News February 2008

29 February 2008

New nukes

Government guidelines for any new nuclear power stations have ruled out reprocessing. The consultation on clean up and decommissioning issued to nuclear companies says spent fuel will be encapsulated and “disposed” of in a deep underground repository.

Whitehaven News 28th February 2008 more >>

The Government has given the nod to new atomic power stations in the UK, and the big players are …

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28 February 2008

New nukes

Nuclear power may face supply problems as worries over the safety of radioactive material limit its movement around the globe. The nuclear industry relies on ships to get its uranium fuel around the globe and shipping companies and ports face tight regulations over the handling of radioactive goods.

Guardian website 27th Feb 2008 more >>

Iran

World powers are considering reformulating an offer to Iran to persuade it to give up uranium enrichment.

EU Business 27th Feb …

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27 February 2008

New nukes

One of the loudest arguments of those who profess that traditional energy is needed even if renewables markets grow large is that modern nations cannot be powered properly without it. In particular, they say, renewables cannot meet baseload demand. Late last year, a German economics ministry experiment showed that distributed power can indeed produce reliable baseload in a secure and reliable manner. Thirty-six decentralised renewable plants …

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26 February 2008

New nukes

THE public will get the chance to hear the outline proposals for new nuclear power stations at Sizewell and Bradwell next month. British Energy is arranging public meetings “to keep people informed on the decision-making process and to hear views on the impact this may have on the area”. People will also be able to learn about the four different reactor designs being considered.

The Advertiser …

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25 February 2008

Scotland

The row over constitutional reforms deepened yesterday with Labour calls to remove Holyrood’s veto on nuclear power plants and a LibDem warning that Labour must not use the devolution review to return powers to Westminster.

Herald 25th Feb 2008 more >>

Decommissioning

Two government agencies at the heart of the nuclear industry are at war over safety concerns at some of the country’s most sensitive sites. The Environment Agency believes insufficient funds have been made available by ministers …

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24 February 2008

Decommissioning

Directors of nuclear power plant operators will face indefinite jail terms if they fail to keep up-to-date records of their clean-up programmes. The threat is buried in last week’s consultation paper on the establishment of funds to cover decommissioning costs in the Government new-build plan. The document states that where a person in breach of stated …

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23 February 2008

New nukes

New nuclear power station operators will be required by law to set aside money from day one of generating electricity for their eventual decommissioning and waste costs, Business Secretary John Hutton made clear today. Draft guidance published today sets out how clauses in the Energy Bill requiring operators of new nuclear power stations to meet …

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22 February 2008

New nukes

Companies building nuclear reactors in the UK will have to meet the full cost of their future closure and clean-up, setting money aside from day one, the government will say on Friday. Following on from last month¹s white paper on nuclear power, the government will on Friday set out the draft framework for how the …

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21 February 2008

NDA

Business Secretary John Hutton today announced the appointment of Stephen Henwood as the new Chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The appointment will take effect from 1 March 2008. Stephen Henwood was Group Managing Director of International Partnerships, BAE Systems until 2006.

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20 February 2008

New nukes

SCORES of North East companies are preparing to bid for work on the proposed new generation of nuclear power stations. A survey of its 200 members by Wearside’s NOF Energy revealed more than half see the nuclear sector as a high priority. This follows a Government announcement late last year that it is in favour …

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