News December 2010

31 January 2010

Nuclear Costs

Letter from Gerry Wolff: IT is not correct to say that “nuclear is just about the cheapest mainstream generating technology”. The Nuclear Subsidies report from the Energy Fair group shows how the real cost of nuclear power is disguised by subsidies. Without them, the price of nuclear electricity would rise to a level deeply unattractive to investors. Regarding the cost of nuclear electricity in France, physician Dr Helen Caldicott says: “In France, if Electricite de France had to insure for the full cost of a meltdown, the price of nuclear electricity would increase by about 300%. Hence, as opposed to conventional wisdom, the price of French nuclear electricity is artificially low.”

Derby Telegraph 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Protest

A group of nine anti-nuclear campaigners staged a two-hour protest outside the Nuclear New Build Conference in central London this morning in protest at industry attempts to paint nuclear power as a “green” technology and win public support for new nuclear reactors.

Indymedia 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

North Somerset villagers have staged a protest against the National Grid’s plans to erect 46-metre high pylons in parts of the area. Participating residents of Loxton, Christon and Webbington say the pylons would spoil the area of outstanding natural beauty. They also claim the power company has not gone through the proper consultation process. National Grid says it is examining feedback from a 14-week consultation. The firm proposes to carry electricity from an existing plant at Hinkley Point to Avonmouth and wants to have the 37-mile route in operation by 2016.

BBC 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Radioactive Waste

Medical equipment used for diagnosis of patients with heart disease and cancer could be a key weapon in stopping nuclear waste seeping into the environment, according to new research. A team of scientists from the Universities of Manchester and Leeds have joined forces with experts in nuclear medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary, using medical gamma-ray cameras to track radioactive isotopes in soil samples from a US civil nuclear site.

Click Green 30th Jan 2010 more >>

THE molecular equivalent of a Venus flytrap could capture water-borne nuclear waste. So say Mercouri Kanatzidis and Nan Ding from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. They have synthesised a sulphide-containing material with a flexible structure that mimics the flytrap’s jaws. The structure has “windows” measuring 0.8 nanometres by 0.3 nanometres – just large enough for caesium ions to squeeze through. Once inside, the caesium bonds with sulphide ions, and this changes the material’s structure in a way that closes the windows and traps the caesium.

New Scientist 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Uranium

It’s an odd place for a group of Frenchmen to pitch a tent city. Bakouma is one of the deepest, darkest corners of African jungle. From Bangui, the capital of the land-locked Central African Republic, it takes days to navigate the 800km of dirt track to this patch of virgin forest in the middle of the continent. Usually they go by light aircraft to a nearby landing strip. Most of the 160 or so jungle dwellers are scientists but they are not there to count butterflies. They are drawing up plans for a uranium mine. Areva, France’s state-owned nuclear giant, is behind the project. It hopes to begin clearing forest next year after the government approves its plan. Bakouma is not an isolated case. It’s just one example of a silent landgrab unfolding around the globe. After decades as a forgotten commodity, uranium, the radioactive element used as the primary fuel for nuclear power, is hot property again. Agents for companies, many of them government-controlled, are fanning out across the globe to gain access to the powdery, radioactive ore. Many of the new mining areas are virtually unregulated. A recent investigation in Niger uncovered radioactive shovels on sale in the local market in Arlit, a company town next to Areva’s mine there. The country is the world’s sixth-largest producer and has ambitions to move up the rankings. It employs only three nuclear inspectors to keep watch on the industry. “Getting a mine going in Texas takes two bookshelves full of authorisations,” said one commentator. “In Niger you give a shovel to a guy on $2 a day and you’re mining uranium.”

Sunday Times 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Nuclear Fusion

A pivotal step in the march towards fusion power, the “Holy Grail” of sustainable clean energy, could be taken this year. Scientists in the US are preparing for the dramatic moment when the world’s most powerful laser unleashes the nuclear force that lights up the Sun and achieves “ignition”.

Independent on Sunday 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Spain

About a dozen towns in all have bid for the dump, according to press reports on Saturday, most with populations of 500 or less, all hoping the 700 million euro ($982.8 million) plan will bring much-needed jobs in a country with some of the longest dole queues in Europe. Spanish voters generally shun nuclear power and regional authorities, wary of the project, have substantial autonomy from the central government and some have announced their opposition.

Reuters 30th Jan 2010 more >>

US

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama said that “(t)o create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.” Despite his statement, the President knows better. Nuclear power is neither safe nor clean. There is no such thing as a “safe” dose of radiation and just because nuclear pollution is invisible doesn’t mean it’s “clean.” For years nuclear plants have been leaking radioactive waste from underground pipes and radioactive waste pools into the ground water at sites across the nation. Mr. Obama was prompted to address the issue when radioactive contamination was found in drinking wells and off the nuclear plant site at Exelon’s Braidwood nuclear plant.

Huffington Post 28th Jan 2010 more >>

The Obama administration continued its march away from Yucca Mountain on Friday with the naming of a 15-member panel of experts to chart new paths to manage highly radioactive nuclear waste. The commission will be led by two Washington policy veterans, former Rep. Lee Hamilton and longtime presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft, the Energy Department announced. Other members are well known, including former Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., former high-ranking government energy officials, and representatives of the nuclear industry, organized labor, environmental groups and academia. The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will be given two years to do its work. A draft report will be due in 18 months.

Las Vegas Review Journal 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Environmental News Service 30th Jan 2010 more >>

The nuclear industry, once an environmental pariah, is recasting itself as green as it attempts to extend the life of many power plants and build new ones. But a leak of radioactive water at Vermont Yankee, along with similar incidents at more than 20 other US nuclear plants in recent years, has kindled doubts about the reliability, durability, and maintenance of the nation’s aging nuclear installations.

Boston.com 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Slovenia

An application towards a second reactor at Slovenia’s Krsko nuclear power plant has submitted to the country’s ministry of economy by GEN Energija. GEN Energija said that the application was supported by technical studies and analysis that show that the construction of new reactors is justified from energy, economic and environmental perspectives.

World Nuclear News 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Germany

Germany is committed to research into nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant source of alternative energy but international cooperation is vital, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.

Reuters 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Microgeneration

The government will tomorrow publish the long-awaited levels of remuneration it will offer for renewable energy generated by households and communities and fed back into the national grid. It hopes the new tariff will boost the growth of “micro-generation” by small-scale wind turbines, solar panels or hydro power. But there are fears in the renewable energy industry that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will make little or no upward adjustment to the tariff levels for clean electricity it proposed last year. Alan Simpson, special adviser to energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband, fears the battle to get higher tariffs has been lost and believes the DECC will stick to its aim of getting just 2% of the UK’s electricity from smaller scale renewables by 2020. He says three times that would be easily achievable at an additional cost per household energy bill of £1.20 a year.

Observer 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Solarcentury, a renewable energy company founded by green campaigner Jeremy Leggett, is mulling a flotation on the London Stock Exchange. A listing could value the company at up to £100m, according to an estimate by an industry expert. Solarcentury, which employs more than 110 people and provides solar technology across Europe, has a £35m turnover and is one of the country’s fastest growing clean technology firms. A source close to the company said that while a decision has not been made, it was “an option [because] the company is doing well”.

Independent on Sunday 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Scottish Water is to generate green electricity by fitting turbines in mains water pipes, in a revolutionary scheme that it claims could slash bills and provide energy for thousands of homes.

Sunday Times 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Climate

The danger of climate scepticism was that it would undermine public support for unpopular decisions needed to curb carbon emissions, including the likelihood of higher energy bills for households, and issues such as the visual impact of wind turbines, said Miliband, who is also energy secretary. If the UK did not invest in renewable, clean energy, it would lose jobs and investment to other countries, have less energy security because of the dependence on oil and gas imports and contribute to damaging temperature rises for future generations. “There are a whole variety of people who are sceptical, but who they are is less important than what they are saying, and what they are saying is profoundly dangerous,” he said. “Every thing we know about life is that we should obey the precautionary principle; to take what the sceptics say seriously would be a profound risk.”

Observer 31st Jan 2010 more >>

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a radical proposal to pump $100bn (£62.5bn) of its international currency into the world economy in order to fund energy efficiency

Sunday Telegraph 31st Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 31 January 2010

30 January 2010

National Policy Statements

Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs ) have been slammed as “incoherent”, “amazingly complicated”, “badly written” and wide open to judicial review by a leading energy expert last week. Oxford University professor of energy policy Dieter Helm said the new system of NPSs that will inform the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) was too complex and a shake-up of the existing planning system would have been more effective. “The idea here is an extremely good and clear one that government will have an energy policy, but this is only as good as it is consistent, coherent, clear and deliverable,” Helm told the Energy and Climate Change Committee of MPs. Instead, the energy NPSs are “incoherent, badly written and some of the English is simply wrong”, he said.

New Civil Engineer 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Local campaign groups have given a damning verdict on Government engagement with local communities over its plans for new nuclear power stations and have called for a new round of consultations to take place. The groups, representing residents in ten of the communities earmarked by the Government as potential sites for new reactors, gave evidence to MPs from the Energy and Climate Change Committee earlier this week.

Jim Duffy, from campaign group Stop Hinkley, told MPs that the timing, advertising and location of the consultations had been unacceptable.

The Ecologist 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Wylfa

Letter from Albert Owen MP: My actions have influenced energy policy to include Wylfa and Anglesey at every important stage. This is a far cry from my predecessors who failed to advance the case for Wylfa B. It is therefore refreshing that Plaid Cymru and Conservative candidates now endorse these Labour policies, after, I repeat after, decisions have been taken. Readers will also know it was the Tories that aborted the nuclear programme in the 1990s and failed to address the problems with planning process. I understand why some Tories are uncomfortable with their own party’s position. David Cameron’s closest energy advisor Zac Goldsmith clearly states that if the party sticks to its existing policy it would never allow the building of a new nuclear power station. Well that rules out Wylfa B under the Tories.

Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Cumbria

Bishop Newcome has agreed to hold a ‘Nuclear Discussion Morning’ on 6th Feb at Carlisle Cathedral following over 150 letters of concern at the newly enthroned Bishop’s pro nuclear views. The letters were signed during a protest organised by Radiation Free Lakeland on the day of the Bishops enthronement.

Radiation Free Lakeland 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Councillors are likely to visit the site of a former opencast mine in west Cumbria before making a decision on controversial plans to turn it into a waste repository. Endecom UK wants to build a low-level radioactive waste dump at Keekle Head which is one mile from Pica and five from Whitehaven. Copeland’s planning panel will meet next week to discuss the application which has been submitted to Cumbria County Council. It is expected that the panel will agree to a joint site visit with county councillors.

Carlisle News and Star 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Sellafield

Atkins has hired the man who led the £42bn Sellafield decommissioning and major projects programme for British Nuclear Group – Tony Price.

New Civil Engineer 26th Jan 2010 more >>

Scotland

Letter: The true reason for this 2.5GW line is to transmit nuclear power from Easter Ross to Denny. SSE has made no secret of its pretensions towards nuclear, and realised there would be an uproar if another nuclear power station was built in the central belt, the then governing Labour Party’s heartland. Nobody was going to listen to protests from a few Liberal Democrat-voting Highlanders. Of course, it was never in the script that the anti-nuclear SNP would form a government, but nevertheless, SSE seems to have pulled the wool over Messrs Salmond’s and Mather’s eyes.

Scotsman 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Europe

The European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy (Enela) has been launched. The academy aims to attract university graduates to the nuclear energy sector and to train future leaders in this field. The founding treaty establishing the academy has been signed by six nuclear energy-related companies: Areva, Axpo, EnBW, EOn Kernkraft, Urenco and Vattenfall. The partners also held their first shareholders meeting at the same time as signing the treaty, which covers the essential strategic, legal and financial aspects of the academy.

World Nuclear News 29th Jan 2010 more >>

US

NRG Energy Inc CEO David Crane said on Friday the company would not pursue construction of two nuclear reactors in Texas if the project loses a federal loan guarantee due to a dispute with partner CPS Energy. A Texas state judge on Friday ruled CPS may withdraw its financial support from the $10 billion project, but cannot expect to retain its 50 percent ownership stake, according to a court transcript.

Reuters 29th Jan 2010 more >>

President Obama is planning to increase spending on America’s nuclear weapons stockpile just days after pledging to try to rid the world of them. In his budget to be announced on Monday, Mr Obama has allocated £4.3billion to maintain the U.S. arsenal – £370million more than George Bush spent on nuclear weapons in his final year. The Obama administration also plans to spend a further £3.1billion over the next five years on nuclear security.

Daily Mail 29th Jan 2010 more >>

President Obama has called out for a new generation of nuclear power plants in the USA and incentives for clean energy technologies. In his State of the Union address to Congress on 27 January Obama said:“To create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.

Nuclear Engineering International 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Obama tasked a new commission to make proposals within two years on how to better manage used nuclear fuel and waste. He said nuclear energy was key to weaning the United States off its dependency on foreign fossil fuels.

Earth Times 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Climate

After the near-train wreck of last month’s Copenhagen climate summit, what lies ahead for efforts to beat back global warming? Next week may yield the first clues. Countries are being asked to say by Sunday whether they will endorse an 11th-hour deal, the “Copenhagen Accord,” which saved the marathon meeting from collapse but sparked accusations of failure and betrayal. By week’s end, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will have a picture of the response, its officials say. What emerges will be a litmus test of the Accord’s credibility and whether a comprehensive and binding climate pact can be reached by year’s end.

Independent 30th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 30 January 2010

29 January 2010

Sellafield

An investigation has been launched by Sellafield Ltd into another incident involving the loss of coolant water to the site’s HLW tanks – the second such incident within the last ten months. The loss of coolant to the tanks’ highly radioactive inventory of liquid wastes occurred on Friday 22nd January 2010 – and follows a similar loss in April 2009. Breaking the news, this week’s Whitehaven News (26th January) says that 4 of the site’s 21 storage tanks were affected and that the loss of cooling water lasted for 30 minutes. The loss of coolant in the April ’09 accident lasted several hours (see CORE Press Release 8th April 2009).

CORE Briefing 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Whitehaven News 28th Jan 2010 more >>

TEN years ago Sellafield was sent reeling by arguably the most critical incident of its existence. Its nuclear masters, BNFL created a business hiatus and political storm in the Land of The Rising Sun – a batch of “hot” fuel pellets were found to be rogue and duly refused. It wasn’t a leak. Much more serious than that for a company that valued its reputation for trust and honesty in its dealings with international customers. The crisis was over a batch of highly radioactive Mox fuel which was delivered to Japan for re-use in its nuclear reactors.

Whitehaven News 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Companies

French nuclear reactor maker Areva announced a reorganisation of its businesses on Thursday, in a move aimed to shore up its credentials as an integrated nuclear power provider that cannot be split apart. The embattled state-owned company said it was reshuffling operations to improve synergies and customer satisfaction. Areva has recently come under fire for losing a multi-billion euro contract to build nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi in part because it did not tailor its offer to meet local needs.

Reuters 28th Jan 2010 more >>

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has given state-owned energy companies EDF and Areva until the end of the week to resolve a dispute over a nuclear fuel contract. He has also called on the two company heads to end public hostilities for fear that the on-going battle will harm France’s efforts to be a leader in the global nuclear renaissance.

Utility Week 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Cumbria

ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners have compared the consultation document into new nuclear power stations to the dossier that took the country to war. Radiation Free Lakeland, Kirksanton and Braystones campaigners took their fight to keep new build out of the county to Parliament last night claiming the consultation process was flawed and decisions had already been made.

NW Evening Mail 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Carlisle News and Star 28th Jan 2010 more >>

The Lake District National Park Authority has warned that two proposed nuclear power plants would have a serious impact on the area’s tourism industry. A report setting out the authority’s response to consultation on the nuclear national policy statement argues that plans for extra stations on greenfield sites near Braystones and Kirkstanton are not acceptable.

Planning Resource 29th Jan 2010 more >>

County councillors in Cumbria have said they will oppose plans to build a nuclear power station on greenbelt land close to the existing Sellafield site. They said the site at Braystones and Kirksanton was not viable as they were not convinced the benefits of development would outweigh the costs.

New Civil Engineer 28th Jan 2010 more >>

NW Evening Mail 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Whitehaven News 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Hartlepool

AN open debate on the possibility of a new nuclear power station for Hartlepool was hailed as being “useful” and “extremely well-balanced”.

Hartlepool Mail 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Oldbury

For the first time in several years, both of Oldbury’s reactors are fully operational and generating 400MW of electricity each day. The Oldbury site, which is operated by Magnox North on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), began working with the regulators several years ago to demonstrate the structural integrity of the graphite in the longest operating irradiated graphite core in the world.

The Engineer 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Radioactive Waste

WEST Cumbrians will have the chance to say whether or not they would like to see an underground nuclear waste repository in the area. Only Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils, along with Cumbria County Council, have so far made an “expression of interest” into the possibility. Any community that eventually takes the interest further with the government will be offered the opportunity to volunteer as a repository “host” with financial incentives on offer for community benefit. No potential geological location has yet been identified.

Whitehaven News 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Uranium

In October 2008, Greenpeace published data showing that drinking water around the Caetit uranium mine in the state of Bahia, Brazil was contaminated with uranium levels up to seven times higher than the World Health Organisation’s recommendations. The Bahia Institute of Water Management and Climate (Ing ) opened its own investigation in the matter. In November 2009 they suspended the use of water from six wells preventively, because radioactivity in the wells was found to be above allowed limits. On 21 January 2010, Ing and the Department of Health of Bahia notified local authorities in Caetit that another three wells need to be closed, and clean water should be supplied to the local community. Radioactivity was again found to be too high. Greenpeace went to the uranium mining area yesterday, and discovered that the wells had not been closed yet. The mining company INB (Industrias Nucleares Brasileiras) as well as the Brazilian nuclear regulator CNEN (note: also shareholder of the mining company (!)) shamelessly claim the Ing results to be false.

Nuclear Reaction 27th Jan 2010 more >>

US

President Barack Obama signaled his administration is ready for more cooperation with Republicans when he called for construction of a new fleet of nuclear power plants during his State of the Union speech last night. The president said no area is riper for innovation than energy, but that the country needs more production, efficiency and incentives. That means “building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants,” Obama said to a strong round of applause. The Obama administration has stepped carefully around nuclear energy up to this point. The Department of Energy has moved forward with the conditional loan guarantee program initiated by the Bush administration. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has 18 construction and operating license permits currently in queue, from utilities including Duke Energy, Progress Energy, Entergy and FPL Group.

Argus Media 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Peak Oil

A 40pc increase in the demand for oil from China and other emerging economies will create the need for an extra 15m barrels per day (bpd) of production over the next two decades.

Telegraph 29th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 29 January 2010

28 January 2010

New Nukes

Taxpayers are spending nearly £1 million a month on a quango that is unable to do the job for which it was created and will be scrapped if the Tories win the general election. The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), formed in October, has a chairman, Sir Michael Pitt, who is being paid £184,000 a year for a four-day working week. It has well-appointed new offices in Bristol and has hired dozens of staff, including seven commissioners on salaries equivalent to £100,000 per year. But the organisation is unable to perform the task it was set, approving planning decisions for big energy and infrastructure projects such as nuclear power stations and high-voltage transmission lines, because the Government has yet to define the legal guidelines it should apply. Insiders say those criteria are unlikely to be approved before the general election and now the Tories have pledged to scrap the agency. The Government had originally planned to set out the IPC’s final guidelines last November in “national policy statements” on energy, transport and other areas. The documents were published, but only in draft form because of a continuing public consultation that is essential if the Government is to avoid a legal challenge from groups opposed to the 18 projects earmarked for IPC scrutiny. They include new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk as well as a 37-mile (60km) national grid overhead high voltage transmission line running from Bridgwater to Seabank near Avonmouth. Jean McSorley, nuclear campaigner for Greenpeace, said: “It looks like these decisions will be put off until well after the general election, meaning more delays and uncertainty.”

Times 28th Jan 2010 more >>

French energy giant EDF holds a “potentially significant influence” over the success of the Government’s nuclear new-build programme, the National Audit Office has warned.

Construction News 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Scotland

THE political block on allowing new nuclear power plants north of the Border is “a tragedy for Scotland”, the UK’s energy minister claimed yesterday. Lord Hunt told The Scotsman that SNP ministers’ ideological opposition to nuclear power would cost Scotland jobs and expertise which it could have imported around the world. The minister re-entered the debate on using nuclear power on a visit to Scotland yesterday to announce the 26th round of offshore licensing for the North Sea oil and gas industry in Aberdeen. He claimed there was a chance for Scotland to lead the world in nuclear expertise, in the same way as it does in the oil industry.

Scotsman 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Protest

A Select Committee meeting in the House of Commons was disrupted this morning by a small group of anti-nuclear activists. The incident took place during a packed session of the Department of Energy and Climate Change Parliamentary Select Committee on the proposed nuclear and other energy National Policy Statements, as representatives from pro-nuclear energy giants EDF, E.ON and RWE npower and the Association of Electricity Producers gave evidence.

Nuclear People Power 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Earth First 27th Jan 2010 more >>

A group of nine anti-nuclear campaigners staged a two-hour protest outside the Nuclear New Build Conference in central London this morning in protest at industry attempts to paint nuclear power as a “green” technology and win public support for new nuclear reactors.

Nuclear People Power 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

ANTI-PYLON protestors are marching between two villages on Saturday in a show of strength against ‘environmental damage and vandalism’.

Weston & Somerset Mercury 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Oldbury

Eon sent a letter to Barbara Janke , Council Leader, offering to speak to Councillors in Bristol about the Nuclear Power Station at Oldbury. Well done to Mark Wright for stimulating their interest.

Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy 27th Jan 2010 more >>

A silent protest is planned for the 6th February at the Leisure Centre in Thornbury 30 minutes before the meeting with DECC to emphasise the point that we need to be listened to and not just heard.

Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Sellafield

Anti-nuclear campaigners Radiation Free Lakeland have slammed the chairman of the West Cumbria Stakeholders Emergency Planning Committee. David Moore (pictured) has said that the Sellafield site poses no serious emergency planning issues and is now the ‘preferred option’ for new build. In a press release, Radiation Free Lakeland say: “The basis for this statement is hard to fathom. In 2009 there were two near emergencies at Sellafield, and in the Autumn the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) declared that the risks presented by the site were: “far too high”.

Get Noticed Online 26th Jan 2010 more >>

Cumbria

THE Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change wants to see West Cumbria capitalise on the jobs boom offered by nuclear new-build but health and safety are top of the government agenda.

Whitehaven News 27th Jan 2010 more >>

PLANS for a nuclear power station near Millom have suffered another set back. Cumbria County Council today (Wednesday) became the latest authority to oppose plans to build a plant on farmland in Kirksanton and Braystones, near Egremont. The council has instead backed proposals to build a plant near Sellafield.

NW Evening Mail 27th Jan 2010 more >>

BBC 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Wylfa

An extraordinary meeting of Anglesey County Council was held last Thursday to discuss the possibility of bringing a bio- mass electricity generating station to Penrhos, Holyhead which could create 600 jobs.

Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 27th Jan 2010 more >>

WYLFA B will be a target for terrorists, anti-nuclear campaigners claimed in Parliament last night. Dr Carl Clowes warned the site’s close proximity to RAF Valley also meant there was huge potential for disaster, telling MPs there had been a recent near miss of two Hawk jets.

Daily Post 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Dounreay

FIRMS bidding for the contact to clean up the Dounreay nuclear site have been told the budget will be capped at 150 million a year for a planned 15 years. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) made the announcement yesterday ahead of a competition to return the Caithness complex to a near greenfield site by 2025. Firms will compete for ownership of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL), the company licensed to carry out the work. The successful bidder will take over DSRL in 2012 and complete the clean-up. Funding was expected to peak at 200m a year through 2011-15, to cover major construction projects, including cleaning the notorious waste shaft, and the reduction means some work may have to be deferred. However, the award is still seen as a good outcome in the face of cuts in public spending.

Scotsman 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Radioactive Waste

ENVIRONMENT Agency chiefs have concluded a wind farm planned for Oswaldtwistle Moor would have no affect on nuclear waste buried nearby. Hyndburn Borough Council invited the agency to comment on the planning application after residents raised concerns that disturbing a mine formerly used as a dumping site would release radioactivity.

Lancashire Telegraph 25th Jan 2010 more >>

US

The Obama administration is considering granting as much as $18.5 billion in loan guarantees to the nuclear industry to build new reactors, and Congress is considering adding billions more to expand nuclear power in the U.S., even though the problems of safety and what to do with nuclear waste remain unsolved.

Centre for Media and Democracy 26th Jan 2010 more >>

President Barack Obama, trying to save the stalled U.S. climate change bill, appeared to back away from creating a market in planet-warming emissions on Wednesday, while reaching out for Republican votes by promoting nuclear energy and offshore drilling.

Reuters 28th Jan 2010 more >>

A Japanese electric utility – TEPCO – is mulling a stake in a Texas nuclear plant under development by NRG Energy Inc which is a leading contender for billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees.

Reuters 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Iran

President Barack Obama said his focus on nuclear disarmament had strengthened U.S. diplomacy in dealing with North Korea and Iran, and he warned Tehran faced “growing consequences” over its nuclear program.

Yahoo 28th Jan 2010 more >>

Trident

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Bill Hewitt, and members of Scottish Clergy against Nuclear Armaments (SCANA) have launched an initiative at Holyrood seeking to place nuclear weapons and Trident at the heart of the General Election campaign.

Ekklesia 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 28 January 2010

27 January 2010

EDF

EDF has given up plans to sell its electricity distribution network in Britain because the French state electricity giant’s new boss is against the move, a financial news website reported Sunday. “Henri Proglio, who has always been opposed to this project that was initiated by (former EDF boss) Pierre Gadonneix, is set to announce soon that he is ending it,” Wansquare website said, citing British banking sources.

AFP 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Wylfa

Letter from Dr Carl Iwan Clowes: THE Department of Energy and Climate Change Office for Nuclear Development (OND) held a consultation exercise at Wylfa recently. Unfortunately, it did little to allay the fears for those of us who have genuine concerns about any future development of a nuclear power station on Ynys Mon.

Daily Post 20th Jan 2010 more >>

COLEG MENAI’S Llangefni site has been approved by the National Skills Academy to ensure the nuclear sector has a skilled workforce to meet future demands. The Llangefni site will also be the home of a new £6m Energy and Fabrication Centre which will house the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.

Western Mail 27th Jan 2010 more >>

France

Yesterday there was another shipment 500 tonnes of nuclear waste was going to leave France to go to Russia. Easy breezy! That is if Greenpeace was not there to stop them. Three teams of Greenpeace activists blocked that train carrying nuclear waste to the port to be loaded to go to Russia. Six Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the railway, at two locations en route to Cherbourg.

Nuclear Reaction 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Stop Oldbury 26th Jan 2010 more >>

GDF Suez SA and Areva SA are close to concluding a strategic partnership in the construction of nuclear reactors, French daily Les Echos reported, without citing anyone. The signing of the accord was to have taken place last week and was delayed by the dispute between Areva and Electricite de France SA, according to the newspaper. The agreement, which doesn’t include any financial stakes, would allow GDF Suez to take part in the Atmea nuclear reactor, Les Echos said.

Bloomberg 27th Jan 2010 more >>

Germany

Eight years ago, a German coalition government comprised of Social Democrats and Greens passed legislation phasing out the country’s nuclear power plants, which provide one-quarter of German electricity, after roughly 32 years of operation. Given that schedule, at least two of the country’s 17 nuclear reactors should be shutting down this year. But, after a September parliamentary election where a conservative block led by Chancellor Angela Merkel came to power, these plans appear to be on hold.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 22nd Jan 2009 more >>

Spain

A small Spanish town has become only the second to volunteer to host a nuclear waste dump that is becoming a hot potato for the government. The city hall of Asco voted Tuesday 7-2 in favor of building the facility, which will cost $910 million and create 300 jobs in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region. Demonstrators have rallied for the past two days against the project. Spanish media said opponents of the plan laughed in the town hall chamber when the mayor said he was not backing the project because of money.

USA Today 26th Jan 2010 more >>

The Catalonian town of Asc yesterday voted to bid for a controversial 700m nuclear waste dump, joining Yebra in Castilla-La Mancha as the second candidate to date* for the lucrative honour of storing the spent output of Spain’s nuclear power programme. The town council, with widespread local support, voted seven to two in favour of pitching for the contract, which will create around 300 jobs for five years and considerably swell municipal coffers.

The Register 26th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 27 January 2010

26 January 2010

Nuclear Safety

Operators of Britain’s nuclear power stations reported 1,343 incidents to the Health and Safety Executive since 2001. The authority’s inspectors classified 773 of them as posing no threat, while 563 were safety anomalies. But seven incidents, five of which were related to power plants operated by British Energy, have been listed as harmful. The most recent occurred last year at Dungeness B, after British Energy had been taken over by French nuclear giant EDF, when there was found to be “non-compliance or inadequacy” in its safety arrangements. The most serious incident was a leak at Sellafield in 2005 which went undetected for months. No one was injured when around 80,000 tonnes of acid containing 20 tonnes of uranium and 160kg of plutonium leaked from a broken pipe into a sealed concrete holding.

Telegraph 26th Jan 2010 more >>

NPS Consultation

Energy campaigners have slammed the nuclear national policy statement (NPS), labelling the consultation process a farce that gives locals no say. Speaking after giving evidence at last week’s Commons energy and climate change committee, concerns were also raised that the nuclear NPS gave no consideration to the issue of spent fuel.

Planning Resource 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

BURNHAM’S MP has called for a study into the financial impact a corridor of pylons could have on health and the environment. David Heathcoat-Amory took part in a debate in the House of Commons last week, led by fellow Tory Liam Fox, on National Grid’s plans to power Hinkley Point C with the electricity transmission system at Avonmouth using 37 miles of 46m-tall pylons.

This is the West Country 25th Jan 2010 more >>

At a meeting of West Somerset Council on Wednesday, January 20, Members were asked to consider the Council’s responses on three consultation documents related to Hinkley C

eGov Monitor 25th Jan 2010 more >>

With mouths symbolically gagged with tape, demonstrators opposing a new fast track planning process for the proposed new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point showed how they believe that public involvement will be stifled.

Stop Oldbury 24th Jan 2010 more >>

Kirksanton

GOVERNMENT officials were grilled by 350 members of the public over plans to build a nuclear power plant in Kirksanton. Angry residents made their voices heard with calls for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to pull the plug on the project. The meeting, held on Saturday at Millom School, followed a three-day exhibition in Millom Network Centre.

NW Evening Mail 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Radioactive Waste

ENVIRONMENT Agency chiefs have concluded a wind farm planned for Oswaldtwistle Moor would have no affect on nuclear waste buried nearby. Hyndburn Borough Council invited the agency to comment on the planning application after residents raised concerns that disturbing a mine formerly used as a dumping site would release radioactivity.

Lancashire Telegraph 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Nuclear Terror

The last time the US had a congressionally mandated review of its nuclear status was in 2002. In that Nuclear Posture Review, declassified portions contained no mention of “preventing nuclear terrorism.” The latest review, slated to be finished in March, appears to indicate that America’s nuclear arsenal and the threat of nuclear terrorism are interconnected issues. That means that how the US handles its nuclear weapons will have to change.

Christian Science Monitor 25th Jan 2010 more >>

France

The French nuclear industry seems to think it’s fair to ship nuclear waste to Russia and then forget about it. They think that keeping the waste away from the French public will protect their glossy image. Not as long as Greenpeace is around.

Greenpeace International 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Russia

A major uprate program is planned for the Leningrad power plant that should result in an extra 200 MWe of nuclear generating capacity. Three reactors at the power plant could benefit from a change to use uranium fuel at a higher level of enrichment. This will boost thermal power output, officials said, while and increasing safety and using less uranium.

Worlds Nuclear News 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 26 January 2010

25 January 2010

Cumbria

The Bishop of Carlisle has agreed to hold a ‘Nuclear Discussion Morning’ on Saturday February 6 at Carlisle Cathedral. It follows over 150 letters of concern at the newly enthroned Bishop’s pro-nuclear views. The letters were signed during a protest organised by Radiation Free Lakeland on the day of the Bishops enthronement.

Get Noticed Online 24th Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

Liam Fox MP was at Wraxall this weekend to be presented with a parish council report warning of the perils of overhead pylons.

Nailsea People 23rd Jan 2010 more >>

France

Greenpeace activists said Monday they were blocking a train transporting nuclear waste to the French port of Cherbourg from where it was to be shipped to Russia. Four activists who had chained themselves to the railway line near the harbour were removed early Monday morning by police but more activists were blocking the line at a different location, they said.

Yahoo 25th Jan 2010 more >>

India

India and South Korea will explore the possibilities of a civil nuclear pact and sign a clutch of accords in diverse areas, including IT and civilian space, when the leaders of the two countries meet in New Delhi for talks on Monday.

Asian Lite 24th Jan 2010 more >>

Climate

Economic growth is not compatible with climate change targets for rich countries, according to a new report out today. The New Economics Foundation warns that global economic expansion is not possible if the world is to restrict the temperature rise to 2 degrees – the EU’s agreed political objective. The NEF found that this would require unprecedented – and probably impossible – reductions in the carbon intensity of a growing economy. None of the models or variations it looked at could square the circle of global economic growth with climate safety.

Guardian 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Fuel Poverty

A combination of cold weather, high gas and electricity prices and mounting pressure on disposable incomes could see a substantial rise in the number of families falling into debt with energy companies, consumer groups are warning. The alert follows a report by the energy industry regulator, Ofgem, last week, which showed large numbers of people getting behind on their gas and electricity bills.

Independent 25th Jan 2010 more >>

The cold winter weather this year will deliver a £100 million boost to the profits of Britain’s Big Six energy companies, according to forecasts by City analysts.

Times 25th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 25 January 2010

24 January 2010

Supply Chain

Sheffield Forgemasters is closing in on a £170m financing package which will enable British manufacturers to supply new nuclear reactors built in the UK and overseas. The government, European Investment Bank and nuclear group Westinghouse have offered about £150m of the sum required to build a new 15,000-tonne press to make large forgings used in new reactors. The company, whose origins go back to the 1750s, is trying to raise the remaining £20m from other companies involved in the nuclear industry. About £65m in cheap loans has been offered by the government, whose efforts have been led by business secretary Lord Mandelson, but it is pressing for the remaining funds to be secured soon, otherwise it will find another use for the cash.

Observer 24th Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

A North Somerset MP has compared the consultation over the proposed new pylon route from Hinkley Point to being asked how one wants to executed.

BBC 23rd Jan 2010 more >>

Germany

The German government and executives responsible for nuclear power at Germany’s top four energy utility companies began their negotiations on a possible extension of the lifespans of the country’s nuclear power stations on Thursday, reported by Der Spiegel. The two older reactors planned to be closed down in the near future, Biblis A in state of Hesse and Neckarwestheim I in state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, will remain operating till the current government completes its general energy program, expected in October.

CRI English 24th Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 24 January 2010

23 January 2010

Generic Design Assessment

Nuclear giant Westinghouse has dropped engineer Rolls-Royce as its key advisor on UK nuclear safety as it struggles towards winning approval for its new reactors. Pennsylvania-based Westinghouse, which the British government sold to Japan’s Toshiba in 2006, has appointed London-listed Serco as its lead consultant after its UK ambitions fell into disarray. The American giant is engaged in a ferocious battle with French rival Areva for contracts to build nuclear reactors in Britain as the country gears up for a massive newbuild programme. Westinghouse has fallen well behind Areva’s European Pressurised Reactor in the vetting process. Kevin Allars, the director of new nuclear build design assessment at the HSE, yesterday told the Daily Mail that Westinghouse has recently been taking steps to raise its game, including appointing Serco as its consultant. But he admitted Westinghouse has been slow to provide the masses of information he needs to assess its design, meaning its AP1000 reactor is trailing in Areva’s wake

Daily Mail 23rd Jan 2010 more >>

Nuclear Subsidy

The UK’s National Audit Office said Friday it was too early to say whether the government’s disposal of its 36% stake in nuclear generator British Energy will mean a planned fleet of new nuclear reactors will be built on time and without public subsidies.

Platts 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

The British government will not use taxpayers’ money to subsidize the construction of new nuclear power plants, Philip Hunt, (right) minister of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change said Jan 21. In an online question and answer session with ‘The Guardian’ newspaper, Lord Hunt said the government had made it “absolutely clear” that the cost of new nuclear power plants must be met in full by the commercial companies themselves, including the cost of decommissioning and waste management.

Energy Collective 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Government spending watchdog says it is still not convinced new nuclear power stations will be built without public subsidies.

Ecologist 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Energy Business Review 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Radiation and Health

Although the government is apparently committed to building new nuclear reactors, a recent powerful study has indicated a serious health problem, in fact a possible show-stopper, over its nuclear proposals. In 2008, a major 4-year health study found large increases in infant cancers near all German nuclear power stations. The study had been confidently commissioned to show no such health problems, instead it revealed the opposite. The study (called KiKK, the German acronym for child leukaemias near nuclear reactors – Kinderkrebs in der Umgebung von KernKraftwerken) reported a 2.2-fold increase in leukaemia risks and a 1.6-fold increase in embryonal cancer risks among children under five living within five km of all German nuclear power stations.

CND 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

National Policy Statements

The Sustainable Development Commission said they were ‘very sceptical’ about the Government’s statement that it is ‘satisfied that effective arrangements had been made for nuclear waste’, in evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee.‘If we haven’t gone far enough down the line of actually constructing a process to deal with the legacy waste [waste from present and past nuclear programmes], should we be adding to the problem by commissioning new reactors,’ asked Greenleaf.

Ecologist 15th Jan 2010 more >>

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has been warned that the Government could face a judicial review unless its “fundamentally flawed” draft planning policies on major energy infrastructure are significantly changed. Friends of the Earth’s legal department has written to Mr Miliband raising a number of concerns about the Government’s draft Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs), which will set the basis for individual planning decisions on major energy projects by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) from March onwards.

Friends of the Earth Press Release 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Planning Resource 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Business Green 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Dungeness

Politicians in Kent are urging the government to reconsider its shortlist of sites for 10 nuclear power stations. Dungeness had been ruled out by ministers but Shepway District Council says the information used to make the decision was flawed. Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard says the area needs the plant because it will secure badly needed jobs.

BBC 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Hinkley

MAJOR concerns have been raised about National Grid’s plans to run power lines across Sedgemoor should two new reactors at Hinkley Point win planning permission. A recommendation, backed by Sedgemoor district councillors last week at a public meeting where the authority gave its formal response to the scheme, read: “The council has been severely hampered by a lack of co-operation in providing funding to allow full and detailed consideration of the issues. “The council will call upon the Secretary of State, National Grid and the Infrastructure Planning Commission to ensure a full and informed process is followed before any decisions are made.”

This is the West Country 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Choosing between pylon routes is like being asked to choose between hanging and beheading, Westminster heard. A quartet of MPs challenged a government junior minister on pylons through their constituencies.

This is Somerset 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Kirksanton

Millom School pupils were among more than 100 people who went to the start of the three-day Kirksanton power station public exhibition yesterday. Millom School headteacher Ian Smith says it is important the youngsters sit up and take notice as the nuclear plan will play an important role in their future.

NW Evening Mail 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

The event, which saw nearly 100 people attend in its first two hours, follows the nomination of farmland near Kirksanton in November as the possible future site of a nuclear plant. The first session of a three-day illustrated exhibition aimed to answer the main question on the 8,000 strong community’s lips – how will a nuclear power station affect me?

NW Evening Mail 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Plans to build three nuclear power stations in west Cumbria could jeopardise the future of the Lake District National Park, a report has claimed. The report, by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), supports a plan for a new reactor at Sellafield, but strongly opposes proposals for two others at Braystones, near Egremont, and Kirksanton, near Millom.

Carlisle News and Star 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Proliferation

Pakistan has quietly informed world powers that it cannot accept the start of global negotiations to halt production of nuclear bomb-making fissile material in the near future.

Reuters 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Iraq

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Guardian 23rd Jan 2010 more >>

India

It is a sobering thought. In 2006, according to the UN, India was the fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide (C02, or greenhouse gas) in the world. At that time, it was emitting 1.5m metric tons, or 5.3% world emissions. Today, India is the third largest polluter after China and the US. And yet, over 400 million Indians are not even connected to the electricity grid. That is over a third of the population of this country of over 1.1 billion inhabitants – more than the entire population of the United States. Bringing those people into the modern era is the right thing to do. By allowing them to use things we take for granted – lights, TVs, fridges and computers – we will alleviate vast suffering. But by doing this, while serving the ever-increasing needs of the rapidly growing urban middle class, India is creating a whole new environmental crisis all of its own. Today, India imports 70% of its oil, while 50% of electricity is provided by coal plants. Its creaking infrastructure can barely keep up with its current needs, let alone the vast expansion coming. For this reason, the government of Manmohan Singh has placed nuclear energy at the center of its political, economic and environmental policies. India has 4.7GW of power from 17 reactors, but it plans to increase that 100-fold, to 470GW of nuclear power by 2050. That would make it the largest nuclear energy producer in the world by a considerable margin. The largest nuclear power today, the US, produces just 101GW of nuclear energy.

Oil Price 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Disarmament

Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday an agreement will be reached soon on a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty with the US. Sergei Lavrov’s comments were Moscow’s strongest public statement yet on a deal.

FT 23rd Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 23 January 2010

22 January 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Spending watchdogs have cast doubt on the Government’s plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations without public subsidies. Ministers have pledged that taxpayers will not have to pay for the building and clean up costs of up to 11 new nuclear plants. However a report by the National Audit Office questioned whether energy firms will be willing to pay the full costs, raising the prospect of public subsidies. The report into the sale of British Energy to the French firm EDF for £4.4bn said the Government got a good price. But it points out that there was no condition on the sale that would ensure the new owners will build the next generation of nuclear plants. Also, if EDF cannot pay for all the clean up costs, the Government is still liable. Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said the sale of British Energy was designed to put the responsibility for a new generation of nuclear plants in private hands. But he said there was no guarantee that Government will not have to step in at some point to help pay for the massive building and clean up costs. Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem energy spokesman, said energy companies have been warning for some time that taxpayers will have to contribute. “The Government’s promises to build new nuclear power stations without public subsidy are virtually worthless when it’s already writing blank cheques to private energy firms,” he said.

Telegraph 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

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ITN 21st Jan 2010 more >>

BRITISH taxpayers may have to foot the bill for a new generation of nuclear power stations that will be run for profit by a foreign firm. Billions of pounds of public cash could be needed to build the plants and put old ones out of action, an official report warned yesterday. French-owned EDF bought the Government’s stake in British Energy last year. But ministers did not seek binding guarantees that EDF would fund new nuclear stations itself, the National Audit Office spending watchdog said.

Daily Express 2nd Jan 2010 more >>

Waste Transport

Under a cloak of heavy security, 14 tonnes of vitrified highly radioactive waste was delivered to Barrow’s Ramsden Dock today by rail from Sellafield and loaded onto the nuclear cargo ship Pacific Sandpiper. The shipment is due to leave Barrow on the high tide early tomorrow morning, Thursday 21st January.

CORE Press Release 20th Jan 2010 more >>

THE first shipment of highly radioactive nuclear waste to leave Barrow Docks was due to set sail for Japan in the early hours of this morning. The reprocessed fuel from Sellafield is expected to be the first of around 17 shipments which will secure jobs at the dock in the decade to come.

NW Evening Mail 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Planning

Friends of the Earth has threatened to launch a legal challenge against the government over its “fundamentally flawed” plans to approve hundreds of new nuclear reactors, power plants, wind farms, electricity pylons and pipelines. The group has written to energy secretary Ed Miliband warning him that government planning statements issued in November breach environmental regulations and had not followed proper consultation. Friends of the Earth said it was also supported by conservation groups, the WWF and RSPB. The energy industry and ministers have been braced for a legal challenge for months, particularly over plans to build as many as 10 new nuclear reactors. Friends of the Earth said it believed the statements, which new planning commission the IPC will use to block or approve applications, would result in Britain “locking-in” to a high-carbon energy infrastructure. It said the IPC should have to directly take into account the carbon emissions resulting from individual applications.

Guardian 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

Supply Chain

Sheffield Forgemasters will join fellow industry leaders and expert advisors at a national conference on nuclear power provision. As a supplier of specialist safety-critical components to the global nuclear power market, Forgemasters’ chief executive Graham Honeyman is among speakers at the second UK Nuclear New Build Conference, which will tackle legal, regulatory and contractual issues for the UK supply chain.

Machinery 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Oldbury

NUCLEAR bosses in Oldbury have said the site’s focus is now turning to decommissioning. Despite extending the nuclear power station’s operations until next year those in charge have confirmed that there are no intentions to generate power beyond the current deadline.

Gloucestershire Gazette 21st Jan 2010 more >>

A GOVERNMENT exhibition is to be held in Thornbury next month outlining plans for the future of nuclear power. The three-day exhibition and public discussion are part of the consultation on the draft National Policy Statement for Energy Infrastructure and the draft Nuclear National Policy Statement. Representatives from the Department for Energy and Climate Change will be on hand discussing the government’s proposal to build a new nuclear power station at Oldbury.

Gloucestershire Gazette 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Thornbury People 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Cumbria

VILLAGERS have stepped up their campaign against plans to build a nuclear power station ahead of today’s public consultation.

NW Evening Mail 21st Jan 2010 more >>

EMERGENCY planners have expressed concern Haverigg could lose one of its biggest employers if a nuclear power station is given the go-ahead. The planners, including police, Sellafield specialists and community leaders met this week to consider what impact new nuclear power stations might have on the “potentially suitable” sites at Kirksanton, near Millom, Braystones, near Egremont, and Sellafield. The chairman of the West Cumbria Stakeholders emergency planning sub committee, David Moore, from Seascale, said: “What emerged is that there are serious emergency planning issues for Braystones and Kirksanton, but no real problems at Sellafield and the scenario we looked at was the building of three reactors – so in these terms Sellafield is looking the preferred site for any new build.”

NW Evening News 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Spain

A small Spanish town council on Thursday voted to house a long-delayed national nuclear waste dump, the only local authority to do so with the Jan. 31 deadline for bids looming, state radio said. The ruling Popular Party in Yebra, 80 km (50 miles) east of Madrid, defeated the Socialist Party group by five votes to two after a heated debate.

World Bulletin 21st Jan 2010 more >>

South Korea

The South Korean nuclear industry, active in its home market for more than three decades, has at last moved on to the world stage. After years of frustration in its ambition to increase nuclear exports, South Korea last month beat US, French and Japanese companies in a hotly contested $20bn deal in the United Arab Emirates. Seoul predicts the deal will open the floodgates and make it the supplier of choice across the developing world. It is forecasting it will sell 80 reactors by 2030, earning some $400bn.

FT 22nd Jan 2010 more >>

The Egyptian government has asked South Korea to help train Egyptian nuclear energy technicians, according to the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The state-led aid agency said that training could begin within a year.

World Nuclear News 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Iran

Iran’s first nuclear power plant will be operating by mid-2010, Iranian and Russian officials say. The Bushehr plant was begun in 1974 and abandoned five years later. Russia took over building work in the 1990s, but it has been beset with delays.

BBC 21st Jan 2010 more >>

As Iran balks at a confidence-building proposal, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain – are increasingly weighing sanctions.

Telegraph 21st Jan 2010 more >>

Posted: 22 January 2010