News February 2009

28 February 2009

Heysham

RESIDENTS of the area around Heysham power stations are being offered the chance to hear first hand about plans to nominate land next to the site for a new nuclear plant. An exhibition and public meeting will be held at The Platform, Morecambe, on Tuesday March 10 – the exhibition opening at 3.30pm and the meeting starting at 7pm.

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Sellafield

Trains between Sellafield and Barrow have been suspended after an unexploded bomb was today …

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27 February 2009

New Nukes

Catherine Mitchell, Prof of Energy Policy Exeter University: Britain has visionary goals. The Committee on Climate Change says we should have an 80% cut in 1990 levels of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Moreover, through an EU deal, the UK has to provide 15% of its total energy use from renewable sources by 2020, and cut projected energy demand by 20%. If the UK meets these legally binding targets, there is no need for new nuclear or coal plants. …

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26 February 2009

New Nukes

RWE npower has an option to buy two sites in the North-west that could be suitable for a new nuclear power station, one of which already has an offer of a grid connection. Both locations, currently farmland, are on the coast of Copeland, in Cumbria. One of the pieces of land, which is near the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning centre, has received the go-ahead from the National Grid for a 3.6 gigawatt connection, sufficient to power five million homes. No …

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25 February 2009

New Nukes

Letter from Nuclear Consultation Group: Blowers, Burke, Stirling etc: We write to express concern over the unqualified portrayal of nuclear new build as a sustainable solution to climate change (“Nuclear power? Yes, please”, 23 February). Significant issues remain to be addressed, let alone resolved. These include uncertainty about nuclear fuel supply and manufacture, vulnerability to attack, security and proliferation, radioactive waste management, radiation risk and health effects, reactor safety and decommissioning. Even if financing new nuclear build were competitive …

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24 February 2009

New Nukes

“Nuclear power? Yes please …” says the Independent, reporting on the decision of four “leading greens” to back nuclear power. “They have now changed their minds over atomic energy,” the story said. It’s a “volte face”, a “U-turn”. One of them, Stephen Tindale, is a former director of Greenpeace who was, according to the report, “vehemently anti-nuclear” but has changed his mind: not a sudden change, more a realisation “over the past four years”. Does this coincide with …

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23 February 2009

New Nukes

Chris Goodall: This country faces a serious energy crisis. Within a decade a large fraction of the UK’s antiquated power-generating capacity, both coal-fired and nuclear, is due to close. If it is not replaced, we face a nightmarish future of power shortages and blackouts. In the meantime, we desperately need to reduce this country’s greenhouse gas emissions: 90 per cent of our energy currently comes from fossil fuels. This country’s current and past emissions are far more than our …

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22 February 2009

Scotland

LABOUR MSPs have won a battle against their MPs to keep hold of their powers ahead of a major review of the Scottish Parliament. The party will agree this week that none of Holyrood’s current powers should be handed back to Westminster, as some of its MPs had wanted. Chief among them were powers over the siting of nuclear stations, currently held by Edinburgh, which are being used by the current SNP Government to block any installations being built north …

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21 February 2009

New Nukes

Speaking to business leaders at the Sellafield nuclear plant, in Cumbria, Mandelson said the transition to low carbon would offer billions of pounds of cost savings to business and the public sector. He said: “We need to take big decisions about the UK’s energy and transport infrastructure so that they are ready for the shift to renewables, nuclear and new forms of transport.

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Letter: Rather than assuaging any “primal fears” about Scotland being …

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20 February 2009

Sellafield MoX Plant

SELLAFIELD could be in line for a new Mox plutonium recycling plant, creating up to 5,000 construction jobs as well as securing more than a thousand on the permanent payroll. Those 1,000 jobs could be under threat if the site’s existing but troubled Mox plant (SMP) is closed due to poor performance. Eight hundred people work in the failing plant and a few hundred more Sellafield jobs are linked to it. MP Jamie Reed is pressing the case …

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19 February 2009

Sellafield

UNION leaders called for new investment at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant on Tuesday amid speculation over its future and warnings that up to 2,000 jobs were at risk. Environmental campaigners said the mixed oxide plant in Cumbria may have to close even though it has cost the taxpayer £472 million.

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Cumbria

A NEW action plan designed to boost the economy of Cumbria will be presented to keynote speaker Lord Mandelson and delegates at …

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