The largest wildlife census of its kind conducted in Chernobyl has revealed that mammals are declining in the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant. The study aimed to establish the most reliable way to measure the impact on wildlife of contamination in the zone. It was based on almost four years of counting and studying animals there. The scientists say that birds provide the best “quantitative measure” of these impacts.
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EDF said building its Flamanville EPR model in France would cost more and is two years behind schedule.
Bloomberg 30th July 2010 more >>
Around 170,000 miles of electrical network covering London, the South East and eastern England has been sold by France’s EDF in a deal worth £5.8 billion. The UK’s biggest electricity network is to be acquired by infrastructure fund Cheung Kong, which is controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and is the current owner of UK distribution firm Northern Gas Networks. The deal price, which includes debt, is higher than expected after Cheung Kong and its partner Hong Kong Electric Holdings reportedly outbid funds such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Australia’s Macquarie.
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Low Level Waste
BRITAIN would have run out of space to put radioactive material but for a timely £22 million facility in Copeland. Vault 9, a huge new storage and disposal store on the outskirts of Drigg village, has come to the nation’s rescue for storing low levels of materials contaminated by radioactivity.
Whitehaven News 29th July 2010 more >>
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Letter: I do not think changing terms for accidents will make the public feel safer. What we need are answers for people living in Torpoint, Camels Head, Devonport and St Budeaux. How long will it take to deliver potassium iodate tablets to the Barne Barton estate, for example? How many tablets will be given out per household? In the event of an evacuation, how long will it take? The only way out of the estate is a narrow railway bridge to St Budeaux Square which will probably be packed. On one occasion, I believe it took 14 days to notify the council, as the lead authority for the Devonport Off-Lite Emergency Plan.
Plymouth Herald 31st July 2010 more >>
Sheffield Forgemasters welcomed a recent statement from Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, which pledged support to the company following the cancellation in June of an £80 million ($118 million) government loan. Forgemasters would have used the loan towards the £140 million ($207 million) cost of installing a 15,000 tonne press capable of handling 500-600 tonne ingots and producing the largest reactor pressure vessels. Cable said that the government would be willing to look carefully at future proposals when the availability of public funds becomes clearer following the spending review. The company said that it anticipates reviewing the project in early 2011.
World Nuclear News 30th July 2010 more >>
The Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) public affairs supremo is leaving the lobby group after seven years for a new job in the energy sector. Simon James, a three-time Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and well-known face on the lobbying circuit, is moving to ESBI, the ambitious international arm of the Irish Republic’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB) as its first dedicated UK lobbyist.
Public Affairs 30th July 2010 more >>
Only 28 per cent of the cash spent on nuclear activities in Cumbria stays in the county, according to a leading councillor.
Tim Knowles, portfolio holder for the economy on Cumbria County Council, said the county must do better. Mr Knowles was speaking at the Keeping the Nuclear Pound in Cumbria event at Burnetts Solicitors energy coast office. He told delegates that just £183 million of the nuclear spend in Cumbria was retained in the county in 2007/08.
Cumberland News 30th July 2010 more >>
It used to be denounced by environmentalists as the world’s nuclear dustbin, but workers at Dounreay appear to be joining their green ranks. Those who used to be concerned with fast neutrons and nuclear reprocessing may not quite yet be hugging trees, but they are trying to save a threatened insect. Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney and the Western Isles are home to one of rarest of the bumblebee species, the Great Yellow, which is found nowhere else in the country.
Herald 30th July 2010 more >>
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The US Government projection of 70,000 jobs from nuclear power pales in comparison with renewables. If the federal government established a standard requiring utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025, it would create 297,000 new jobs, according to a 2009 analysis by my organization, the Union of Concerned Scientists. Echoing our analysis, a February 2010 study by Navigant Consulting found that a 25 percent by 2025 standard would create 274,000 jobs. Energy efficiency programs also would produce more jobs. A 2009 study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that a national standard requiring utilities to institute programs reducing electricity demand by 15 percent and natural gas demand by 10 percent would generate more than 220,000 jobs by 2020.
Green Tech Media 29th July 2010 more >>
Of the 26 new reactor applications under current NRC scrutiny, 14 are for Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 pressurized water reactor. What sets the reactor apart is its modular design and passive safety system: Instead of relying on an operator or electronic feedback to shut down the reactor should it overheat, it employs the natural forces of gravity, convection and air circulation. It remains to be seen whether the AP1000 will herald nuclear’s next generation, especially because the reactor is on its 18th design revision and a couple of key safety questions remain unresolved. The first safety concern arose four years ago over the durability of the reactor’s shield building. The structure is the outermost layer of defense in a nuclear reactor and provides protection against severe external events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornado-generated projectiles and airplane collisions. In the AP1000’s case it also supports a very large water tank (one of the passive safety measures). A second safety issue recently came to fore. Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive and chief engineer of Fairewinds Associates, an energy consulting company, stepped forward to spotlight what he sees as a possible fatal flaw in the AP1000’s design: the separation of the concrete shield building from the steel containment vessel.
Scientific American 29th July 2010 more >>
Recently there’s been much talk of a nuclear renaissance in the U.S. And that’s all it is right now: talk. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is acting. More than 50 new nuclear plants are under construction around the world, including 24 in China alone. In the U.S. is just one.
Bloomberg Business Week 30th July 2010 more >>
The United States and India signed an agreement Friday enabling the Asian power to reprocess American nuclear material, a key requirement under their landmark atomic energy pact. So far, Washington has reprocessing deals only with European Union members and Japan. The arrangement with India reflects President Barack Obama’s “strong commitment to building successfully on the landmark US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative and is a prerequisite for US nuclear fuel suppliers to conduct business with India,” a statement from the State Department said.
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The Prime Minister used a so-called ‘Davos-style’ forum in front of hundreds of UK and Indian businessmen to spell out exactly how the two countries can forge closer business links. In a high-profile finale to the Coalition Government’s three-day trade and political mission to India, Mr Cameron shared the stage with George Osborne, the Chancellor, Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, and three of India’s senior finance ministers. Former PR man Cameron certainly had his marketing cap on. In what he admitted was a “two-minute advertisement” for the UK he listed why Indian companies should invest in the country. “We have some of the best universities in the world, we have one of the strongest science bases in the world, we have got excellent civil nuclear power, we are a very strong defence industry, and we have a strong financial, insurance and banking services industry. These are things we can share with you.”
Telegraph 30th July 2010 more >>
British minister for universities and science David Willetts on Wednesday said the United Kingdom and India will jointly work on a civilian nuclear deal and Brtain would help India set up 14 world class universities in the country. Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a panel discussion at IIT-Madras, Mr Willets said the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK and India’s Department of Atomic Energy will work on five new projects in civil nuclear energy, including in the areas of plant safety and nuclear waste management.
Deccan Chronicle 28th July 2010 more >>
India and United Kingdom (UK) have agreed to enhance cooperation in civil nuclear, renewable energy, defense, education, science and research sector. This was declared in a joint Indo-UK press statement in New Delhi on July 29, 2010. The British Premiere David Cameron was on a three day state visit to India from July 27-29.
Day After (India) 29th July 2010 more >>
A Canadian court has sentenced a Toronto resident to over four years in prison for violating a United Nations resolution by attempting to export nuclear-related goods to Iran.
BBC 30th July 2010 more >>
In some places in the U.S. today, solar photovoltaic, PV, technology the iconic glass panels being deployed on home and business rooftops already allows users to beat what their local utility charges for electricity generated from coal-fired power plants.
Canadian National Broadcasting Corporation 28th July 2010 more >>
Prime Minister David Cameron gave his backing to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in a dispute with Defense Secretary Liam Fox over how to fund a replacement of Britain’s Trident nuclear-missile system.
Bloomberg 30th July 2010 more >>
Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has fuelled the Cabinet row over the Trident weapon system by warning of a “new nuclear arms race” with Iran.
Telegraph 31st July 2010 more >>
Evening Standard 30th July 2010 more >>
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne rejected exempting Britain’s Trident nuclear- weapons system from budget cuts, revealing a split with Defense Secretary Liam Fox.
Bloomberg 29th July 2010 more >>
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Daily Mail 30th July 2010 more >>
An international exhibition documenting the impact of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki will open in London on Monday (2nd August). Transported from Japan and on display in London for the first time, the exhibition includes artefacts recovered from the wreckage and the rare opportunity to hear first hand from one of the remaining survivors of the Hiroshima bomb.
CND Press Release 29th July 2010 more >>
A DECISION to ban MPs asking questions about nuclear test veterans in the House of Commons has been described as ‘outrageous’.
Burton Mail 30th July 2010 more >>