News January 2009

31 January 2009

New Nukes

As France presses ahead with building more next-generation nuclear reactors, new evidence emerged Friday to suggest that industry and governments may be unprepared to handle the increasingly toxic waste that will result. an anti-nuclear group said that information it gleaned from industry reports – publicly available but which have received little attention so far – show that waste from the EPR will be more radioactive by a factor of seven because more uranium is burned up. That will make …

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30 January 2009

New Nukes

De Rivaz, boss of the French nuclear group EDF, has already charmed ministers into allowing him to buy the crown jewels of our nuclear generating industry, British Energy, for £12.5bn. But he knows that the public will be harder to convince, made sceptical by years of blunders, delays and billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent on dysfunctional projects. His task also comes as the political climate hardens against large infrastructure schemes – such as Heathrow expansion.

Guardian 30th Jan

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29 January 2009

New Nukes

Letter from David Lowry: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is a national organisation established with a primary mission to clean up safely and securely our radioactive waste legacy, and to oversee the dismantlement of redundant nuclear facilities, and more recently has been given by ministers the extra strategic mission to find an enduring and sustainable solution for the stewardship of the nation’s radioactive waste burden. However, the NDA has no statutory role in any nuclear new-build. Moreover, I have been …

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28 January 2009

Strategic Siting Assessment

One year on from White Paper: New nuclear is on track The nuclear industry has two months from today to nominate sites for the first wave of new nuclear power stations in the UK, the Government announced today. The call for nominations came alongside publication of the criteria against which potential sites will be assessed. The criteria include conditions that new sites should not be near major population centres or certain types of military activity. The industry has …

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27 January 2009

New Nukes

As the Government publish their final criteria for the Strategic Siting Assessment (SSA) for new nuclear power plants today, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have published an expert paper by Professor Andrew Blowers OBE on this process. Professor Blowers claims that power, profit and pragmatism are dictating the siting criteria and a return to the ‘decide-announce-defend’ approach to decision-making.

TCPA Press Release 27th Jan 2009 more >>

Decommissioning

Government agencies have asked private equity firms to help …

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26 January 2009

New Nukes

THE chances of a new nuclear power station being built at Sellafield have increased. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, NDA which owns land around the Sellafield complex has given the green light for another station to be built. Although no firm plans are in place, Prime Minister Gordon Brown welcomed the proposals on a visit to the site last week.

Newcastle Sunday Sun 25th Jan 2009 more >>

Nuclear Costs

Newly approved reactor designs could reduce global …

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25 January 2009

New Nukes

Crunch talks on the UK’s nuclear rollout programme will take place on Tuesday. Ed Miliband, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will host a conference at which it is thought he will push UK manufacturers to find ways of encouraging British engineers and designers to produce key components for nuclear stations. Under EU legislation a government cannot demand that its own companies have an involvement in such projects. The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, part of the Health and Safety Executive, is …

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24 January 2009

New Nukes

The NDA has today announced that it expects to nominate land near Sellafield, Wylfa, Oldbury and Bradwell, for consideration under the Government’s Strategic Siting Assessment (SSA) process to identify sites suitable for nuclear new build. Whilst the NDA is not proposing to develop new nuclear plants itself and will not seek planning permission, it expects to nominate land into the SSA process in order to enhance the value of its land and in turn generate income which will help …

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23 January 2009

Companies

German industrial group Siemens AG intends to shed its 34 percent stake in the nuclear power plant unit of France’s Areva French business daily Les Echos reported on Friday.

Reuters 23rd Jan 2009 more >>

Nuclear Proliferation

A SWISS man suspected of being involved in the world’s biggest nuclear smuggling ring claims he supplied the CIA with information that led to the break-up of the black market nuclear network led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

Herald 23rd Jan 2009

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22 January 2009

Companies

Iberdrola and Scottish and Southern Energy have announced their intention to form a joint venture to enable them to participate in the UK’s nuclear new build program.

Energy Business Review 21st Jan 2009 more >>

Business Green 21st Jan 2009 more >>

Energy Risk 21st Jan 2009 more >>

Spain on Wednesday reaffirmed its policy of not commissioning new nuclear power plants a day after its biggest utility unveiled plans to build them in Britain, while repeating pledges …

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