News November 2009

30 November 2009

New Nukes

Campaign group Communities Against Nuclear Expansion (CANE) has applauded the latest criticism of the plans for new reactors across the country. Pete Rowberry (pictured below), Publicity Officer for CANE said: “Our members are not surprised about this decision. It has long since questioned the safety of the two reactor designs proposed for the UK on scientific and technical grounds. However, the government have decided that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) are expected to pronounce on whether new nuclear power …

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29 November 2009

New Nukes

The UK’s safety regulators, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have just released the third stage of their assessment for the designs of AREVA’s EPR and Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactors. It’s grim reading. There are a significant number of issues with the safety features of both designs. The regulators still don’t have a complete design yet from either Areva or Westinghouse. The HSE will not approve the designs unless this is addressed.

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28 November 2009

New Nukes

Letter from Kevin Allars: It is wrong to say that the designs for the proposed new nuclear stations in this country are unsafe. This is not what our reports say. The reports cover our work, as independent regulators, to assess whether the two designs meet UK regulatory requirements. This work is not complete, although we have said in the reports that we have so far not identified any show-stoppers that would preclude construction and operation in the UK. At …

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27 November 2009

New Nukes

Britain’s main safety regulator threw the government’s plans into chaos tonight by damning the nuclear industry’s leading designs for new plants. The Health and Safety Executive said it could not recommend plans for new reactors because of wide-ranging concerns about their safety. “We have identified a significant number of issues with the safety features of the design that would first have to be progressed. If these are not progressed satisfactorily then we would not issue a design acceptance confirmation,” …

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26 November 2009

Waste Transport

SELLAFIELD is set to ship out highly active waste for the first time. The radioactive material which has been converted into glass blocks will be sent out to customers in Japan, it is understood. The canisters of waste have been loaded into a shielded flask on the site prior to being moved to a Cumbrian port. Under international security regulations, the vitrified “hot” material will be transported on a ship armed with canon as a deterrent against the potential …

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25 November 2009

Nuclear Costs

An incentive to persuade the private sector to build new nuclear power stations would add no more than £40 a year to consumers’ bills, the leading company planning to build the reactors has said. The figure is the first indication from the industry of the probable cost of financial support needed for the new reactors, which are likely to cost about £5bn each. Measures to encourage companies to make the investment that is needed are expected to be put …

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24 November 2009

New Nukes

The UK plans to build a 16GW of new nuclear energy capacity, Dow Jones reported, citing the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. As reported, the UK government now sees to triple nuclear energy generating capacity in the country to approximately 40% by 2025 from 13% now. Mr Brown has been quoted by Dow Jones as saying: “We will now build not 12GW of nuclear capacity but 16GW, a total for new building that is bigger than all our current …

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23 November 2009

Nuclear Costs

Letter from Vincent de Rivaz. We calculate that a floor price of 25 or 35, as used in the article, could result in an increase on existing energy bills of about £20 or £40 per UK household per year respectively. However, it would be up to the Government to decide on a figure for such a floor. Of course, a stronger carbon trading system may mean that a floor is never triggered and the cost to consumers …

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22 November 2009

Nuclear Security

The government is refusing to provide details on five separate security breaches at Britain’s nuclear power stations last year. The breaches have prompted accusations that ministers are suppressing damaging information at a time when they are attempting to sell the idea of more nuclear power stations. Earlier this month, 10 new sites in England and Wales were approved. Earlier this month an independent MP, Dai Davies, tabled parliamentary questions demanding that the government detail the nature of the five …

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21 November 2009

National Policy Statements

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is calling for written evidence for its inquiry into the energy national policy statements (NPSs).The Committee scrutinises the work of DECC and has followed up swiftly on the release of the six statements. DECC is consulting on whether the proposals and provide a coherent and practical framework for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). Subject to this consultation, the Government intends to finalise and formally approve the energy NSPs in 2010. As part …

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