News October 2010

31 October 2010

Radwaste

Letter from Marianne Birkby: On November 3, Allerdale Borough Council will be considering ‘withdrawing an expression of interest in geological disposal’ following a motion by Councillor Joe Sandwith. Contrary to the media hype, Cumbria has not ‘volunteered’. Cumbria county councillors were not allowed to vote on geological disposal. Less than five people in the county council cabinet took the decision to ‘express an interest’. We urge Allerdale Borough Council to support Councillor Sandwith’s motion to withdraw. Many groups in Cumbria, …

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30 October 2010

New Nukes

Various letters: Neither wood-burning nor nuclear power generation is as terrible as your correspondents aver (letters, 21 and 27 October). But both massively underestimate the impact of climate change, by far humanity’s greatest man-made threat. To take our eye off that ball for the sake of well-meaning concerns over carcinogens in woodsmoke or the “dangers” of nuclear waste is to fiddle with purist hobby-horses while civilisation burns.

Independent 29th Oct 2010 more >>

KPMG: The need for infrastructure development …

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29 October 2010

Radwaste

Government today welcomed delivery of an initial geological report for West Cumbria. The study looked at the Copeland and Allerdale areas, where a local Partnership is talking to Government about the siting process for a deep geological disposal facility for nuclear waste. The screening does not show where a facility would eventually be located, but is simply intended to avoid unnecessary work in areas which are clearly unsuitable based on high level geological exclusion criteria.

DECC 28th Oct 2010

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28 October 2010

New Nukes

In a new report out today, Nuclear Lessons Learned, the engineering alliance outlines key factors that could reduce risks and delays for the UK industry, which has lost much of its experience and knowledge in recent years. The alliance brings together UK engineering institutions and bodies that represent the country’s 450,000 engineers, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Royal Academy of Engineering. With the possibility of eight new power stations to be built over …

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27 October 2010

Radwaste

The European Commission will promote underground storage as the safest option for storing nuclear waste, according to a leaked proposal which has already irked environmentalists.

The draft directive seeks to set up an EU framework for managing used fuel and radioactive waste which is generated by nuclear power plants but also medicine and industry, among others. The proposal, seen by EurActiv, will be unveiled by EU Energy Commissioner G nther Oettinger next Wednesday (3 November). The problem should be addressed …

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26 October 2010

Nuclear Subsidy

A new assessment of future scenarios that limit the extent of global warming warns that unless current imbalances in R&D portfolios for the development of new, efficient, and clean energy technologies are redressed, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are unlikely to be met, or met only at considerable costs. The study identifies energy efficiency as the single most important option for achieving significant and long-term reductions in GHG emissions, accounting for up to 50 percent of the reduction …

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25 October 2010

New Nukes

Britain’s “big six” energy companies will this week warn Chris Huhne, secretary of state for energy, that the government’s proposed “floor price” for carbon emission permits is not enough of an incentive for them to invest in new nuclear power stations. Executives from the companies, including Centrica, EDF Energy and Scottish Power, now owned by Iberdrola, are due to make their views clear at a dinner with Mr Huhne on Wednesday. The industry has reached a consensus position with …

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24 October 2010

Oldbury

AFTER four decades Oldbury Power Station has taken its last ever delivery of nuclear fuel. The fuel was delivered last week from Springfields, near Preston, and marks a significant milestone in the site’s lifecycle. In eight months time it is expected that Oldbury Power Station will stop generating power. Both Reactor One and Two are due to stop in June 2011, however, bosses at the site think that enough fuel will be left to fuel one reactor past the deadline …

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23 October 2010

National Policy Statements

Within EN-6, consultees were asked whether they agreed that of eleven sites nominated as potential new nuclear power stations, ten were suitable and one (Dungeness) was not. The numbers of responses on each site were interesting: Kirksanton far outweighed all the others, while the other site that was dropped in this new consultation round (Braystones) did not get that many responses. The government has issued two response documents – one for the response the the public consultation …

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22 October 2010

New Nukes

Greenpeace said the economics of nuclear power did not add up and urged the Lib Dems to back renewables instead. And Friends of the Earth warned that not ruling out a cap on the level of liability costs for companies in the case of a nuclear accident was a subsidy by another name. The announcements on nuclear were welcomed by business and unions. The Nuclear Industry Association said the Government statement added clarity to the future of new nuclear …

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