News March 2007

31 March 2007

Iran

Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear monitor, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel prompted its decision to withhold information from the agency. In the letter, Iran said the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency had repeatedly allowed confidential information crucial to the country’s security to be leaked.
Guardian website 31st March 2007

Middle East

On a tour of Major Middle East ports, the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior docked near the city of Tel Aviv on Thursday with a call for Israel to suspend its undeclared military nuclear program. The Greenpeace flagship, which has sailed across the world in support of environmental causes, last month embarked on a three-month tour of the region’s countries to promote a nuclear-free Middle East.
Space Daily 29th March 2007

New nukes

The UK’s principal nuclear regulators have published a new guidance enabling an integrated approach to the assessment of nuclear power station designs that provides comprehensive protection for people and the environment.
Connecting Industry 30th March 2007

Nuclear Waste

Britain needs a new strategy for dealing with low-level nuclear waste as current disposal facilities run out of space, the Government said. In a policy published on Monday, Defra called for a UK-wide strategy to provide an alternative to the national low level radioactive waste (LLW) dump in Drigg, Cumbria, which it says lacks long term capacity.
Edie 26th March 2007

British Energy

British Energy shut its Heysham 2-8 nuclear power reactor for planned maintenance on Friday morning. He could not say when the 625-megawatt reactor would restart. The shutdown comes a day after British Energy restarted another reactor at the power station in England after a one-month maintenance and refuelling outage. British Energy has four other reactors at other power stations on long term repair shutdowns, two in Scotland and two in England.
Reuters 30th March 2007

France

A new reactor will help maintain skills in nuclear technologies and support research into new designs. The 500m Jules Horowitz Reactor (RJH), named after the French reactor physics research pioneer, is a 100MWt light water cooled materials test reactor. It will be sited in southern France and operated by the French Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), which has supplied 50 per cent of the funding. The balance is coming from Electricité de France, 20 per cent; EU research institutes, 20 per cent; and Areva, 10 per cent.
Engineer Live 30th March 2007

Dounreay

THE quango in charge of Dounreay’s future is being asked to consider a compromise solution over what to do with the site’s world-famous dome. The iconic sphere is the centre of a controversy over whether or not it should be kept once the fast-reactor plant it contained is cleaned up and removed. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is not convinced by the case for its retention, though many local people want it to remain. A possible middle way is being suggested by Thurso community councillor Al Christie. Mr Christie, a former chemist at the plant, suggests a replica to provide a lasting reminder of the fast-reactor experiment in Caithness.
John O Groat Journal 30th March 2007

Posted: 31 March 2007

30 March 2007

Scotland

Labour will not rule out building a new nuclear power station, the First Minister has said. But Jack McConnell insisted his party would not give the go-ahead for one to be built until the issue of how to deal with nuclear waste had been resolved. The issue was raised during First Minister’s Questions by Green co-convener Robin Harper. He asked Mr McConnell: “Can the First Minister clarify whether he and his party will be campaigning in this election for the building of new nuclear power stations in Scotland?”
IC Scotland 29th March 2007

New nukes

According to research by Industrial Info Resources, nuclear energy is the only installed and proven energy option that will keep up with the growing population while reducing greenhouse gases and the problems of global warming. By 2050, the world will need three times the amount of nuclear produced energy than exists today, the research showed.
Manufacturing.net 29th March 2007

Nuclear Weapons

An administration proposal to build a new generation of more reliable nuclear warheads to replace the current stockpile was met with skepticism Thursday from key lawmakers who will decide how much money to give the program.
Guardian website 30th March 2007

Iran

Iran cannot lawfully be punished for exercising its right under the NPT.
Mathaba.net 30th March 2007

Most Iranians see Britain as an old colonial power that’s still meddling in their affairs.
Guardian 30th March 2007

BNG

Nuclear chiefs have been thanked for their continued support of the Prince’s Trust.
North West Evening Mail 29th March 2007

Uranium

Uranium prices are closing in on $100 a pound — a 10-fold increase in five years — and prices could climb sharply higher yet as more governments embrace atomic energy despite dwindling supplies of yellow cake to power the reactors.
Middle East Online 29th March 2007

Climate

A six-million-tonne question mark was placed over Britain’s climate change strategy yesterday with the release of figures showing that UK greenhouse gas emissions, which the Government has pledged to cut radically, are actually soaring.
Independent 30th March 2007

Over his 11 Budgets, Mr Brown could have brought in many more, and more radical, measures to tackle climate change than he has. He has in fact done very little. Most of his green taxes have pretended to change behaviour, but in reality merely raise revenue; many simple but effective measures have never been considered. To take just one example: in his recent budget, Mr Brown said he would apply to the EU for VAT on energy-saving materials to be reduced from 17.5 per cent to 5 per cent. Cue applause. But the Association for the Conservation of Energy has been calling for this since at least 1989.
Independent 30th March 2007

Sellafield

SELLAFIELD played hosts this week to a visit from representatives of so-called nuclear watchdog groups, from various parts of the country. The chairmen of stakeholders groups which keep a community eye on activities at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s 23 sites, toured Sellafield where the lion’s share of the NDA’s clean up money will be spent.
Whitehaven News 29th March 2007

Six short-listed bidders to run Sellafield have been announced.
Whitehaven News 29th March 2007

Nuclear Waste

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has denied claims it is going too fast in trying to fill up the Drigg low-level radioactive waste repository by importing low-level materials from nuclear sites in other parts of the country. But, within days of the concerns being raised, the government announced that Sellafield’s owners would in future be responsible not only for creating a UK strategy for the low-level material but also to find a replacement for the Drigg site. Creating a UK-wide strategy for managing low level waste from the nuclear industry including at what point in the future a replacement (or replacements) for the national disposal near Drigg might be required and planned to be developed by the NDA.
Whitehaven News 29th March 2007

Posted: 30 March 2007

29 March 2007

New nukes

MORE nuclear power stations will be needed if Scotland is to secure its future energy needs, an expert claimed yesterday. Professor Jim McDonald warned that the country cannot rely on renewable power sources such as wind farms to avoid an energy supply crisis. McDonald, who heads Strathclyde University’s institute for energy, warned of a “large deficit” in the amount of electricity generated if no new stations are built.
Daily Record 29th March 2007

Nuclear Skills

Scotland is to become the European centre of excellence in the training of a new generation of nuclear engineers, technicians and researchers. A state-of-the-art research and development facility at Strathclyde University, in partnership with British Energy, will aim to find improved means of creating nuclear power stations as well as prolonging the life and increasing the safety of existing facilities.
Herald 29th March 2007

Posted: 29 March 2007

28 March 2007

New nukes

The nuclear lobby yesterday stepped up its rhetoric in favour of new plants by urging the government to proceed with pre-licensing of power station designs despite Greenpeace’s court victory forcing more consultation on the government’s energy white paper. The latest offensive – launched by the UK’s second largest electricity provider, Eon – came as uranium prices came close to hitting $100 (£51) per pound on the back of heavy demand from a new generation of atomic power facilities that are being built all over the world.
Guardian 28th March 2007
Reuters 27th March 2007

New nuclear power stations should only be built in Britain with public acceptance, an executive of Europe’s largest nuclear generator said on Tuesday. Britain urgently needs to replace its ageing fleet of nuclear and coal-fired power with plants that emit little carbon dioxide, Vicent de Rivaz, chief executive EDF Energy, the UK arm of the French nuclear power giant, told a conference in London. Public fear of nuclear power must be allayed not ignored, said de Rivaz, whose company has been leading the push to build more reactors in Britain.
Reuters 27th March 2007

Environment ministers from Austria, Iceland, Ireland and Norway said Monday that nuclear power was not the solution to global warming.
Sustainable Development Internatonal 27th March 2007

Finland

Finnish energy provider Fortum Corporation is to carry out an environment impact assessment process with regards to a new nuclear power unit at its Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland. The company said that the unit is still in the planning stages but that it will possibly be built adjacent to the plant’s existing two units. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required by the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act before an application for a decision-in-principle can be submitted.
Energy Business Review 28th March 2007

Uranium

Uranium prices are closing in on $100 a pound — a 10-fold increase in five years — and prices could climb sharply higher yet as more governments embrace atomic energy despite dwindling supplies of yellow cake to power the reactors.
Reuters 27th March 2007

France

SIX protest groups are fighting a last-ditch battle in French courts to block the building of the new nuclear plant at Flamanville before it gets final government approval from this summer. Anti-nuclear groups, including Greenpeace, CRILAN and the powerful farmers’ association Confederation Paysanne, are to lodge an appeal in Nantes calling for annulment of a building permit granted to Electricité de France for preliminary groundwork which began last summer.
Jersey Evening Post 28th March 2007

Trident Eleven anti-nuclear protesters from Germany have been arrested outside the Faslane naval base. Around 25 demonstrators staged a blockade of the main route to the Clyde base, home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
ICScotland 28th March 2007

Protesters from Derby are to join a year-long blockade at a naval base in Scotland. Members of Derby Churches Justice and Peace are travelling to Faslane, near Glasgow, where the UK’s trident nuclear weapons submarine system is based. They are being joined by demonstrators from Nottingham. The East Midlands protesters will number about 60.
Derbyshire Evening Telegraph 27th March 2007

North Korea

Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden said the US does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power because its first atomic test last October was a failure, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper.
Interactive Investor 28th March 2007
Reuters 28th March 2007

US and North Korean officials held a second day of meetings on Tuesday to try to bring about the transfer of $25m, stuck in a Macao bank blacklisted by Washington, to a Pyongyang account so that stalled nuclear talks could resume.
FT 28th March 2007

Iran

The Iranian government has rejected United Nations Security Council conditions that it suspend its uranium enrichment in return for talks on its nuclear programme.
Interactive Investor 27th March 2007

Decentralised Energy

Radical proposals to switch electricity production to Combined Heat and Power (CHP) has been unveiled by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Nicol Stephen has set the pace on renewable energy with a bold commitment to produce 100% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2050. Switching to a decentralised system of energy production is a key milestone to reach that goal.
Scottish Liberal Democrats Press Release 26th March 2007

Posted: 28 March 2007

27 March 2007

New nukes

British Energy is reportedly holding secret talks with Scottish and Southern Energy and Centrica regarding plans to build nuclear power stations in the UK, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Energy Business Review 26th March 2007

Environment ministers from Austria, Iceland, Ireland and Norway said on Monday that nuclear power was not the solution to global warming. In a joint statement following a meeting in Dublin, the four ministers from the non-nuclear countries said the “inherent risks and problems associated with the nuclear energy option remain and it can not therefore claim to be a clean alternative to fossil fuel use”.
IOL 26th March 2007

Emergency Planning

A new study by researchers at the Center for Mass Destruction Defense (CMADD) at the University of Georgia details the catastrophic impact a nuclear attack would have on American cities.
Medical News Today 27th March 2007

Iran

The presidents of Russia and China have called on Iran to fulfil the UN Security Council’s resolutions over its disputed nuclear programme.
Channel 4 News 26th March 2007

Iran has begun payments to a Russian firm building Tehran’s first atomic power plant, the company has said.
BBC 26th March 2007

Ireland

Ulster’s newly-elected Green Party MLA has slammed Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary for his comments in support of nuclear power in Ireland. Brian Wilson, who took one of the six north Down seats, hit back after the controversial airline chief urged Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to think seriously about switching the Republic to nuclear energy.
Belfast Telegraph 26th March 2007

Germany

If the German nuclear phaseout law is not changed before the next general election, four reactors may be forced to close in the current political term.
Nuclear Engineering International 26th March 2007

Radioactive Waste

A UK wide strategy for dealing with solid low level waste was called for today in new policy published by the government. The policy, which follows a public consultation in 2006, identified the lack of long-term capacity at the national Low Level Waste disposal facility near Drigg and pointed to the increasing difficulty of finding small-scale treatment and disposal routes for the least radioactive wastes. It stresses the need to minimise the amount of waste created before attempting to manage disposal options. The policy said the UK needed to create greater flexibility in managing the wide range of waste that already exists and will arise in the future while maintaining a focus on safety.
New Civil Engineer 26th March 2007
Ian Pearson’s Statement to Parliament
Low Level Waste Policy Statement

Sellafield

Nuclear bosses have identified a pool of untapped skills amongst soldiers and have launched a bid to woo them to West Cumbria.
North West Evening Mail 24th March 2007

A £15bn contract to take over the running of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing facility in Cumbria is set to go to one of half a dozen American-led groups. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the Government body responsible for the site, announced yesterday that six organisations had pre-qualified as bidders for the contract, which will be worth £1.3bn a year initially and could last for 17 years. The contract, which will be let for an initial five years, will be awarded in the middle of next year and is the biggest single component of the £76bn programme to clean up and decommission Britain’s civil nuclear sites. Among the US giants bidding for the work are Washington Group, Bechtel, Fluor, Jacobs Engineering and CH2M Hill. Some have UK partners although there is not one UK-only bidder on the shortlist.
Independent 27th March 2007
Telegraph 27th March 2007
FT 27th March 2007
Times 27th March 2007

Scotland

Creating a network of local power stations would be far more efficient and lead to lower carbon emissions than building new nuclear power stations, according to a report commissioned by Greenpeace. Decentralising Scottish Energy concludes that generating heat and electricity close to where it is needed could remove the need for nuclear power, as well as being cheaper, less polluting and decreasing Scotland’s reliance on gas. The report also says this approach would work well alongside a policy of harnessing Scotland’s large-scale renewable energy potential.
Herald 26th March 2007
Greenpeace website 26th March 2007
WADE report, Decentralising Scottish Energy

Chernobyl

Chernobyl has been in Maria Sharapova’s thoughts lately. Mostly that she considers herself extremely fortunate to have escaped the effects of the world’s worst nuclear accident, dodging both possible radiation poisoning and death. Sharapova, a woman usually associated with sporting prowess and frothy, girly glamour, is a ‘Chernobyl survivor’.
Telegraph 27th March 2007

Posted: 27 March 2007

26 March 2007

Japan

Operators of nuclear power plants and oil refineries on the west coast of central Japan said on Monday their facilities were not affected by a powerful earthquake that shook the area on Sunday.
Reuters 26th March 2007

North Korea

John Bolton’s body is out of the State department,” commented Christopher Hill, US negotiator with North Korea, over lunch, “but his hand is still in.” Mr Bolton is seeking to shoot down Mr Hill’s promising February 13 denuclearisation agreement with Pyongyang by reviving the increasingly dubious 2002 CIA assessment that the Kim Jong-il regime has a secret weapons-grade uranium enrichment plant. Unless Mr Kim discloses where the plant is located and opens it up to inspectors, argue Mr Bolton and allies in the Bush administration, the denuclearisation deal should be called off.
FT 26th March 2007

Iran

UK and Iran are now on opposite ends of an escalating international crisis over Tehran’s nuclear programme and its role in Iraq.
FT 26th March 2007

Iran has responded to the latest round of UN sanctions by announcing a partial suspension of co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Independent 26th March 2007
Scotsman 26th March 2007
BBC 25th March 2007
Interactive Investor 25th March 2007

The European Union’s foreign policy chief is hoping to resume talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, a day after UN sanctions were stiffened.
BBC 25th March 2007

Radhealth

In the early 1990s, Rob Edwrds helped Susan D’Arcy write a book about the loss of her young daughter, Gemma, to leukaemia – a loss for which she blamed the Sellafield nuclear plant in north west England. The book was published in the UK by Bloomsbury in 1995, and translated into six languages. Twelve years on it is not easy to find, though it is still relevant to the arguments over nuclear power. So it has been put online.
www.robedwards.com, 21 March 2007

Posted: 26 March 2007

25 March 2007

New nukes

Britain’s leading energy companies have held secret talks with British Energy, the electricity generator, about building a new generation of nuclear power stations. Executives from Scottish & Southern Energy and Centrica, the utilities giant that owns British Gas, are understood to have had discussions in recent weeks. Although the talks are at a very early stage, they are the first sign that domestic energy suppliers are considering an active role in Britain’s nuclear future when the Government gives the go-ahead for new nuclear stations later this year. So far only continental European energy groups such as France’s EdF have publicly stated their interest in participating in a new generation of nuclear reactors in Britain.
Sunday Telegraph 25th March 2007

Nuclear Waste

NUCLEAR POWER stations across the country are likely to end up as dumps for thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste under plans to be unveiled by ministers in the next few days. Nuclear sites at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, Torness in East Lothian and Chapelcross in Dumfries and Galloway could all have to build new stores for low-level waste. The Dounreay complex in Caithness has already applied for planning permission for such a store. Though the principle of disposing of radioactive waste where it was created is backed by anti-nuclear groups, it may not be welcomed by local communities. Dounreay’s planned facility has sparked furious opposition from villagers in nearby Buldoo. The Scottish Executive, along with the Westminster government, is about to publish a strategy for the management of solid low-level radioactive waste. UK nuclear sites have amassed 31,000 tonnes of such waste, and are expected to produced at least 2.8 million tonnes more as they are decommissioned.
Sunday Herald 25th March 2007

Berkeley

The £1 billion clean-up of the county’s old Berkeley Nuclear Power Station should end with nature being allowed to reclaim the site, concludes a new survey.During community consultation most people have said they’d like to see the 43 hectares of land near the River Severn eventually used as a nature reserve or for recreation.
Gloucerstershire Citizen 24th March 2007

Iran

The Security Council imposed further sanctions on Iran on 24 March 2007 following Iran’s failure to comply with a 21 February 2007 deadline to stop the enrichment of uranium.
BBC 24th March 2007
Sky News 24th March 2007

If Tehran would have only focused on building nuclear power plants, it would be able to export more of the oil and natural gas it produces and avoid a growing confrontation with the U.N. Security Council and the United States. ‘I think that most people now understand that Iran is doing two quite distinct things,’ said Ian Hore-Lacy, director of public communications for the London-based World Nuclear Association. ‘One is it has a perfectly legitimate nuclear power program for generating electricity. And the second is that it is enriching uranium without any commercial justification for that.’
Monsters and Critics 25th March 2007

THE architects of Iran’s illegal nuclear programme will face a squeeze on their personal finances as a result of tighter United Nations sanctions that were due to be approved by the security council last night. A new package of sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to halt its uranium enrichment will target companies, banks and individuals associated with nuclear and missile development programmes.
Sunday Times 25th March 2007

Middle East

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior has dropped anchor in Egypt’s Mediterranean port of Alexandria to deliver an unequivocal message against nuclear programmes — civilian and military — to a region suddenly hungry for atomic power.
Japan Today 25th March 2007

Posted: 25 March 2007

24 March 2007

New nukes

ANTI-nuclear campaigners have accused district planners of “swallowing” a Government edict on the scope of future nuclear power station public inquiries – without putting up a fight. The Government announced last year that such inquiries would in future consider only local issues and that the various regulators would assure safety, security and protection from radiation.
East Anglian Daily Times 24th March 2007

Building nuclear power plants should be a priority in the green revolution said MP for Copeland Jamie Reed.
Carlisle News and Star 24th March 2007

Trident

Anti-nuclear protesters from Bradford took a highly unusual step during their attempted blockade of the Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland yesterday. They literally glued themselves together.
Bradford Telegrapgh and Argus 24th March 2007

Iran

It’s a typical Iranian tactic. The moment Teheran finds itself in a tight corner it pulls off a stunt designed to divert the world’s attention away from the issue that is causing it difficulty. So it is no coincidence that the 15 Royal Navy personnel now being held by Iran were abducted at the very moment that Teheran was under intense pressure from the United Nations Security Council to halt its uranium enrichment programme.
Telegraph 24th March 2007

Posted: 24 March 2007

23 March 2007

New nukes

Building nuclear power plants should be a priority in the green revolution said MP for Copeland Jamie Reed.
Whitehaven News 22nd March 2007

Trident

Public Finance understands that the 87-strong Labour rebellion could have been bigger had the spin around costs been better assessed. Following a debate that led one minister to resign and 15 former ministers – including ex-home secretary Charles Clarke – to reject Blair’s policy, one senior rebel said: ‘Several floating voters in the Labour camp considered opposing the project but concluded that a £20bn top-end cost wasn’t significant for a 30-year deterrent.’ Well, how does £91bn sound? Because that might be a more realistic estimate of the bill taxpayers will foot for a new submarine-based nuclear ballistic missile system – one that some experts believe is a white elephant.
Public Finance 22nd March 2007

Iran

The latest incident comes at a time of renewed tensions with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear programme, which Britain and other Western powers fear could be used to develop a nuclear weapon.
Portsmouth News 23rd March 2007

The showdown between Western capitals and Iran over its disputed nuclear programme is set to erupt inside the chamber of the UN Security Council when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a vote on extending sanctions.
Belfast Telegraph 23rd March 2007
Independent 23rd March 2007

Chancellor Gordon Brown may lead efforts to revive the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a way of tackling Iran’s atomic ambitions, his most pressing foreign policy challenge once he becomes prime minister. Government and diplomatic sources say he may have less than a year to influence policy on Iran as Washington’s patience with Tehran wears thin.
Reuters 22nd March 2007

Eastern Europe

Italy’s Enel has signed a Memorandum of Intent on the development of the electricity sector and nuclear power generation in Russia and in Central and Eastern Europe with Russia’s RosAtom.
Modern Power Systems 23rd March 2007

North Korea

Negotiators are trying to find a bank outside China to receive North Korea’s frozen funds in an attempt to settle a banking dispute that has stalled nuclear disarmament talks, South Korea’s envoy was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying.
Interactive Investor 23rd March 2007

INTERNATIONAL talks in Beijing on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions broke down yesterday over a financial dispute.
Scotsman 23rd March 2007
The Economist 22nd March 2007

Germany

Germany could abandon nuclear energy more quickly than planned and still achieve a 40-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday. If all nuclear power stations were closed by 2015, instead of the planned date of 2020, Germany could still reduce its CO2 emissions by 40 percent, according to a study prepared for Greenpeace by the EUtech institute, based in the western German city of Aachen.
Yahoo 22nd March 2007

THORP

JORDAN NUCLEAR, which supplies, installs and commissions mechanical and electrical plant, will work on the Sellafield Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP). The company will install a Medium Salt Free Evaporator and supply and install associated vessels, modules, plant and pipework.
Share Cast 22nd March 2007
Interactive Investor 22nd March 2007

Ireland

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions says it believes Irish society should have a debate on nuclear energy. The organisation says the Government side-stepped the issue in its recent proposals on meeting Ireland’s energy needs. Although it doesn’t fully support the idea of nuclear facilities, Congress says there still needs to be a debate on the issue.
Belfast Telegraph 22nd March 2007

Dounreay

DOUNREAY firefighters were called out after a leak of a highly volatile compound in the Fuel Cycle Area of the defunct reactor site. The spillage occurred during decommissioning work in the Dounreay Fast Reactor. It involved what a site spokesperson described as a “teaspoon-sized” amount of the sodium/potassium mix which was used to cool the reactor. The leak occurred during an operation to remove measurement devices in the tank holding the coolant. The alert was raised when a process worker noticed about two grams of the mix seeping into a custom-made safety glove-bag. The latter contains nitrogen which prevents the risk of an explosion.
Caithness Courier 21st March 2007

THE quango in charge of cleaning up Dounreay is being urged to go beyond what is being proposed in terms of the condition in which the site is left. The current blueprint would see all the radioactive hazards removed and the ground made safe by managing the residual contamination where it is. That would leave the radioactivity to decay, meaning the site would remain fenced off until 2300. Dounreay Stakeholder Group favours actively cleaning up areas to allow parts of the site to be de-licensed by the end of the decommissioning programme, currently due about 2030. DSG, which is the site’s community liaison body, supports the measure as a way of encouraging new enterprises to start up. It also believes it would contribute to an improved public perception of the clean-up process. The proposal is to be put to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is in charge of the clean-up of Dounreay and the UK’s other defunct civil reactor sites.
Caithness Courier 21st March 2007

Sellafield

ONE of the world’s biggest nuclear-related engineering and construction companies has spoken publicly for the first time about its bid to become top boss at Sellafield. The American company Fluor is one of seven bidders to take over the overall site running from present operators British Nuclear Group which is in the process of being sold off.
Whitehaven News 22nd March 2007

A SENSITIVE nuclear cargo had a four-car police escort and was also under armed guard as it made its way from Sellafield, last Friday, a high visibility transport which attracted attention all along the route from the nuclear plant to Workington. The latest consignment of Mox (plutonium) made at Sellafield was on its way in “a high security” vehicle to be loaded on a waiting “gun ship”, the HM Atlantic Osprey, for shipment from the port of Workington to an unknown customer in Europe.
Whitehaven News 22nd March 2007

Posted: 23 March 2007

22 March 2007

North Korea

Talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme stretched into an unexpected fourth day on Thursday, with envoys impatient to break a deadlock over frozen funds and push negotiations back to disarmament plans.
Reuters 21st March 2007

Deadlocked talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme ground to a halt on Thursday, with the North Korean and Russian envoys both leaving for the airport after four days of negotiations that went nowhere.
Reuters 22nd Mar 2007

Submarines

TWO British submariners were killed yesterday and another was injured aboard one of Britain’s flagship nuclear submarines. An oxygen-generating system on board HMS Tireless exploded while it was submerged in the Arctic during a joint British-American exercise, the Ministry of Defence said.
Express 22nd Mar 2007
Reuters 22nd Mar 2007
Telegraph 22nd Mar 2007
Guardian 22nd Mar 2007
Independent 22nd Mar 2007

Emergency Planning

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council are overseeing the distribution of information booklets to 4,300 people in Portland, advising homeowners what they should do in the event of a radiation emergency in Portland Port. The homes concerned are those that lie within a 2km radius of berths to be visited by Royal Navy nuclear submarines.
Dorset Echo 21st March 2007

Pakistan

Pakistan successfully tested on Thursday a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of 700 km (435 miles), the military said in a statement.
Reuters 22nd Mar 2007

Terror

A group of nuclear weapons specialists has issued ominous warnings before members of the U.S. Congress that terrorist groups like al-Qaida could launch a massive attack on the United States and currently there is little to deter or defend against such a strike.
Voice of America 21st March 2007

Forsmark nuclear power plant north of Stockholm was partially evacuated because of a bomb threat Wednesday but police later lifted restrictions in the area after no explosives were found.
International Herald Tribune 21st March 2007

Iran

Iran’s supreme leader said Wednesday that Tehran will pursue nuclear activities outside international regulations if the U.N. Security Council insists it stop uranium enrichment. “Until today, what we have done has been in accordance with international regulations,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. “But if they take illegal actions, we too can take illegal actions and will do so.”
Guardian website 21st March 2007

Trident

ORMSKIRK Lib dem MEP Chris Davies has attacked Parliament’s decision to update Britain’s Trident nuclear missiles.
Ormskirk Advertiser 21st March 2007

Privatisation

There was no sign of any progress in plans to sell part of the government’s stake in British Energy, the nuclear power group, signalled in the 2006 Budget. The Red Book said simply that the government was continuing to explore the “potential” sale of the BE stake. Whitehall insiders have been playing down the prospect of a BE sale in the immediate future. After admitting in August last year that it had found cracks in the boiler tubes of reactors at two of its eight nuclear power stations, the company said in December that the plants were likely to remain out of action until March. The one-third stake in Urenco, a uranium enrichment company, is expected to be sold.
FT 22nd March 2007
Independent 22nd March 2007

New nukes

Report commissioned by Greenpeace shows that four nuclear sites in the South of England are vulnerable to flooding. This could put more pressure on the Scottish Executive.
Scotsman 21st March 2007

Posted: 22 March 2007