News August 2010

31 August 2010

Bradwell

PROTESTERS campaigning against a planned nuclear power plant were making their feelings known during a procession. The procession, led by someone dressed as the Grim Reaper, was organised by the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) who are opposed to the building of a nuclear power base at Bradwell-on-Sea.

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Flamanville

EDF experienced renewed problems with welding quality at the EPR nuclear reactor being built in Normandy, according France’s nuclear safety agency. Faults in welds of …

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30 August 2010

Thorium

There is no certain bet in nuclear physics but work by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) on the use of thorium as a cheap, clean and safe alternative to uranium in reactors may be the magic bullet we have all been hoping for, though we have barely begun to crack the potential of solar power. Dr Rubbia says a tonne of the silvery metal – named after the Norse god of thunder, who also …

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29 August 2010

Iran

Thanks to the indifference of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, Iran is well on the way to become a nuclear power. This month, the Russians loaded up Iran’s nuclear reactor with high-grade fuel. That is nothing less than a disaster for the United States.

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Germany

Experts contracted to the German government have rejected the assumption that running nuclear power plants as long as possible would be the country’s cheapest option, according to a …

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28 August 2010

Sizewell

Power generation from the UK’s combined-cycle gas turbine fleet compensated for the low availability of nuclear and wind plant in the first half of 2010, said the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change Thursday. Gas-fed power stations–of which the majority are CCGTs built in the 1990’s–generated 79.9 TWh in H1, up 18% from the first half of 2009 despite marginally higher UK gas prices since April. Higher CCGT load was likely driven by lower nuclear generation following a series …

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27 August 2010

New Nukes

Utilities building new nuclear power plants in the U.K. may have to spend as much as 6 billion pounds ($9.3 billion) on each plant, according to Charles Hendry, the country’s minister of state for energy. “Nuclear without subsidies will be part of the energy mix going forward,” Hendry said, speaking in an interview in Stavanger, Norway. “A new nuclear plant we would expect to be about 6 billion pounds, so at this stage we have expressions of interest to …

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26 August 2010

New Nukes (GDA)

The UK Nuclear Installations Inspectorate said Wednesday it is possible that it will only be able to issue “interim” approvals for the Areva EPR and Westinghouse AP1000 reactor designs at the end of the NII’s generic design assessment program in June 2011. The reactors would not be permitted to be constructed in the UK with an interim approval, the NII said. Construction could only occur after any outstanding “GDA issues” were resolved, but there is as yet no …

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25 August 2010

Nuclear Smuggling

Moldovan police have seized 1.8kg of uranium-238 in the capital, Chisinau, officials say. Three members of the group, which included former police officers, were arrested, they said. The smugglers had reportedly been trying to sell the material on the European black market for 9m euros (£7.4m). A nuclear expert has told the BBC that this form of uranium is of no use for making nuclear weapons.

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A customs investigator who claimed spies interfered …

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24 August 2010

Nuclear Waste

Campaign group Radiation Free Lakeland is backing a west Cumbrian councillor concerned at developments over nuclear waste. Joe Sandwith who represents Seaton on Allerdale Borough Council, is worried that Cumbria is being pushed into a process that is scientifically and democratically flawed. But his motion for Allerdale to withdraw “expression of interest” has come under fierce pressure from pro nuclear forces. For the first time in Allerdale Council’s history a motion has been deferred but despite this still stands …

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23 August 2010

Energy Security

The UK needs to keep drilling for reasons of energy security. Increasing reliance on imported oil and gas is causing “anxiety”, he says before rattling alarming statistics that 60pc of new stations will be gas-fired, while 70pc of supply will be imported. There’s no point in denying the urgency of building new power capacity, Hendry claims, and also no point in panicking. But, having argued in opposition that steeply rising bills and unreliable supplies are a danger, he also …

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22 August 2010

New Nukes

“No Need for Nuclear” – a new campaign to prevent the building of new nuclear power stations, has produced a new leaflet. Available here:

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Nuclear Waste

A West Cumbrian Councillor has proposed that Allerdale should withdraw from the dodgy process designed to force Cumbria into “geological disposal” of nuclear waste.

The new government like the last is desperate to have been seen to have solved the problem of nuclear waste – to pave …

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