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

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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