News October 2006

31 October 2006

New nukes

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. plans to start talking with General Electric Co. about co-operation in the nuclear business to better compete with the Toshiba Corp. and Westinghouse camp in the rapidly growing market, a newspaper said on Tuesday. The report comes after Mitsubishi Heavy and France’s Areva, the world’s largest maker of nuclear reactors, said earlier this month they would jointly develop mid-sized nuclear power reactors. …

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30 October 2006

Trident

THE Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, yesterday called for a national debate on the future of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent.Scotsman 30th Oct 2006Daily Mail 30th Oct 2006Times 30th Oct 2006

Nuclear Waste

Environment Secretary David Miliband has moved to quell fears that a nuclear waste dump could be built in the Warwickshire countryside.Birmingham Post 30th Oct 2006

Letter from David Nowell, Fellow of the Geological Society. What is the point …

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29 October 2006

North Korea

SOUTH Korean military officials fear the North may be making preparations for a second nuclear test. They claim to have observed activities today at the original testing site.Edinburgh Evening News 28th Oct 2006

Trident

MARGARET BECKETT, the foreign secretary, has reopened the controversy over Britain’s nuclear deterrent by calling for a public debate on whether the country still needs Trident missiles.Sunday Times 29th Oct 2006

The …

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28 October 2006

Iran

US President George W Bush says the international community must “redouble” efforts to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. He spoke after reports Iran had stepped up work to enrich uranium by activating a second cascade of centrifuges at its Natanz plant. BBC 27th Oct 2006

Iran has started enriching uranium in a second experimental network of centrifuges, Iran’s student news agency ISNA …

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27 October 2006

Scotland

Jack McConnell faces defeat at his party’s conference next month, as supporters of new nuclear power stations in Scotland press for a firm commitment to build them. Both sides of the debate within Labour say the pro-nuclear lobby has the votes to demand a shift to clear backing for replacement atomic plants. Herald 27th Oct 2006

Jack’s bet is that …

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26 October 2006

Nuclear Waste

TENDERS are to be invited from town halls to site nuclear waste bunkers in their areas in return for multimillion-pound investment in local services. Times 26th Oct 2006Telegraph 26th Oct 2006Daily Mail 26th Oct 2006ITV 25th Oct 2006Carlisle News and Star 25th Oct 2006BBC 25th Oct 2006

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25 October 2006

Nuclear Waste

Towns, cities and villages are to be granted the dubious privilege of volunteering to play host to a pile of nuclear waste in a deep underground bunker, with the government expected on Wednesday to back plans for disposal far underground. In return, the lucky winner will be offered inducements including investment in local transport infrastructure and their social fabric.FT 25th October 2006

The Environment Secretary David Miliband will set out …

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24 October 2006

Trident

Building work, costing £1bn, at a weapons research base and the creation of hundreds of new jobs have sparked claims of new nuclear developments. BBC 23rd Oct 2006

Israel

EHUD Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, yesterday put a controversial ultra-nationalist in charge of handling Israeli policy towards Iran’s nuclear programme as part of a deal to broaden his troubled coalition. Scotsman 24th Oct

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23 October 2006

Nuclear Power and the Scottish Parliamentary Elections

There seems to be some confusion in the Press about whether the serious cracks found in boiler tubes at some of British Energy’s nuclear stations, including Hunterston, will make it more or less likely that there will be more reactors built in Scotland.

Labour’s policy on new reactors in Scotland is still being debated and the manifesto for next May’s Holyrood elections won’t be decided until the November conference. But First Minister Jack McConnell has made it clear that he hopes …

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23 October 2006

Iran

Iran said on Sunday the West’s “carrot and stick” method for getting it to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work was doomed to failure. Iran’s case has been returned to the U.N. Security Council because the Islamic Republic failed to heed a U.N. demand to suspend uranium enrichment, a process the West believes Tehran is using to develop atomic weapons, despite Iranian denials. Reuters 22nd

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