News September 2007

30 September 2007

Iran

Criticized by the U.S. but backed by other world powers, chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei is walking a fine line in trying to cajole Iran into revealing past nuclear secrets.

AP 30th Sept 2007 more >>

ONE of the founding fathers of neoconservatism has privately urged President George W Bush to bomb Iran rather than allow it to acquire nuclear weapons.

Sunday Times 30th Sept 2007

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29 September 2007

Calder Hall

After 47 years of generating electricity the four 50 year old towers at Sellafield’s Calder Hall site in Cumbria, England, are to be demolished. A demolition team will use explosives to bring down the 289ft towers, which were opened by the Queen on October 17, 1956. Sellafield faced years of criticism and after a public consultation, permission was …

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28 September 2007

New nukes

Could there be any more confusion about the nuclear issue? Gordon Brown says it is the future. Malcolm Wicks, the energy minister, says no decision has been made. Dr David Lowry noticed that in subtitling Gordon Brown’s big conference speech, on Monday, the PM’s reference to “nuclear and renewables” was transcribed by the Beeb to read “killer and renewables”. This probably breaches the corporation’s charter. But it has the …

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27 September 2007

New nukes

Iberdrola SA and Union Fenosa SA are both eyeing nuclear construction plant contracts in the UK. Other European energy giants including British Energy, EDF, E.ON AG, RWE AG and Suez are also interested in the contracts, and there is a possibility of an alliance between British Energy and Iberdrola.

Interactive Investor 27th Sept 2007 more >>

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26 September 2007

Nuclear Waste

The most expensive public works project in the US was today in disarray after it emerged that a planned giant nuclear dump would be located on a faultline. Rock samples from deep within Yucca Mountain, in Nevada, showed that the fault runs directly beneath the site where the US federal government planned to store 70,000 tonnes of highly radioactive waste. More than $8bn …

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25 September 2007

Nuclear Consultation

The UK government’s determination to rekindle investment and support for nuclear power has drawn fire from Greenpeace, which accuses the government and its market research agency of ‘fixing’ public opinion in favour of the controversial policy.

World Advertising Research Center 25th Sept 2007 more >>

New nukes

Gordon Brown has called on …

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24 September 2007

Nuclear Consultation

Letter from Malcolm Wicks: We made every effort to involve the views of Greenpeace, an organisation fundamentally opposed to nuclear power. It was invited to comment on our materials before the events – as were other stakeholders – and significant changes were made as a result of their input.

Guardian 24th Sept 2007 more >>

Letter (from Spain) Is Greenpeace more powerful than UK …

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23 September 2007

Scotland

Alex Salmond has made it clear he wants Torness to be Scotland’s last nuclear reactor and has pledged to block planning permission for replacement plants both for Torness (to be decommissioned in 15 to 20 years) and its sister station at Hunterston (to be closed in five to 10 years). Scotland will then join a special European non-nuclear elite, …

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22 September 2007

Nuclear Consultation

Greenpeace has accused research firm Opinion Leader of “misleading” poll respondents in consultation meetings on the Government’s plans to build new nuclear power stations. The environmental group has lodged a complaint with the Market Research Standards Board, accusing Opinion Leader of numerous breaches of the body’s code of conduct.

Research 21st Sept 2007

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21 September 2007

Nuclear Consultation

Gordon Brown’s public consultation on nuclear power is being fixed by the market research company carrying out the polling. Channel 4 News reported tonight that twenty “senior academics” will be writing to the Government as they believe that the process was “deliberately skewed” and participants were “misled”. Dr Paul Dorfman, a senior research fellow at the University of Warwick, …

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