News December 2009

31 December 2009


A pressure group has been formed to lobby for changes to plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Save Cannington Action Group said it was concerned about the impact the plant’s construction would have on the village, which is seven miles away.

BBC 30th Dec 2009 more >>

BURNHAM MP David Heathcoat-Amory has thrown his backing behind a new campaign opposed to plans for a corridor of pylons in the area. The Pylon Moor …

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30 December 2009

New Nukes

The French nuclear power sector is to re-focus its strategy, notably in Britain and the United States, after losing out to a South Korean consortium on a 20.4-billion-dollar project in the United Arab Emirates.

Middle East Online 29th Dec 2009 more >>


HUNDREDS of people from Nailsea, Backwell and Wraxall are expected to take part in a walk to demonstrate against plans for a huge power line in the area. Members of two campaign groups set up to battle …

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29 December 2009

New Nukes

Letter from Gerry Wolff: Although the failure at Copenhagen may have raised questions about nuclear power, there is huge potential in renewables. Research reviewed in the November issue of Scientific American shows renewables can meet 100 per cent of the world’s energy needs (not just electricity) and that it is technically feasible to do it by 2030. This is in line with other reports showing how to decarbonise the world’s economies via renewables and improvements in efficiency. For example, …

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28 December 2009


Police are trying to determine whether five Americans detained in Pakistan had planned to attack a complex that houses nuclear power facilities. The young Muslim men, who are from the Washington DC area, were arrested in Pakistan earlier this month. Pakistani police and government officials have made a series of escalating and, at times, seemingly contradictory claims about the men’s intentions. US officials have been far more cautious, but they, too, are looking at charging the men.

Guardian 28th Dec 2009

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27 December 2009


FEARS of a terrorist strike on a nuclear power plant in Pakistan were raised yesterday when police revealed they were detaining five Americans. The young Muslim men, who are from the Washington DC area, were arrested in Pakistan earlier this month in a case that has spurred fears that westerners may be travelling to Pakistan to join militant groups.

Scotland on Sunday 27th Dec 2009 more >>


Sources have revealed that the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is working with …

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26 December 2009

A Nuclear Christmas Tale

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land

Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept Atomic Anne.

Her stocking was hung by the cooling towers with care,

In hopes that St Nicholas (Sarkozy) soon would be there.

(Links to story about uranium mining in Lapaland)

Greenpeace Nuclear Reaction 26th Dec 2009 more >>


The estate agent’s blurb about an ‘exceptional detached fisherman’s cottage’ and accompanying photo showing beautiful windswept coastline gave the impression of a rural idyll. So …

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24 December 2009

New Nukes

Nuclear giant Westinghouse has confirmed that it has selected Shaw Group and Laing O’Rourke as its partners for nuclear work in the UK. Westinghouse had shortlisted two groups to build its nuclear reactors in the UK, the Shaw venture and a rival Fluor bid. It emerged late last month that Westinghouse intended to work with Shaw, amid concerns that the move would mean work moving abroad. The rival Fluor bid – which included Costain, Sir Robert McAlpine and Hochtief …

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23 December 2009

Carbon Price

The failure of the United Nations summit in Copenhagen to produce a firm agreement on climate change has jeopardised plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain. Leading energy industry figures said that the meeting’s failure to help to establish a strong international price for carbon dioxide emissions had undermined the economic rationale for developing the new plants, which emit little carbon but are very expensive to build. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF …

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22 December 2009

Low Level Waste

Proposals for a radioactive waste disposal facility on the site of a former opencast mine in Cumbria have been submitted to planners. Endecom UK wants to build a plant to manage low level nuclear waste at Keekle Head, near Whitehaven. It would mostly store material from buildings demolished as part of the decommissioning process at Sellafield.

BBC 21st Dec 2009 more >>


Bristol City Council could oppose the building of new nuclear reactors at nearby Oldbury and Hinkley …

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21 December 2009

New Nukes

Centrica: Building projects such as new nuclear power stations takes years, with investment decisions required by 2011 if the first one is to be completed by 2017. If we are to make the substantial investments required, we need some certainty now over future carbon prices. Yet carbon prices are driven by the lower EU emissions targets rather than the UK’s objectives, and there is very limited liquidity in forward carbon markets. Therefore, while the EU emissions trading scheme should …

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