News July 2010

31 July 2010

Chernobyl

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.

BBC 31st July 2010 more >>

EDF

EDF said building …

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30 July 2010

Low Level Waste

A new nuclear waste dump which is expected to bring £1.5 million a year into the Cumbrian economy is due to open today. Vault 9, at the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) at Drigg in west Cumbria, will store low-level radioactive waste. The site was due to be officially opened by Copeland mayor Mike McVeigh, Cumbria County Council chairman Bert Richardson, and the chairman of Drigg and Carleton parish council this morning.

Cumberland News 29th July 2010

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29 July 2010

Energy Policy

Energy secretary Chris Huhne delivered the first of what are to be annual energy statements to parliament today, committing the government to overhauling the energy industry so as to provide affordable, secure, low-carbon energy. The statement sketched out the government’s intention to reduce energy demand from domestic premises, promote renewable technologies, support the carbon price, overhaul electricity pricing incentives and twist the arm of the private sector to stump up for new nuclear facilities. Huhne also said the government …

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28 July 2010

New Nukes

Letter from Adam Smith Institute: Energy secretary Chris Huhne’s proposal to end subsidies for nuclear energy generation is hugely inconsistent. Every other form of non-fossil fuel generation gets massive subsidies, so why single out nuclear? The reason, of course, is that nuclear subsidies would come out of taxation. The subsidies paid to wind, hydroelectric and solar energy generation are paid directly by householders, as the Renewables Obligation, which adds almost £300 a year to their energy bills. It is …

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27 July 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

Lord Mandelson, the former business secretary, todayclaimed the government had misled parliament after it claimed there had been no Treasury support for an 80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. He was speaking alongside the shadow business secretary, Pat McFadden, after the two men had spent more than an hour looking at papers in the business department relating to the planned Forgemasters loan. The loan was cancelled by the government in what is seen as a blow to a strategic UK …

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26 July 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Huhne said in an interview with Sky News today that wind energy deserves government aid because the industry is in its infancy, while nuclear power has been well established over decades. The Dogger Bank in the north east of England, off the North Sea, was an area for development for offshore wind turbines, he said.

Bloomberg 25th July 2010 more >>

There’s something really rather strange about Chris Huhne’s announcement that there will be no state subsidies for nuclear …

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25 July 2010

New nukes

Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, reveals in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph today that he plans a radical expansion of Britain’s existing stock of wind turbines. Despite the distress that their presence can cause, he advocates a substantial increase in the number of wind farms, in particular at the off-shore location of Dogger Bandonyk in the North Sea. At the same time, he has made clear that there will be no government subsidies for new nuclear power stations.

Telegraph

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24 July 2010

Cumbria

THE ruling on which Copeland sites will be chosen for nuclear new-build has been put back. Sellafield, Braystones and Kirksanton are all earmarked for reactors. People living around the “potentially suitable” sites were expecting to hear one way or the other by the end of this month, when MPs start their summer break. But the change of government has put the final selection by Parliament back another nine months.

NW Evening Mail 23rd July 2010 more >>

Oldbury

CAMPAIGNERS against plans …

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23 July 2010

New Nukes

A GROUP of MPs has called for government to suspend all plans for new nuclear build and launch an investigation in the need for the energy source. They claim if new nuclear power stations are built they will not come into operation before 2019 and therefore cannot assist with plugging the energy gap which Ofgem have said may happen as soon as 2015. Labour MP for the Gower Martin Caton, has tabled a Commons petition, calling for Energy secretary …

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22 July 2010

New Nukes

THE ruling on which Copeland sites will be chosen for nuclear new-build has been put back. Sellafield, Braystones and Kirksanton are all earmarked for reactors. People living around the “potentially suitable” sites were expecting to hear one way or the other by the end of this month, when MPs start their summer break. But the change of government has put the final selection by Parliament back another nine months or so. But the Department of Energy and Climate change …

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