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 …

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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.

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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 2006ePolitix 28th May 2006Scotsman 29th May 2006Guardian 29th

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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 …

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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 2006Evening Standard 26th May 2006

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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