News June 2010

30 June 2010

New Nukes

The Environment Agency thinks both of the potential new designs of nuclear plant vying to replace the UK’s aging fleet – Westinghouse’s AP1000 and EDF/Areva’s UK EPR – could be accepted under the Generic Design Assessment. The agency said a Statement of Design Acceptability could be issued but wants further work undertaken on: decommissioning arrangements; filtration and ventilation systems; disposability of spent fuel; and monitoring of discharges and disposals of radioactive waste.

Utility Week 29th June 2010 more

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29 June 2010

New Nukes

The Environment Agency has released detailed assessments of two new nuclear power station designs, and is inviting all interested parties to comment. There are 10 sites in England and Wales potentially suitable for the next generation of new nuclear power stations. The Environment Agency, working closely with the Health and Safety Executive, has conducted assessments of the acceptability of two new nuclear power station designs in a process called Generic Design Assessment. This process was designed to ensure that …

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28 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

There is a clear need for a cap on emissions of CO2 that decreases year-by-year at levels that will minimise the risk of dangerous climate change. Such a cap will certainly raise the price of emissions well above the levels currently resulting from such cap-and-trade schemes as the EU Emissions Trading System. Raising the price of CO2 emissions in that way is in accordance with the principle that the polluter should pay and it should not be considered to …

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27 June 2010

Hinkley

HINKLEY Point A nuclear power station near Bridgwater has achieved a major milestone in its decommissioning programme – by using technology similar to an industrial car wash. The site has decontaminated the last of its huge inventory of nearly 1800 ‘skips’ that were used during generation to store spent fuel elements prior to their despatch to Sellafield.

This is the West Country 26th June 2010 more >>

Trident

Terry Jones: George Osborne also didn’t mention Trident. Some people say: “What’s the …

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26 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne has called for a “meaningful price” to be placed on carbon as part of the effort to stimulate low carbon investment. In an address to the UK Energy Summit, Mr Huhne said that the UK has “enormous potential” in terms of renewable energy generation, but barriers must first be removed and incentives put in place.

Low Carbon Economy 25th June 2010 more >>

Supply Chain

Sheffield Forgemasters is continuing its drive to become …

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25 June 2010

New Nukes

Britain’s lights will stay on even without new nuclear power plants replacing the aging reactors which are set to close in the next few years, energy secretary Chris Huhne said on Thursday. Reiterating that the government will not block new nuclear builds, Huhne said that nuclear’s contribution to power generation could fall below the current 20 percent level with no risk of an energy gap if there was sufficient investment in other sources.

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24 June 2010

Generic Design Assessment

The latest progress report from UK nuclear safety regulators has made the best-case completion of the Generic Design Assessment process seem unlikely. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said detailed examination of the Areva EPR and Westinghouse AP1000 was well underway and making reasonable progress with a rapidly increasing workrate. However, it is facing a deadline of June 2011 when it is meant to issue the most meaningful design acceptance certificates that it can for the reactors. While …

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23 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

Letter David Lowry: Nick Clegg’s justification – that there simply isn’t the money – for cancelling the £80 million soft loan to Sheffield Forgemasters to retool so it can manufacture major parts for new nuclear reactors is “pathetic.” But the decision, in my judgement, was correct. It was also consistent with both the policy of the coalition Con-Dem government and the commercial nuclear industry. A better and more accurate justification was given on June 17 by Lib Dem Chief …

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22 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Environmental campaigners have accused the government of preparing to allow a multimillion-pound “handout” to firms building nuclear reactors. Greenpeace said the plans went against assurances given by ministers that the nuclear industry would not receive any handouts to help build new nuclear power stations. A study commissioned by Greenpeace claimed that firms would not be liable for dealing with the waste from new reactors, leaving the taxpayer with bills running into billions of pounds.

Morning Star 21st June 2010

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21 June 2010

Nuclear Subsidies

Environmental campaigners have accused the Government of preparing to allow a multi-million pound “handout” to firms building nuclear reactors. Greenpeace said the move went against assurances given by ministers that the nuclear industry would not receive handouts to help build new nuclear power stations. A study commissioned by the group claimed that firms would not be liable for dealing with the waste from new reactors, leaving the taxpayer with bills running into billions. The report, written by Ian Jackson, …

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