News November 2007

30 November 2007

New nukes

Greenpeace briefing which shows that subsidies are likely to be an essential part of any new-build programme in the UK and it demonstrates that support can be expected via a number of market interventions. Furthermore, it explains how the government has already enacted legislation and is developing further measures that could open the way for the taxpayer to …

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29 November 2007

Security

The Russian nuclear agency asked experts at the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI) for their insight and experience in assessing the scale of serious security risks in the Kola peninsula, arguably the world’s most radioactive region. The resulting investigation was completed earlier this year, but in keeping with its cloak-and-dagger origin, the Russian authorities are …

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28 November 2007

Nuclear waste policy “incoherent and opaque”

The Westminster Government completed yet another nuclear consultation on 2nd November 2007.1 This one was not about building new reactors, but how to get rid of the mess they leave behind, so was no less crucial to the nuclear industry’s expansion plans. Called “Managing Radioactive Waste Safely”, the consultation was intended to elicit views on developing a “framework for implementing geological disposal” – in other words how to persuade a community to host a nuclear waste dump.

The “Managing Radioactive Waste …

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28 November 2007

New nukes

Letter from Stuart Campbell: It was to be expected that Duncan McLaren of Friends of the Earth Scotland would take the opportunity to accuse the nuclear industry of being untrustworthy and unable to accurately estimate costs.

Scotsman 28th Nov 2007 more >>

David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader, signalled a key change of approach towards nuclear power yesterday by saying that it should be able to compete …

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27 November 2007

New nukes

All of Britain’s existing nuclear power plants could be shielded from the worst expected effects of climate change for the next 100 years using technology available now, according to research published on Tuesday.

Reuters 27th Nov 2007 more >>

Almost all big British businesses think cutting their carbon emissions is important and …

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26 November 2007

New nukes

Gordon Brown will call for an acceleration of nuclear power today in a speech to business leaders designed to show he is focused on the long term and will not buckle in the face of negative headlines. During his annual address to the Confederation of British Industry, the prime minister will also give his personal endorsement of the …

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25 November 2007

Terror

A NUCLEAR attack by terrorists causing widespread panic, chaos and death is inevitable and will happen soon, a senior Scottish police officer has warned. Ian Dickinson, who leads the police response to chemical, biological and nuclear threats in Scotland, has painted the bleakest picture yet of the dangers the world …

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24 November 2007

Bulgaria

The new reactor at Belene will be safe against earthquakes according to the National Electricity Company.

EU Business 23rd Nov 2007 more >>

Armenia

The US has signalled its commitment to help Armenia with studies for building a new nuclear power plant.

World Nuclear News 23rd Nov 2007 more >>

Nuclear Skills

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23 November 2007

New nukes

Rumours of a nuclear power renaissance have been greatly exaggerated. So says an audit of the nuclear industry released on Wednesday. The report, commissioned by the Greens in the European parliamentary, points out that many ageing reactors are due to close before 2030, and that 338 new ones would have to be built just to replace them. The Paris-based nuclear consultants …

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22 November 2007

New nukes

The prospects of a nuclear power renaissance in Britain are zero and the global industry is in steep decline, Green MEPs warned yesterday. An independent consultants’ study, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2007, casts severe doubts over the government’s expected proposals this year to build up to 10 nuclear power stations to replace a rapidly ageing capacity. Mycle …

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