News April 2007

30 April 2007

Australia

Australia is to repeal laws that prevent it establishing a nuclear industry, paving the way for the adoption of atomic power and uranium enriching ventures. John Howard, the Prime Minister, announced the move as Kevin Rudd, the opposition leader, convinced Labor’s national conference in Sydney to abandon its opposition to uranium exports and agree to new mines in the Outback.Times 30th April 2007

UKAEA

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority …

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29 April 2007

Iran

A rain of missiles could degrade Iran’s nuclear programme and set it back years, a German weekly quoted Israel’s prime minister as saying, sparking a warning from Tehran that such a strike would be a dangerous “error”. Africaasia 28th April 2007 Terror

AL QAEDA is planning nuclear attacks on Western cities, the former head of the CIA has warned. …

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28 April 2007

Dounreay

LABOUR’S Holyrood hopeful John McKendrick has announced a plan he says he would implement within 100 days if elected to the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross seat on May 3. It outlines the immediate action he would take to counter what he considers the gravest threat to Scottish jobs since Ravenscraig – the decommissioning of Dounreay.John O Groat Journal 27th April 2007

France

SAFETY at the nuclear power plant at Flamanville …

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27 April 2007

New nukes

PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair is supporting plans to turn West Cumbria into the international centre of excellence for the nuclear industry as ‘Britain’s Energy Coast’. Mr Blair gave his support after a meeting with a top-level, delegation from West Cumbria, on Tuesday, led by West Cumbrian MPs Jamie Reed and Tony Cunningham. The meeting was also attended by secretary of state for Trade and Industry, …

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26 April 2007

Iran

Iran and the European Union held “constructive” talks on Wednesday night over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme, but each side gave a cautious assessment of the progress made. The talks, held in Ankara at the invitation of the Turkish government, were the most serious attempt for seven months to tackle the international deadlock over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.FT 26th April 2007

Terror

Every year thousands of commercial devices containing radioactive material …

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25 April 2007

Scotland

Gazing out to the Firth of Clyde from the picturesque village of Fairlie, it is almost impossible to ignore one of its closest neighbours. Hunterston B power station provides part of the backdrop for the village’s beautiful outlook towards the Cumbraes and beyond. Hnterston B’s nuclear reactors have not been operating since last October hile repairs to cracked boiler pipes were carried out. Operator British Eergy …

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24 April 2007

China

South Korea’s Doosan Heavy signed a letter of intent with U.S. power company Westinghouse to supply nuclear power facilities worth over $350 million, Seoul’s energy ministry said on Tuesday. Under the deal, Doosan will provide equipments for nuclear power plants to be built in China by Westinghouse, the ministry said in a statement. The power plants, to be built between 2008 and 2013, will increase China’s dependency …

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23 April 2007

Iran

The Russian contractor building Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station said on Sunday the two sides had signed a protocol outlining what measures should be taken to guarantee payments for the project. Russia is Iran’s closest major power ally and has helped water down international sanctions over its nuclear programme, but the two have clashed over payments for Bushehr. Iran resumed payments last month but some were still …

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22 April 2007

Sellafield

Workers at Sellafield, the nuclear plant at the centre of the missing body parts scandal, were subjected to secret Cold War experiments in which they were exposed to radiation, The Observer can reveal. One experiment, described in a confidential memo, involved volunteers drinking doses of caesium 134, a radioactive isotope that was released in fatal quantities following the Chernobyl disaster. Other experiments involved exposing volunteers to uranium, …

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21 April 2007

Dounreay

The UKAEA has pledged to pore through medical records of former workers at its sites, including Dounreay, to establish whether it cases similar to Sellafield where body parts of deceased workers have been used for research without their relatives’ consent.John O’Groat Journal 20th April 2007

REAY golf course is to be surveyed for radiation following concern that it could be contaminated …

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