon, a leading think tank said on Wednesday. The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) issued its assessment as world powers met in London to consider a package of incentives and threats drafted by EU leaders meant to defuse a stand-off with Iran over its nuclear programme.
Reuters 24th May 2006

The White House yesterday ruled out previously authorised direct talks between Tehran and the US ambassador in Baghdad, which were to have focused on the situation in Iraq. The move marks a hardening of the Bush administration’s position, despite pressure from the international community to enter into direct dialogue with Iran.
Guardian 25th May 2006

Fusion

The European Union, the United States, and five other nations signed an agreement today to build the first nuclear- fusion reactor. The aim of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER, is to provide a new, safe energy source that will cut oil demand and curb greenhouse-gas emissions.
PR Newswire 24th May 2006

Vietnam

Russia wants to build Vietnam’s first nuclear reactor, the Russian nuclear agency said after taking part in a nuclear energy exhibition in Hanoi. Vietnam presented its nuclear energy development strategy to 2020 at the exhibition, showing plans to build a first 2000-4000 megawatt nuclear reactor starting 2010, for which construction would be open to international offers.
Interactive Investor 24th May 2006

Heysham

Tony Blair last week announced that nuclear energy was “back on the agenda with a vengeance”. With the most likely place to build new stations being existing nuclear sites, it was immediately assumed by some that Heysham might be pencilled in for a third plant. But as The Visitor reported in 2002, geological problems mean the Heysham site is not suitable for expansion. Heysham 1 is due for decommissioning in 2014, Heysham 2 in 2023.
Morecambe Visitor 24th May 2006

Posted: 25 May 2006

24 May 2006

New nukes

Nuclear power is an expensive investment. Letter from Institute of European Environment Policy: nuclear energy suffers not just from “perception” problems as the interview with Andris Piebalgs, EU energy commissioner, emphasises, it has been, and continues to be, an expensive investment in an age of liberalisation that shifts risk to companies no longer able to saddle the public with whatever bad idea central planners concoct.
FT 24th May 2006

Tony Blair has come under a double attack from his allies for the way he introduced nuclear power to the political agenda. He was told that his announcement had aroused suspicions that there is a “secret agenda” behind government policy. One of the critics was the former environment secretary Stephen Byers, normally seen as a Blairite, who warned yesterday that the Government will now find it very difficult to achieve general agreement on where Britain should turn for its future energy supplies.
Independent 24th May 2006

Letter: Another pre-emptive strike by Tony Blair! This time not against Iraq but against the Government’s own energy review.
Leicester Mercury 24th May 2006

Letters.Nuclear power versus renewables, including one from Bath Green Party.
Bath Chronicle 23rd May 2006

Letters about Milliband’s connection to the nuclear industry and te sacking of Elliot Morley
Lincolnshire Echo 23rd May 2006

The first new nuclear plant would almost certainly be at Sizewell.
Suffolk Evening Star 23rd May 2006

Sellafield

IRISH campaigners have reiterated their calls for Sellafield to be closed down, saying that its existence could jeopardise the health of future generations. Warnings were also issued against moves to build new nuclear power stations in the UK, at a conference held by Sinn Fein in Dundalk, County Louth.
Carlisle News and Star 23rd May 2006

Accidents

Fifty seven breaches in safety have occurred at British nuclear plants since 1997. In the last year there were three such breaches at the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, including the large leak of highly radioactive nuclear fuel which forced the closure of the Thorp reprocessing plant.
Socialist Worker 27th May 2006

An investigation is under way after a minor collision between a car and a train carrying an empty nuclear waste flask on a rail crossing. The Direct Rail Services (DRS) train, which was on its way to the Sizewell A nuclear power plant on Monday, hit the Ford Focus at Knodishall in Suffolk.
BBC 23rd May 2006

Wylfa

The Assembly Government said it still wants to extend the life of Wales’s only nuclear power station today, despite the the NDA effectively ruling it out in evidence to the House of ommons Welsh Select Committee.
ICWales 23rd May 2006

France

Radioactive waste from a storage facility in Normandy, France is leaking into groundwater and is being used by local farmers for their dairy cattle, according to a report published today by French laboratory ACRO for Greenpeace.
Greenpeace International Press Release 23rd May 2006

Opinion polls

Scotland and Yorkshire are opposed to nuclear power but the rest of England and Wales are in favour, according to a new regional analysis of opinion polls by the nuclear industry.
Rob Edwards website 23rd May 2006

An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph shows 47% still opposed to new nuclear stations, with only 40% in support
ICM May 2006

Iran

Iran has requested through intermediaries direct talks with Washington over its nuclear program.
Interactive Investor 24th May 2006

London hosts talks on Iran today between France, Germany, Russia, China and US.
Sky 24th May 2006
Reuters 24th May 2006

Opposition by US “hawks” led by Dick Cheney, the vice-president, is complicating efforts by the main European powers to put together a package of incentives aimed at persuading Iran to suspend its nuclear fuel cycle programme, according to diplomats and analysts in Washington.
FT 24th May 2006

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Kuwait that Moscow supports an EU proposal aimed at coaxing Iran into halting sensitive nuclear work and called on Tehran to cooperate.
Interactive Investor 23rd May 2006

North Korea

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday the stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme cannot be allowed to continue and China is crucial to the success of talks trying to bring it to a close.
Reuters 23rd May 2006

Fusion

Today, after years of false starts and political wrangling dating from the cold war, they will get their chance to make that dream a reality. A €10bn (£7bn) project, called Iter, to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor will be signed off in Brussels by the EU, Japan, China, South Korea, India and the US.
Guardian 24th May 2006

CoRWM

Good to know the Tories are going right back to basics with nuclear waste. In March, their new environment and energy teams met CoRWM, the committee charged by government to deal with thousands of tonnes of nuclear rubbish. Documents released under freedom of information show that the new green politicians had ideas of their own, asking if they could shoot it all into space . . . or even dump it at sea. CoRWM had to explain patiently to the Tories that “firing waste into space was [considered] too high risk” and “burying it at sea would be fraught with legal complications”. All other suggestions on a postcard to Zac Goldsmith and John Gummer.
Guardian 24th May 2006

Star Wars

In a move that is raising hackles in Moscow, the US is proposing to install an anti-missile defence system in central Europe to counter any future attack from a nuclear-armed Iran.
Independent 24th May 2006

Posted: 24 May 2006

23 May 2006

Energy Review

Anti-nuclear campaigners yesterday spoke of their fears that the Government may back suggestions to “fast track” plans for new nuclear plants. There are fears speeding up the process for designing and siting reactors would sideline community views and opposition. But it is believed this is one of the options being considered by the Government inquiry Energy Review, which is looking at the feasibility of a new wave of nuclear power plants.
Western Daily Press 22nd May 2006

New nukes

Vincent de Rivaz, head of the UK arm of EDF, has told a Sunday newspaper that his firm would want real assurances from government before committing to building new nuclear stations in the UK. Mr de Rivaz’s comments were reported in the Observer newspaper and follow reports in recent days that government ministers are themselves concerned about the possible costs of a new-build nuclear program.
Energy Business Review 22nd May 2006

Nuclear is cheaper than gas and needs no taxpayers’ subsidy: The debate around nuclear power is coming to a head and many questions are being asked. However, the suggestion that nuclear power is somehow uneconomic, that its costs preclude it from serious consideration, does not match the facts. Comment by Robert Davies of Areva.
Guardian 23rd May 2006

Letters for and against new reactors including one from David Lowry about terrorist attacks.
Daily Mail 23rd May 2006

Iran

The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Gulf countries planned to hold talks with Iran over concerns that Tehran’s nuclear programme could pose an environmental threat to them.
Reuters 22nd May 2006

Iran’s hardline government said Monday that its uranium enrichment programme was not up for negotiation, again rejecting European efforts to secure a halt to the sensitive nuclear work.
Middle East Online 22nd May 2006

NDA

Safety standards in the nuclear industry will be put at risk by the competition culture being enforced by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Britain’s largest nuclear union has warned. Scientists and engineers from the nuclear industry, members of the union Prospect, believe the NDA is pressing ahead too fast with the clean up of Britain’s civil nuclear sites.
TUC Hazards Magazine 22nd May 2006

Nuclear Waste Transport

POLICE were called to Northampton Train Station at the weekend when environmentalists launched a new campaign to stop hundreds of tonnes of nuclear waste passing through the town by rail up to three times a week.
Northampton Today 22nd May 2006

Posted: 23 May 2006

22 May 2006

Europe

While the European Union attempts to form a common energy policy, one subject continues to divide: nuclear power. Praised by some for creating almost no environmentally harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but loathed by others because of its radioactive waste, nuclear has long been controversial among citizens, politicians, industry and environmentalists in Europe.
Reuters 21st May 2006

Iran

Germany and China agree that Iran should not be allowed to posses the capability to build nuclear weapons, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here after meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Interactive Investor 22nd May 2006

Decommissioning

At 152m (500ft) (499ft) cooling tower at the Trojan nuclear power plant was demolished at Rainier, Oregon. Portland General Electric’s facility, located 65km north of Portland on the Columbia River, is the first large-scale commercial nuclear plant to be decommissioned in the US.
Times 22nd May 2006

New nukes

Various letters, including one from Terry Wynn MEP which says: the problem of global warming will not be solved without nuclear being in the equation. Those who ignore this are condeming future generations to an uncertain future of power shortages.
Times 22nd May 2006

Various letters, including one from Tony Juniper.
Daily Mirror 22nd May 2006

Speculation has inevitably mounted that Wales’ two existing nuclear sites – Wylfa on Anglesey and Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd – would be prime sites for new reactors.
Wales on Sunday 21st May 2006

When Tony Blair, a prime minister not renowned for his grasp of economics, decides it is time for Britain to replace its ageing nuclear reactors to address climate change and avoid dependence on gas imports, I become nervous. After the Suez crisis in 1956 Harold Macmillan tripled the programme to build Magnox reactors because of worries about energy security and future oil shortages. Oil and coal prices promptly fell and these nuclear power stations proved disastrously uneconomic, imposing high social costs on the British economy.
FT 22nd May 2006

Posted: 22 May 2006