News November 2008

30 November 2008

New Nukes

Letter from Dr Gerry Wolff: Mike O’Brien is wrong to suggest that Scotland needs nuclear power (‘Stop ducking nuclear issue, Salmond told’, November 23). There are more than enough alternatives that are cheaper, quicker to build and altogether more attractive (see www.mng.org.uk/gh/scenarios.htm and www.mng.org.uk/gh/energy.htm). When environmental and hidden costs are factored in, nuclear power is one of the most expensive ways of generating electricity (see www.mng.org.uk/gh/no_nukes.htm#subsidies). Scotland has huge potential to generate …

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29 November 2008

New Nukes

Letter: In support of his claim that modern nuclear reactors are safe and environmentally friendly, G I Crawford (Letters, November 27) advises “ask the French”. What a pity he didn’t take his own advice. Briefly, because there is so much damaging information in the public domain, he would have discovered that on the night of July 7 this year, there was a substantial nuclear spillage in the Tricastin wine-producing area, which resulted in an emergency situation where people were …

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28 November 2008

Nuclear Waste

A PROPOSAL to build a deep nuclear waste dump near Sellafield has been dealt a blow. Cumbria County Council failed to “express an interest” in the government plans at a meeting last month. A decision is now set to be made on December 9 after the matter has been brought before the full council.

Whitehaven News 27th Nov 2008 more >>

Letter: Even the UK government’s Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) believes that “ if nuclear …

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27 November 2008

Scotland

FRENCH utility giant EDF has revealed that it has not given up hope of building a second nuclear reactor at Torness within the next 20 years, despite the Scottish Government’s fierce opposition to nuclear power. Bernard Dupraz , director general of production and engineering at EDF – which recently bought nuclear operator British Energy in a £12 billion deal – said that he believed the current anti-nuclear position could change by 2030.

Scotsman 27th Nov 2008 more >>

New Nukes

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26 November 2008

New Nukes

The nuclear industry has been hailed the UK’s answer for revitalising career opportunities in manufacturing. David Powell, regional vice-president for the UK at Westinghouse, which provides equipment to the nuclear electric power industry, said at a time when mass job cuts and factory closures were dominating the headlines, the development of nuclear technology in the UK provided valuable career opportunities for workers.

Personnel Today 26th Nov 2008 more >>

Reviving industry does not mean propping up the ailing coal, …

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25 November 2008

Sellafield

An international consortium is signing a multi-billion pound contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear plant. Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) is taking over the shares in Sellafield Ltd formerly held by BNFL.

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Nuclear Skills

The nuclear decommissioning and new build sectors are facing a massive skills shortage and it will …

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24 November 2008

New Nukes

Ministers are close to giving the green light to a financial package of up to £30m ($45m) which would enable a Sheffield manufacturer to build a giant machine vital to the construction of a new series of nuclear reactors. The machine that Forgemasters wants to build is called an open-die press, capable of pressing down on metal with a force of about 15,000 tonnes, making it among the most powerful machines of this type ever built.

FT 24th Nov 2008

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23 November 2008

Scotland

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland without nuclear power would be forced to rely on England to “keep the lights on”, the UK’s energy minister warned last night. Mike O’Brien accused the First Minister, Alex Salmond, of “ducking” the nuclear issue and taking a “punt” on hopes that renewable energy would meet Scotland’s future energy needs.

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New Nukes

THE government will launch the auction of land set aside for new nuclear-power stations within two weeks, setting …

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22 November 2008

Dounreay

MORE radioactive particles are coming ashore at Sandside Beach than previously estimated, according to an independent expert group. It has also revised upward the risk of someone accidentally coming into contact with one of the rogue metallic fragments washed up from historic operations at Dounreay. But Dounreay Particles Advisory Group (DPAG) remains satisfied that the contamination does not pose a significant risk to the public. In its fourth and final report, it also welcomes the launch of a multi-million pound …

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21 November 2008

Nuclear Waste

A PARISH Council wants to see all council tax in Copeland abolished “in perpetuity” if the borough becomes home to the nation’s underground nuclear dump. The proposal from Lamplugh Parish Council is revealed in the consultation responses being considered by Cumbria County Council on Thursday in Kendal. The county council is expected to rubber stamp a recommendation that Cumbria “expresses an interest” in hosting a repository in Copeland. Allerdale has still not decided if it wishes to express an …

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