News November 2006

30 November 2006

Russian Spy

The investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko gathered pace dramatically yesterday as it emerged that a number of British Airways aircraft that fly between Moscow and London have been contaminated with radioactive material. Guardian 30th Nov 2006 Times 30th Nov 2006 Independent 30th Nov 2006

The radioactive poison used to kill the former …

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29 November 2006

Nuclear Finance

The ownership and operation of nuclear power plants can have a significant effect on the risk profile and credit ratings of US utilities, a new report from credit ratings agency Fitch says. Fitch suggests that while nuclear ownership can accrue benefits, including low and stable production costs and low carbon emissions, the high cost of construction and the potentially severe financial effect of an extended outage warrant a careful …

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28 November 2006

North Korea

North Korea is ready to return to talks on ending its nuclear weapons programme but still had difficult issues to iron out with the United States, Pyongyang’s top envoy said on Tuesday. Reuters 28th Nov 2006 Reuters 27th Nov 2006

New nukes

EDF Energy PLC, owned by France’s EDF SA, is considering plans to invest in nuclear …

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27 November 2006

Trident

Letter from various academics (Plus two other letters incl one from Rae Street): Jack Straw states “only a simpleton could think replacing Trident would breach the nuclear non-proliferation treaty”, (Report, November 24). We would remind Mr Straw of the United Kingdom’s obligations under article VI of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT), which states: “Each of the parties to the treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith …

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26 November 2006

Dounreay

Radioactive particles from the Dounreay nuclear plant will keep polluting public beaches for decades to come, and the environment will never be completely cleaned up. These are the conclusions of the latest expert study of the hundreds of thousands of fragments of nuclear fuel known to have leaked into the sea from the Caithness plant since the 1950s. The revelations have sparked anger from environmentalists, who say …

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25 November 2006

Scotland

As the Scottish Labour Party gathered in Oban for the first day of their party conference, green groups were there to urge First Minister Jack McConnell to come clean on his plans for nuclear power. With Tony Blair’s decision to build a new generation of nuclear power stations, Scotland almost certainly faces the threat of new nuclear power stations and a new nuclear waste dump site being built on Scottish …

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24 November 2006

New nukes

EDF Energy, the French power giant, will seek a licence to build a new £2.5bn (E4bn, $5bn) nuclear power station in Britain early next year, its British chief executive, Vincent de Rivaz, has revealed. EdF will make its British application public shortly after the NII publishes guidelines on the licensing process in January. The initial stage of licensing will involve gaining British regulatory approval for one …

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23 November 2006

Trident

The foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said yesterday she would support the retention of a British independent nuclear deterrent, as the cabinet prepares to discuss a white paper backing a retention. Guardian 23rd Nov 2006

Ministers are expected to discuss the future of Britain’s nuclear weapons system for the first time at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet. BBC

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22 November 2006

Fusion

A ground-breaking effort to change the way in which nuclear energy is commercially produced by copying the power of the Sun and the stars won international agreement yesterday. A multinational programme to develop nuclear fusion, which involves fusing together atomic nuclei as opposed to the present practice of splitting atoms, was formally approved by the European Union, the United States, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Korea. …

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21 November 2006

New nukes

An opinion poll published today suggests that only a third of the British public supports the building of a new generation of nuclear power stations.RTE 20th Nov 2006

Blair – Who says I’m not Green? Despite fully sharing their belief in the seriousness of the climate threat, Mr Blair parts company with the likes of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth over what he sees as a key part of …

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