News August 2007

31 August 2007

Chief Scientist

John Beddington, Professor of Applied Population Biology at Imperial College, London, will succeed Professor Sir David King as the Chief Scientific Adviser when he steps down at the end of the year. Professor Beddington will be responsible for advising the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on a broad range of scientific issues. Early areas for his input are likely to include international climate change negotiations and …

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30 August 2007

Uranium

As oil has been the “black gold” which has made many fortunes, some have started to call uranium “hot gold”. The market for the dense, metallic element which fuels nuclear power stations has exploded over the past few years. Having languished at less than $10 (£5) a pound for much of the 1990s – which saw the closure of many uranium mines – its price shot up by 900pc between …

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29 August 2007

Climate

Dramatic proposals to combat global warming became a key political battleground as details emerged of far-reaching plans by the two main opposition parties to slash carbon emissions. A leak of transport proposals likely to form part of a major Conservative policy review included a moratorium on airport expansion and a crackdown on domestic air travel, while the Liberal Democrats published detailed plans to transform Britain into a zero-carbon economy by …

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28 August 2007

New Nukes

Giant US engineering group Fluor is teaming up with Japan’s Toshiba to build the first new nuclear power stations in the US in two decades. The agreement could cement the relationship between Fluor and Toshiba in the UK, where the two are bidding for the multi-billion-pound contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear site in West Cumbria. Toshiba and Fluor are also in talks about teaming up to …

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27 August 2007

New nukes

Opponent says public cash could be needed to underwrite scheme. A LEADING opponent of nuclear power has claimed that billions of pounds of public money could be needed to underwrite future nuclear power stations in the UK. Hugh Richards, of the Welsh Anti-Nuclear Alliance, says that, despite UK Government assurances to the contrary, there are strong grounds for believing that new nuclear power stations may prove financially unviable.

Western Mail …

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26 August 2007

Freedom of Information

THE RISK of a terrorist attack was wrongly used by the Scottish Executive as an excuse to keep information about radioactive contamination of drinking water secret. The Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has found the Executive guilty of breaching freedom of information legislation by failing to provide documents from a file entitled “Release of radionuclides in drinking water systems”. The Sunday Herald originally requested the …

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25 August 2007

US

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the reversal of a three-year secrecy policy that could make public thousands of documents involving the troubled operations of a Tennessee nuclear fuel processing plant.

Guardian website 25th August 2007 more >>

China

French construction firm Alstom has been awarded a contract worth E135 million by Chinese industrial group Dong Fang to supply four 1000MW-class steam turbine-generator packages …

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24 August 2007

New nukes

Citing higher costs, UK environmental think-tank the New Economics Foundation has reportedly said that building more nuclear power plants is not a viable option to cut carbon emissions from power generation and minimize the use of imported fossil fuels. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has said that building more nuclear power plants is too slow, costly and risky and will not help prevent climate change and …

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23 August 2007

Iran

The US and Iran on Wednesday geared up for the next stage in the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme, when Washington criticised a deal under which the Islamic Republic has offered to reveal more information about its activities. According to the deal, struck with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Iran will provide more information in coming months about a series of issues that the west believes cast doubt on the …

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22 August 2007

Uranium

Toshiba is set to buy mining rights in Kazakhstan in an effort to secure a stable supply of uranium that will bolster its nuclear power business. The Japanese electronics and energy conglomerate will buy 22.5 per cent of rights in the Kharassan mine, which gives it access to a maximum of 600 tonnes of uranium a year. Analysts said a deal could be worth tens of billions of yen.

FT 21st August 2007

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