News October 2009

31 October 2009

New Nukes

At a New Economics Foundation conference, Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Solar Century and one of the UK’s most respected proponents of renewable energy, gave a clear message that renewables are the only way the UK can meet the climate challenge safely, cheaply, and in time. “It’s amazing the propaganda that’s being pushed out for nuclear and against renewables,” he said. “They say renewables can’t do the base load but it’s utter rubbish. How do I know? Because the Germans …

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30 October 2009

New Nukes

The UK’s £20bn nuclear programme is facing delays because of a failure to tackle design problems with their reactors, the Health and Safety Executive has warned. A report by the HSE said the two firms in the running to build the reactors had to put more resources into dealing with the safety assessment process if it was to be completed on time. One of them, Japanese-owned Westinghouse, came in for particular criticism for failing to provide a report on …

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29 October 2009

Sellafield (new reactor site)

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is has announce that it has sold an area of land comprising 190 ha (470 acres) lying to the north of the existing site at Sellafield in Cumbria for a value of at least £70 million. The winning consortium comprises Iberdrola S.A, GdF Suez S.A and Scottish and Southern Energy plc.

NDA 28th October 2009 more >>

A consortium of GDF SUEZ SA, Iberdrola SA and Scottish and Southern Energy Plc has …

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28 October 2009

Sellafield MoX Plant

Today’s announcement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to allow the Sellafield MOX Plant (SMP) to complete its current MOX fuel manufacturing campaign has been compared by CORE to giving the kiss of life to a corpse.

CORE 27th Oct 2009 more >>

The NDA has concluded that, at this stage, the best course of action is the continued operation of SMP in pursuance of completing the current campaign of fuel manufacture. The NDA has today written to Sellafield …

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27 October 2009

New Nukes

Vincent de Rivaz: Your leader column claims that the “nuclear renaissance” does not make sense on financial grounds. However, there is a growing collation of support among the public, politicians of the main parties, industry, scientists and regulators, who recognise nuclear is needed as part of the answer to keep the lights on and tackle climate change. It is simply wrong to assert that “huge cost overruns” and “massive government bailouts” are inevitable. Claims that nuclear has been subsidised …

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26 October 2009

New Nukes

Letter Andy Blowers: It is true that the government expects high-level radioactive waste to be buried in a deep repository, but this solution is nowhere near in sight and applies only to legacy wastes. Meanwhile, the government, in effect, is about to announce up to 11 sites where highly radioactive spent fuel and other wastes will be stored indefinitely in vulnerable coastal locations. For these wastes the “effective arrangements” for disposal required by government policy simply do not exist.

Guardian

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25 October 2009

Radioactive Waste

Former senior government advisers on nuclear power have accused ministers of being “cavalier” and “cherry-picking” their advice to bolster the case for a new generation of nuclear power stations. They and other industry experts say the government should not embark on building any new atomic facilities without properly tackling the unsolved problem of how to deal with radioactive waste from existing power plants. In 2006 the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management published recommendations on how the UK should dispose …

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24 October 2009

Sellafield

Sellafield Ltd has reported today that the site’s HLW waste Evaporator ‘B’ has had to be taken out of service because of yet another failure of one its internal cooling coils. Under normal circumstances, the process of evaporating the liquid HLW produced by Sellafield’s THORP and Magnox reprocessing plant would be transferred to the site’s two other Evaporators A and C. Neither Evaporator A or C however are currently available for use – leaving the Sellafield site with no way …

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23 October 2009

New Nukes

The government will release its long-awaited National Policy Statements for new nuclear build in November, climate change minister David Kidney told a CBI conference today. The Statements, which will be released for consultation, are designed to give energy firms an indication of the legislative framework they will have to comply with as they start planning the new nuclear reactors.

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Dungeness

Details of a nuclear-industry funded armed police force that guards Dungeness, and other …

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22 October 2009

New Nukes

Letters (1) Dr Simon Lewis: Lord Hunt’s assertion that “Putting nuclear energy at the very heart of our low-carbon economy is part of our credibility going into the climate summit in Copenhagen,” rests on a dangerously naive world-view. We need to leave not only the technology of the 20th century behind, but political attitudes too. In a highly interconnected world, large-scale investment in technologies we would like to see replicated around the world should be at the heart of …

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