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 …

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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 …

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29 January 2010


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 …

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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 …

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27 January 2010


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.

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Letter from Dr Carl Iwan Clowes: THE …

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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 …

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25 January 2010


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.

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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