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, representing thousands of people, have already publicly expressed opposition to the geological disposal of high level nuclear wastes in Cumbria which would include the “high burn up” waste from new build. The more genuinely informed people become about the consequences of geological disposal the more likely the expression of opposition.

Cumberland News 29th Oct 2010 more >>

HUNDREDS of protesters held a demonstration at the opening of a public inquiry into plans for a radioactive waste dump. The hearing into the King’s Cliffe plans is being seen as a test case, after the Government changed rules to allow low level radioactive waste to be disposed of at local landfill sites. At the opening on Tuesday, at Corby’s Holiday Inn, there were protesters from King’s Cliffe, Oundle, Duddington, Bulwick, Apethorpe, Laxton and Peterborough. Clare Langan of protest group Waste Watchers said afterwards: “It was a fantastic turnout. It just goes to show the strength of feeling locally for the issue. There was a good spread of villages represented.” In his opening statement to inquiry inspector Ken Smith, Chris Leuchars of Waste Watchers said: “I would like to introduce you to some of the young people I am speaking up for. Look at them carefully, for they are the reason we are here. All of them are those who are going to be affected by decisions made as a result of these deliberations.” The inquiry is being held after Northamptonshire County Council refused planning permission for Augean, a specialist waste management company, to use part of its King’s Cliffe site for low level radioactive waste. Mr Leuchars said: “There is an intrinsic and widespread fear of radioactive material within the population. There is also an intrinsic distrust of private companies dealing with dangerous materials who are often perceived as putting a desire for profit above concerns for safety.”

Rutland & Stamford Mercury 30th Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

THE possible dangers and benefits of a new nuclear power station just 15 miles from the South Wales coast will be thrashed out at a public debate this week. The planned development at Hinkley Point, in Somerset, has sparked concerns about the impact it could have on South Wales. Representatives of EDF are expected to attend a meeting of the Vale council’s economy and environment scrutiny committee tomorrow. Opponents of the scheme are also expected to attend the meeting, which will be open to the public. The debate is the result of a request by Barry councillor Rob Curtis.

South Wales Echo 30th Oct 2010 more >>

Wylfa

THE power giant behind Wylfa B will launch a series of exhibitions across Anglesey and North Wales. Horizon Nuclear Power will set out its latest plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.The exhibitions will outline the studies conducted in the past 12 months, give people the chance to ask questions about the project and discuss the next steps.

Daily Post 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Economics

Reactor construction costs are rising at high rates in many countries, certainly at “double digit” rates, as high as 15 percent per year since 2008, in the USA, Europe, China, India, and the Middle East. The explanation offered for this by the nuclear industry is “rising raw material costs”, and in some cases “more sophisticated designs”, for example safety features, ability to resist wide-body airplane crashes (in the case of French EPRs), more efficient utilisation of uranium, reduced cooling water needs, and so on. This can be compared with industry marketing claims of falling unit costs due to bigger reactors,, so-called modular design, industry standardized components – and investor enthusiasm.

Market Oracle 30th Oct 2010 more >>

Test Veterans

Department of Justice pays compensation to wife of British airman who witnessed US tests after Ministry of Defence had refused to accept radiation led to his fatal throat cancer.

Observer 31st Oct 2010 more >>

Coulport

Private companies led by the controversial US arms giant, Lockheed Martin, are bidding to take over the running of Britain’s top-secret nuclear bomb base on the Clyde, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport on Loch Long, managed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) since the 1960s, is likely to be privatised in the next few months to try to save money. The heavily-guarded base is responsible for looking after the UK nuclear stockpile of more than 200 Trident warheads, and arming the four submarines that carry them. But the plan has already been greeted by a chorus of angry protests from trades unions, politicians and anti-nuclear groups which fear for public safety, jobs, costs and the independence of the UK’s nuclear weapons from the US. Questions have also been raised about the management record of Lockheed Martin.

Sunday Herald 31st Oct 2010 more >>

Ever since this country introduced its independent nuclear deterrent in 1952, it has been presented as the jewel in the crown of the nation’s defences. Although the submarine-borne delivery system was developed in conjunction with the US – currently the Trident missile – the warheads were originally designed and manufactured by the UK’s Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and its successor, the Atomic Weapons Establishment. In that way the UK kept up the notion that it was an independent nuclear power and this in turn was an important factor in retaining the country’s global position, not least its role as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. In a world in which perception is often as important as reality, that seemed to matter.

Sunday Herald 31st Oct 2010 more >>

Devonport

Anti-nuclear campaigners from as far as Switzerland have been arriving in Plymouth this weekend for a non-violent and peaceful blockade of Devonport Dockyard beginning at 6am on Monday (1 November) called by the Plymouth-based Trident Ploughshares group, The Tamarians.

Independent Catholic News 31st Oct 2010 more >>

Renewables

ALEX Salmond will this week announce a major training initiative to solve a looming skills crisis in Scotland’s renewable energy sector. The government is counting on thousands of workers from the offshore oil and gas industry retraining to work in green energy but experts warn that few universities and higher education colleges north of the Border provide the necessary courses.

Scotland on Sunday 31st Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 31 October 2010

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 is one of the great global challenges of our time. In fact there is probably no bigger question for public policy worldwide.

BBC 29th Oct 2010 more >>

A study by engineering alliance Engineering the Future (EtF) has brought together lessons learnt from past and current nuclear projects to help ensure the success of the future UK nuclear new build programme, given the green light by government last week.

Construction Index 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Emergency Planning

Large Associates has reviewed information obtained view Freedom of Information Requests relating to the Berthing of nuclear powered submarines in Southampton.

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FOI disclosed information.

Large Associates October 2010 more >>

Radwaste

A NUMBER of West Cumbrian sites have been deemed ‘unsuitable’ for a future disposal facility for nuclear waste.

The report, published yesterday, does not show where a facility would eventually be located, but has been produced to avoid unnecessary work in areas which are clearly unsuitable based on high-level geological exclusion criteria.

NW Evening Mail 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Campaigners and scientists express concern over the inclusion of a site near Sellafield in latest list of locations considered for deep underground disposal of nuclear waste. The UK government is considering disposing nuclear waste in a site previously rejected because of concerns over the contamination of water supplies, The Ecologist has learnt. ‘It raises questions about the integrity of the whole process if areas that were previously rejected are now back under consideration,’ said Greenpeace nuclear campaigner Jean McSorley. She said the nuclear industry claims knowledge has improved since the mid-1990s and that engineers can now overcome the previous concerns, ‘‘‘what nature can’t provide with the geology, we can engineer round it’’, is what nuclear engineers say,’ explained McSorley. In a letter to a local Cumbrian newspaper, Professor David Smythe, of University of Glasgow, who worked for Nirex, said the planning inquiry had ‘effectively ruled out the whole of West Cumbria as a suitable location for nuclear waste disposal’. He said fears of groundwater contamination were obvious and that the BGS survey was ‘irrelevant’.

Ecologist 29th Oct 2010 more >>

A study conducted by the British Geological Survey ruled out a tract of land alongside the coast, ranging from St Bees Head to Maryport.

Top News 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Wales

Letter from NFLA Wales Forum: We read with real concern the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy to put forward Wylfa in Anglesey as a new nuclear reactor site while on the same day ditching any real hope of the Severn Tidal Barrage scheme coming to fruition (“’Real cost’ of barrage is too high at £34bn”, Oct 19) . This sends a very negative message to the people of Wales. Despite the Welsh Energy Secretary calling for a public inquiry on “justifying” new nuclear reactors, she, like many other groups, has been ignored as economic benefits seemingly matter much more than health and safety concerns.

Western Mail 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Wylfa

Horizon Nuclear Power has announced it will host a series of exhibitions across Anglesey and North Wales in November, setting out its latest plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

Anglesey Council 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

It is now exactly one year since Save Our Valley was set up by people living in Backwell, Nailsea and Wraxall to fight plans by the National Grid to build high voltage power lines around our town. But with the coalition government announcing the go-ahead for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley one-way or another the energy has to get from Bridgwater to the sub-station at Avonmouth.

Nailsea People 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Capenhurst

The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is considering transferring management and operation of its Capenhurst operations to Urenco, which already owns and operates a centrifuge uranium enrichment plant on part of the site. The Capenhurst site is currently split into two parts. One part – a former diffusion uranium enrichment plant that shut down in 1982 – is owned by the NDA and operated by contractor Sellafield Ltd. While most of the plant has now been decommissioned, uranic material (primarily depleted uranium and uranium hexafluoride) is expected to be stored on the site until 2120. The other part of the Capenhurst site comprises Urenco’s operating 1.1 million SWU per year enrichment plant.

World Nuclear News 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Uranium

Russias largest steelmaker has made a bid for Berkeley Resources, one of Western Europes few uranium miners.

The company, listed in London and Sydney, said yesterday that it had received an approach from Severstal that would value it at about A$304 million (186 million). Severstal is seeking to diversify its steel business and is understood to have targeted several miners. It wants to take advantage of rising demand for nuclear power. Berkeley has a number of exploration and development projects in Spain, with total resources estimated at more than 37 tonnes of uranium.

Times 30th Oct 2010 more >>

India

World’s largest nuclear park is planned in Jaitapur, in Ratnagiri district on the coast of southern Maharashtra. The park would comprise up to six large nuclear reactors bought from the French nuclear giant- Areva. In addition to the inherent hazards of nuclear power, the project threatens the livelihoods of about 10 000 farmers and fishermen and their families. Today, more than a thousand local people have taken action against the project, voluntarily risking lengthy arrest and further legal consequences. The message is clear – they want their land and their fisheries, not paltry compensation offered by the nuclear company. 600 people have already been loaded into police buses and hauled into jails. About 700 more still continue the peaceful protest, risking arrest. A joint report by Greenpeace and European solar panel manufacturers showed earlier this week that solar power can deliver electricity at a competitive cost by 2015. This is 3 years before the first planned reactor could be in operation in Jaitapur. Wind power and biomass can do that already now. There is no need to import dangerous and destructive nuclear reactors.

Greenpeace India 29th Oct 2010 more >>

MADBAN VILLAGE (RATNAGIRI): This tiny village took on the might of the state on Friday and by the evening, victory clearly belonged to it. Despite preventive arrests, prohibitory orders and road blocks more than 3000 villagers’ courted arrests, as part of their ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation. By 6 pm, the police requested the leaders of the agitation to stop the flow of people. The agitation was primarily in response to the government claim that the villagers were quiet and only a handful of outsiders were leading the agitation against the proposed 10000 MW nuclear power project in the village.

Times of India 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has completed into a memorandum of understanding with government owned finance company Power Finance Corporation (PFC) to “facilitate NPCIL’s large capacity addition program.” Under the 28 October agreement PFC intends to provide a combination of debt financing, equity financing and consultancy services to NPCIL, India’s sole nuclear operator. Formed in 1985, NPCIL manages the country’s nuclear fleet of 19 reactors with a generating capacity of 4560 MWe. This is expected to reach 9580 MWe by 2017 as reactors are brought on line and the company’s vision is for 20,000 MWe by 2020, and 60,000 MWe by 2032 based mainly on imports.

World Nuclear News 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Iran

Iran is ready to hold its first talks with world powers in more than a year about its disputed nuclear programme at any time after 10 November, Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said yesterday.

Independent 30th Oct 2010 more >>

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Telegraph 30th Oct 2010 more >>

BBC 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Germany

Germany’s nuclear power plants were assured extra operation by a vote yesterday in the Bundestag that completes a year-long change in the country’s nuclear policy.

World Nuclear News 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Disarmament

On 1 November, a team of more than 35 experts will launch an exercise to inspect a simulated nuclear test site near the Dead Sea in Jordan – a step forward in completing the global verification system of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Then on 12 November, the world’s Nobel Peace Laureates will hold a summit in Hiroshima to stress the priority of nuclear disarmament and affirm their commitment to promoting it.

Scotsman 30th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 30 October 2010

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 more >>

A NUMBER of West Cumbrian sites have been deemed ‘unsuitable’ for a future disposal facility for nuclear waste. A major communications and engagement programme will now be launched in Cumbria to give people the chance to find out about the Government’s search for somewhere to build an underground repository for the country’s higher activity radioactive wastes. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is looking at whether West Cumbria should take part in the search for a site, without any commitment to eventually host a geological disposal facility.

Whitehaven News 28th Oct 2010 more >>

The whole of the western Lake District would be suitable for burying radioactive waste, according to a study released today. A scientific report examining the geology of the area only rules out an area west of the Lake District, running from St Bees Head on the coast, up to the Solway Firth. The rest of the area, covered by Allerdale and Copeland Councils, should not be ruled out for waste burial.

Grough 28th Oct 2010 more >>

HUGE parts of West Cumbria are unsuitable for an underground radioactive waste dump, a geological survey has found. The BGS survey has officially ruled out a tract of land along the coast from St Bees Head to Maryport, along the Solway coast and inland as far as Cockermouth and Egremont, up to Wigton and Carlisle.

West Cumberland Times and Star 28th Oct 2010 more >>

The Lake District could become a ‘dumping ground’ for the nuclear industry, environmentalists fear, after the Government failed to rule out England’s largest national park to bury radioactive waste. Ben Ayliffe, senior energy campaigner at Greenpeace, said the report showed “almost anywhere in the Lake District could become a dump for the UK’s radioactive waste”. “It’s hard to imagine a more tragic legacy to Britain’s nuclear folly than vats of lethal nuclear waste being stored around Keswick or Scafell Pike. It’s certainly not the sweeping vistas that would have inspired Wordsworth or Coleridge,” he said. “And dumping this stuff underground is no solution anyway – wherever it is. So we certainly shouldn’t be creating any more nuclear waste. There are much better ways of producing electricity.”

Telegraph 29th Oct 2010 more >>

Guardian 29th Oct 2010 more >>

BBC 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Times 29th Oct 2010 more >>

A leaked European Commission draft report says Europe should solve the problem of handling nuclear waste by making industry pay to stash it deep underground, where it will be overseen by independent watchdogs.

Reuters 28th Oct 2010 more >>

New Nukes

A new report, Nuclear Lessons Learned, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of several recent nuclear projects including Sizewell B, Olkiluoto 3, Flamanville 3 and Sanmen and Haiyang, two AP1000 plants under construction in China. It seems to offer practical advice to ensure that the construction and operation of any new nuclear power plants in the UK in future progresses smoothly and economically.

Chemical Engineer 28th October 2010 more >>

Bradwell

LAND earmarked for a new nuclear power station in Bradwell is up for sale. EDF Energy own the land, across the water from West Mersea and next to the former power station, but are unable to build on it because of an agreement as part of the Government’s nuclear strategy. The agreement means EDF Energy can’t build on Bradwell and Sizewell so will have to sell the land which has been shortlisted as a prime nuclear site. Marjorie Barnes, spokesman for EDF Energy, said: “The sale process of EDF land at Bradwell, as per the undertaking EDF Energy made to the UK government as part of the acquisition of British Energy, has commenced and is ongoing. “In accordance with this, any sale agreed will be conditional on the ratification of the Government’s Nuclear national policy statement and on EDF Energy obtaining planning consent for two European pressurised water reactors (EPR) at its site at Sizewell.” Campaign group Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (Banng), with considerable support in West Mersea, are trying to stop a second power station being built on the site.

Clacton Gazette 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Oldbury

Oldbury Power Station has at last taken its last ever delivery of nuclear fuel. Reactor One first produced electricity in November 1967 whilst Reactor Two started generating in April 1968. At the time it was expected that it would run for 25 years but against the advice of independent nuke experts and continuing and growing problems like the depleted graphite, it has struggled on – many of us believing that money and profit has overidden the safety concerns. Ministers and power companies once predicted the first new nuclear power station would be in operation by 2017. That has now slipped to 2018. Further delays seem inevitable. This is just not the way to tackle climate change which needs serious investment now in energy efficiency.

Ruscombe Green 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Wylfa

On the 21st October Wylfa Site’s Reactor 2 was successfully brought back into service following its biennial outage, which commenced in April 2010. In the lead up to the 2010 outage, Reactor 2 had completed 323 days of continuous generation since its last unplanned trip in May 2009. Since its last biennial outage in 2008, Reactor 2 has contributed a sent-out generation of approximately 5350 GWhrs up to the start of the 2010 outage.

Magnox North 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Sellafield

THE Civil Nuclear Constabulary which guards Sellafield is holding a training exercise at the nuclear site. It starts on Monday and last for six weeks. Police officers in the CNC carry firearms in defence of Sellafield where security plans cover the potential for terrorist attack. Residents are being told in advance about the exercise “as some pyrotechynics are being used.” A CNC spokesman said: “This specific training will take place within specified areas up until December 10 and will not have an impact on public roads or the day-to-day running of Sellafield.”

Whitehaven News 27th Oct 2010 more >>

TOP line changes have been made among the Nuclear Management Partners directors who run Sellafield. Carol Johnson, who chairs the board of Rosehill Theatre Trustees, is returning to the United States to take on a new role at Hanford nuclear site, Washington State. West Cumbrian Paul Foster,43, will succeed her as director for Infrastructure at Sellafield.

Whitehaven News 27th Oct 2010 more >>

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is responsible for decommissioning Sellafield, has survived the cuts. The NDA has been told its government funding will be maintained at current levels over the next four years – this will be around £3 billion a year and spent across its 19 UK nuclear sites. Sellafield has received £1.5billion for the current year and unions maintain this should have been enough to prevent a voluntary redundancy programme which has seen 800 job losses. The Authority pledges to continue to spend the lion’s share on cleaning up Sellafield but chief executive Tony Fountain said: “In funding these vital performances of work at Sellafield we will expect to see continued improvements in efficiency and performance across the site.”

Whitehaven News 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Investment

Right now the nuclear industry is mobilizing countless resources in an effort to convince the world that nuclear energy is a necessary part of solving our energy needs in the face of climate change. In reality, any investment in nuclear energy actively undermines real energy solutions to climate change by diverting huge amounts of urgently needed resources away from investment in the clean, safe and renewable power we must develop. Until recently the role that commercial banks play in the nuclear energy sector hasn’t been well understood. Most banks are happy to publish figures on their annual investment in renewable energy, while the amount they are investing in dangerous, dirty energy sources like nuclear they prefer to be kept secret – but no more: The veil of secrecy has now been lifted thanks to the research done by a group of NGOs and public advocacy organizations, including Greenpeace International. It reveals the top financial institutions that are involved in bankrolling dangerous, dirty nuclear energy – just at the time when we need investment in clean, safe, renewable energy technologies. Last week our activists in France, Turkey, Luxembourg and Russia revealed banking group BNP Paribas as the top bankroller of the nuclear industry – investing more than any other bank in the world.

Greenpeace International 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Russia/Reprocessing

Mayak, still one of the biggest nuclear facilities in Russia, reprocesses about 200 tons of spent fuel annually. An extraction process called PUREX (plutonium and uranium recovery by extraction) is used to separate those two elements from spent fuel. But the process, Bodrov said, creates 22,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste for every cubic meter of spent fuel. A combination of past nuclear accidents and the accumulation of wastes from more than six decades of nuclear activities at the site have made the area surrounding Mayak one of the most contaminated in the world, with significant concentrations of strontium, cesium and plutonium found within a 100-kilometer – or 60-mile – radius of the facility.

Common News 13th Oct 2010 more >>

Germany

Despite public protests and angry diatribes from the opposition, the German government on Thursday took the first major hurdle in a parliamentary vote toward extending the lifespans of nuclear power plants. The bill passed comfortably 308 to 289, but theoretically the government had 332 votes on its side. The discrepancy is indicative of how divisive the issue is. In the parliamentary debate prior to the vote on extending the lifespans of Germany’s nuclear power plants, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the opposition engaged in a no-holds-barred exchange of accusations and counter-accusations.

Deutsche Welle 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Lawmakers from chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition voted in favour of prolonging the life of Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations, setting the scene for a potentially bitter legal battle before the country’s highest court. “You’re dividing the country on a point over which it was already united,” Sigmar Gabriel, leader of the opposition Social Democrats, pledging to overturn the lifetime extension should his party regain power in the 2013 election.

FT 29th Oct 2010 more >>

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BBC 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Iran

The United States and its European allies are preparing a new offer to Iran on a possible nuclear fuel swap that would include tougher conditions than those Tehran rejected last year, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

Reuters 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Intelligence operations are vital to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the head of MI6 Sir John Sawers has claimed.

Telegraph 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Middle East Onloine 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Kazakhstan

The secret centre of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme is to make nuclear fuel for China, under a deal signed during a visit to Paris of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kazakh President.

The Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Kazakhstan, once known only as “2A” and unmarked on maps, was where the Soviet Union developed and built much of its nuclear arsenal, and has retained a high level of expertise in handling uranium and rare earth metals. Under the deal signed on Wednesday between Areva, France’s nuclear company, and Kazatomprom, the world’s largest producer of uranium, Ulba will be the site of a new fuel fabrication joint venture – the first for the French company outside Europe and North America.

Telegraph 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Trident

Two-thirds of Scots are opposed to replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, according to a poll. The survey found 67% did not want the Government to spend money on the weaponry while it was cutting budgets for conventional forces. The YouGov poll was carried out as Westminster’s Strategic Defence and Security Review announced the closure of RAF Kinloss and created uncertainty over the future of RAF Lossiemouth, Fort George and the Army’s Edinburgh HQ. SNP MSP Bill Kidd said: “People are struggling to understand, at a time when budgets are being slashed by Tories and LibDems in London, why renewal of these weapons has not been ruled out completely.” Dr Alan Mackinnon, chairman of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said the majority of Scots did not want money spent on new weapons of mass destruction.

Herald 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 29 October 2010

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 the next decade without Government subsidies, the EtF highlights the fact that follow-on replica stations will be much cheaper than ‘first-of-a-kind’ developments. Having looked at six projects in the UK, Finland, France and China, the report says that designs for new power stations should be mature and all licensing issues should be resolved prior to construction. Particularly important to the now inexperienced UK industry, says the EtF, is a highly qualified design and planning team, as well as experienced or properly trained construction contractors.

Energy Efficiency News 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Planning Magazine 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Reuters 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Radwaste

The European Commission is all set to propose deep underground storage of radioactive nuclear fuel waste, according to a leaked document. The measures have drawn criticisms from the environmental groups especially the anti-nuclear campaigners although businesses and the nuclear energy industry has backed the proposals.

eGov Monitor 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Champagne’s ruling council has warned producers to be vigilant after it failed to prevent the continuation of a nuclear waste site only few miles from vineyards. A French court has turned down an appeal by the CIVC, Champagne’s trade body, that sought to force France’s nuclear energy agency to stop processing radioactive waste at the site at Soulaines, which is less than ten miles from designated Champagne vineyards.

Just Drinks 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

As soon as residents living near Hinkley Point, on the west Somerset coast, were told that a 12-pylon wind farm was planned for their rural idyll, opposition was quick to grow. The community had lived side-by-side with nuclear power stations for decades, but many drew the line at the prospect of adding a dozen 300ft turbines to their backyard.

Independent 28th Oct 2010 more >>

HEALTH experts have rubbished anti-nuclear campaigners’ claims that Hinkley Point is to blame for high rates of breast cancer among women in Burnham over an 11-year period. Professor Busby’s study showed 167 women in Burnham’s north and south wards developed the deadly disease between 1994 and 2004 – 54 more than would normally be expected. According to Stop Hinkley, Professor Derek Pheby, who independently reviewed the figures, claimed the chances of such high rates occurring randomly would be one in two million, although the South-West PHO said cancer rates were one quarter above the national average throughout the South-West. However, a Somerset Primary Care Trust spokesman said: “The PCT has seen no new or compelling evidence to date which would support campaigners’ hypothesis that radioactive pollution arising from the past operation or the recent decommissioning of Hinkley Point, is responsible for a statistical increase in the incidence of breast or any other cancer in the surrounding area.”

This is the West Country 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Bridgwater Mercury 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Hunterston

In a bold statement this week Kenneth Gibson MSP for Cunninghame North has ruled out another nuclear plant at Hunterston. Noting the hysterical tone of the Labour candidate’s letter in last week’s News, it’s clear that it’s going to be a long and weary few months to the election. In his desperate attempt to win the hitherto safe seat he lost in 2007 through his own arrogance, complacency and neglect, Allan Wilson does not let the facts get in the way of his own rhetoric. He accuses the SNP of being responsible for the Hunterston Coal application by opposing a new Hunterston C. If Mr Wilson had bothered to contact Ayrshire Power Ltd he would know that the application they submitted was not dependent on whether a Hunterston C happened at all. Mr Wilson’s support for a Hunterston C would have more weight if he himself hadn’t voted against new nuclear power stations in the last Parliament. Frankly, his hypocrisy on the issue is shameful. Readers might also wonder why he attacks the SNP on this issue but not his own anti-nuclear Labour MP or why he now supports nuclear power in Largs but says nothing in other parts of the constituency such as anti-nuclear Arran. Clearly he is motivated not by policy or principle but political tribalism of the worst kind. The SNP does not support new nuclear power stations and have always been open about that. However, the reason Hunterston C is unlikely to be built has little to do with the SNP. Only last week both the Economist and Wall Street Journal had articles on how none of the 28 new nuclear stations planned for the USA with loan guarantees approved by Congress in 2007 will be built, not for political but economic reasons.

Largs & Millport Weekly News 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Low Level Waste

Around 500 tonnes of radioactive waste from the Olympic Park in east London has been dumped in a landfill site in Cambridgeshire, the Guardian has learned. A permit was not required since the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) was able to take advantage of the same exemption order which allowed it to bury waste with low levels of radioactivity on-site in a bunker just 250m from the main Olympic stadium. The bunker was completed and filled with waste in late 2008 but subsequent construction activity around the Olympic site uncovered radioactive waste at three separate locations.

Guardian 26th Oct 2010 more >>

EDF/US

EDF, the French state-owned utility, is rethinking its strategy for expansion in the US and will look for a new American partner, after breaking up its relationship with Constellation Energy to build new nuclear power stations. The industry is concerned about the limited availability of federal loan guarantees for new reactors. Constellation said it was unable to go ahead with its share of Unistars planned development of a new nuclear plant at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland because of the high cost of the loan guarantee it had been offered.

EDF also gets sites for four possible new nuclear plants: two at Calvert Cliffs and two others in New York state. EDF is pressing ahead with US regulatory approval for the EPR and will also begin the search for a new partner required by US law. The American partner does not need to have a majority stake in the venture but has to take control of safety.

FT 28th Oct 2010 more >>

EDF and US partner Constellation Energy have settled a row over a nuclear project that could have cost the French power group up to $2bn. Under the deal, EDF will buy Constellation’s half-share in their UniStar partnership for $140m and will also transfer its 3.5m shares in Constellation back to the company and give up its board seat.

In return, Constellation agreed not to exercise an option to sell EDF up to $2bn of non-nuclear assets.

City AM 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Proliferation

The Washington-based Arms Control Association today issued its first-ever report card assessing how a number of countries have lived up to their existing nonproliferation commitments. Unlike similar documents issued by other groups, it refrains from making concrete suggestions on how better adhere to those goals.

Global Security 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Germany

Thousands of anti-nuclear protesters took to the streets all over Germany on the national day of action against the transportation of nuclear waste.

Euro News 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Sigmar Gabriel, leader of Germany’s main opposition Social Democratic Party, said that his party will challenge the government’s nuclear plans in court. If the SPD returns to power at elections in 2013, “we would overturn this nonsense,” Gabriel said on ARD television today, as the lower house of parliament prepared to vote on plans by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to prolong the use of nuclear power. Asked if he intends to challenge at the constituional court in Karlsruhe the government’s plans to bypass the upper house, Gabriel said: “That’s correct.”

Bloomberg 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Renewables

Hundreds of local revolts against wind farms have jeopardised the plan to use them to generate more than a quarter of Britain’s electricity, figures seen by The Independent reveal. New wind farms are needed to have any chance of creating enough renewable energy to reduce reliance on coal and gas power production. But planning approvals for them in England are at an all-time low, with only one in three applications getting the go-ahead from councils in the face of angry and organised opposition from people living nearby. More than 230 separate local campaign groups against wind farms are operating across the UK, from Scotland and Kent to Norfolk, Yorkshire and Cornwall. These groups are scoring striking successes in defeating planned wind farms even when faced with the weight of official recommendations. In the last 12 months to September, there ha s been a 50 per cent drop in planning approvals in England, and approvals for windfarms in Scotland have also fallen. The number of new windfarms coming on-stream (becoming active) has also fallen by 30 per cent partly as a result of the recession. The figures are revealed in a report on the state of the industry which will be published next week and has been seen by The Independent.

Independent 28th Oct 2010 more >>

“We’ve had a lucky escape,” says Jeremy Leggett. “There were massive forces of darkness lined up against us a whole cadre of politicians and officials trying to, at the minimum, cut back the FIT and, if they could get away with it, shut it do wn completely.” The FIT is central to the development of Britain’s clean-energy sector, and the back-room machinations over its survival are just a single skirmish in the war for the future of Britain’s energy supplies. Mr Leggett could not be more serious: “The danger is that we will be ambushed by our collective stupidity before we have enough weapons to fight back. The mobilisation of renewable-energy technologies vital to our survival might not happen fast enough to counter the threats of global warming and peak oil.” In both Whitehall and the energy majors, “retrograde thinkers” are already defending the status quo “with amazing vehemence” and the battles are only just beginning. The rhetoric in recent years has been about an energy mix generating capacity of every sort, but the old and the new can no longer co-exist, Mr Leggett believes. And once renewables really take off, the war will begin in earnest, he says, pointing to evidence from Germany that even the fraction of electricity consumption supplied by solar PV is pulling down midday-peak electricity demand, clipping prices and hurting the profits of the energy giants.

Independent 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Fuel Poverty

SCOTLAND has just recorded one of its lowest winter death tolls of the past two decades – despite last year’s record-breaking cold weather. New government figures show there were 19,688 deaths between December and March in 2009-10, the second lowest number of deaths registered in 20 winters going back to 1990-91, and equivalent to 163 a day. The fall in deaths came despite bitterly cold weather which caused widespread disruption throughout Scotland, along with the swine flu epidemic that hit the country. Excess winter deaths, the increased number compared with the rest of the year, was slightly lower than the 20-year average at 2,764 but significantly lower than the number of deaths in the previous year.

Scotsman 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Trident

Letter John Mitchell: The UK Government could save billions of pounds by abandoning the morally indefensible and virtually useless Trident nuclear weapons system. The Liberals could force this on their Tory colleagues. Will they? No. Most of them will probably abstain, although they will split as ever. They have abandoned any anti-nuclear views they pretended to hold in the past and are now just puppets of their Tory coalition partners. I am sure the Liberals will suffer in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections – and they deserve to for being so supine.

Southern Reporter 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Weapons

It was one of the most nerve-racking 45-minute periods U.S. military chiefs have ever known. Pentagon chiefs were stunned to discover that a U.S. air force base had lost control of 50 nuclear, inter-continental missiles. A power failure meant that one-ninth of America’s nuclear arsenal went offline for three-quarters of an hour, it emerged yesterday.

Daily Mail 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Independent 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Scotsman 28th Oct 2010 more >>

Telegraph 28th Oct 2010 more >>

RAF fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept Russian nuclear bombers near British airspace twice in the last week, it emerged today.

Daily Mail 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 28 October 2010

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 urgently in order not to burden future generations with nuclear waste disposal and associated risks, like lack of financing for storage or terrorist threats, the EU executive says. The proposal, seen by EurActiv, argues that deep geological disposal is “the safest and most sustainable option” for the final management of high-level waste. This is a matter of worldwide scientific consensus, the Commission claims, urging member states to implement disposal.

EurActiv 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Green MEPs say the commission’s draft proposals on a nuclear waste directive contains “serious and alarming gaps.” Parliament’s Greens/EFA group, which has seen a draft copy, says it fails to address “fundamental” issues, including the cost of dealing with spent nuclear waste “in 30 to 40 years’ time.” Speaking at a breakfast briefing in parliament on Tuesday, group co-leader Rebecca Harms said the draft also fails to provide both an “accurate definition” of radioactive waste and a “true picture” of how each member state handles such waste. Harms said such “glaring omissions” from the commission’s proposals “give cause for real concern.” She cited the case of a salt mine where 126,000 barrels filled with radioactive waste will have to be retrieved from the salt mine Asse in Lower Saxony. It is feared the unprecedented recovery of the waste from a depth of several hundred metres will cost billions of euros.

The Parliament 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Flamanville

Electricite de France SA has run into further setbacks in the construction of its nuclear reactor at Flamanville, delaying the start of operations by more than three years, Le Figaro reported, citing unidentified people. The first commercial production of electricity at the site will now not take place before 2015, according to the daily newspaper.

Bloomberg 27th Oct 2010 more >>

EDF

Constellation Energy has settled its dispute with French utility giant Electricite de France , selling its half of a joint venture to develop new nuclear power plants and dropping its threat to exercise an option to force EDF to buy a dozen aging fossil fuel plants.

Washington Post 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Reuters 27th Oct 2010 more >>

National Infrastructure Plan

The Government is looking for the private sector to provide £160bn of the total investment in its National Infrastructure Plan over the next five years. It wants companies and investors to target a wide range of energy, transport, water and waste, broadband and digital projects after announcing “pump priming” investment of £40bn in the key areas in last week’s Spending Review. A large slice of this funding is destined for the heavily subsidised renewable energy business while the Government will get the estimated £70bn to be spent by electricity generators in building new nuclear power plants for “free” because there is no subsidy.

Telegraph 26th Oct 2010 more >>

New Nukes

The myth of nuclear power keeps persevering. Lobbyists and politicians will not tire of praising nuclear power as a reliable, secure and unbeatable energy. Newest Myth: Nuclear power is the necessary bridging technology to the solar age. With papers by Professor Steve Thomas, Anthony Froggatt and others.

Heinrich Boll Foundation 23rd Aug 2010 more >>

George Kerevan: DAVID Cameron, in his speech to the CBI on Monday, promised more jobs in “green tech”. But while the UK focuses on wind power, our competitors are touting a new generation of nuclear power plants. What are their chances of success? Currently, there are some 436 civilian nuclear power plants in operation, in over 30 countries, producing 15 per cent of the world’s electricity. Nuclear electricity has obvious advantages: a proven technology, minimal CO2 emissions.

Scotsman 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Wylfa

North West Wales ahead of the game in skills for Nuclear Energy Sector Lesley Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, affirmed today that on-going investment in specialist skills training ensures North West Wales is well placed to take advantage of any potential investment in the nuclear energy sector. In response to the announcement that Wylfa is one of the preferred locations for a new generation of nuclear power stations, she said North West Wales is already well ahead of the game in delivering skills training to ensure the nuclear sector in the region has the workforce to meet future demand.

Welsh Country 26th Oct 2010 more >>

NDA

Happy days, by contrast, for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority which, amid the general retrenchment, will have its budget protected. The money will continue to flow: around £3bn a year. That calls for a celebration. But then some would say the authority has already had one, for last month it held a two-day conference at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester. The conference cost £52,000 – that’s £500 for each delegate. Exactly the sort of expenditure we must protect.

Guardian 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Labour Party

Ed Miliband – whose partner, Justine Thornton, an environmental lawyer, did stuff on renewables for the German energy giant E.ON, one of the biggest players in the nuclear industry. Meanwhile, developing Labour’s brave new policy on waste is Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland. He was once a PR man for Sellafield.

Guardian 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Companies

The two companies that manage the sites of the UK’s magnesium oxide reactors, Magnox North and Magnox South, are merging. Magnox North manages Oldbury 1 and 2 and Wylfa A1 and A2 on behalf of the UK government agency the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The two companies together manage another eight sites of shut down reactors.

Both companies are subsidiaries of site licence company Magnox Electric. The sole shareholder and so-called parent body organisation of that firm is Reactor Sites Management Company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based decommissioning firm EnergySolutions. “The reintegration of Magnox North and South is part of our work to meet the NDA’s challenge to reduce support and overhead costs,” a spokesman told Nuclear Engineering International. Pending regulatory approval, the company is looking to relicence by the end of the year.

Nuclear Engineering International 26th Oct 2010 more >>

ESBWR

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced its next-generation reactor model, the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), has passed a crucial safety review performed by an advisory committee for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Completion of this review clears a key hurdle in the company’s bid for design certification of the ESBWR, which now begins the federal rulemaking process. This sets the stage for final NRC certification by the fall of 2011.

Market Watch 26th Oct 2010 more >>

National Grid

With Britain at an energy crossroads, a new BBC Four series, the Secret Life of the National Grid, tells the story of how the grid has shaped not only British politics but our landscape and our lives.

BBC 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Germany

Moody’s has warned that the impact of the German nuclear tax might yet force a downgrade of the companies’ credit ratings. The key issue is not the additional costs – the companies can cope with that in the long-run by mitigating taxes and changing their production mix – rather it is the short-term squeeze on their financial flexibility.

FT Blog 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Japan

A consortium has been officially launched in order to help Japan gain orders for nuclear power plants from so-called emerging nuclear countries. The consortium comprises nine electric utilities and three nuclear engineering companies.

World Nuclear News 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Iran

Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant today, moving closer to starting up the facility. The Iranian authorities see the completion of the Bushehr plant, built with the help of Russia, as a show of defiance against UN security council sanctions against its nuclear programme.

Guardian 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Independent 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Reuters 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government on Monday approved plans to establish a pact with Russia on peaceful nuclear cooperation, a government spokesman said. It authorised the head of the new King Abdullah City for Nuclear and Renewable Energies to draft a pact with Moscow on nuclear cooperation.

Middle East Online 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Weapons

Bill Kidd MSP writes for ePolitix.com ahead of his debate in the Scottish Parliament on making Scotland a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ).

ePolitix 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Submarines

Letter: Ruth Marr is rather alarmist (Letters, October 25). She said we were told the submarine HMS Astute was not nuclear armed, but had it been so armed the consequences would be too horrible to contemplate. And according to Michael Hamilton, Astute got away with it this time (Letters, October 26). Got away with what?

Herald 27th Oct 2010 more >>

Britain’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarine has returned to base after running aground off the Scottish coast. The Ministry of Defence now faces a repair bill expected to run into millions. It was confirmed the MoD would carry out a “full and thorough” investigation into what happened to HMS Astute, which made its way back to the Faslane base on the Clyde.

Glasgow Evening Times 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 27 October 2010

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 potential across the wide range of scenarios analyzed. However, investment in energy efficiency R&D has typically been less than 10 percent of the overall public sector R&D budget in the countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Conversely, although nuclear energy accounts for less than 10 percent of the GHG emission reduction potentials across all scenarios, it has received some 50 percent of the total public investment in energy technology R&D. The analysis, conducted by Drs’ Arnulf Grubler and Keywan Riahi from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, compared historical and current government spending on R&D by the 28 member countries of the International Energy Agency, with a “needs”-based analysis of the technologies required to achieve long-term climate stabilization.

Click Green 25th Oct 2010 more >>

IIASA Press Release 25th Oct 2010 more >>

No Money for Nuclear (NM4N) is a new national campaign group which believes that the level of support received by the nuclear industry in the UK is unjustified and a serious drain on public finance, especially at a time when the weak and vulnerable are suffering from significant cuts in public expenditure. In addition, the way that waste disposal and decommissioning costs of new nuclear power stations are gathered poses a serious risk to the public purse in the future.

No Money for Nuclear 25th Oct 2010 more >>

New Nukes

It was only last November that George Osborne first floated the idea of a green investment bank. When the coalition took power it became a flagship project wheeled out by the chancellor as proof he was serious about Britain’s £200 billion low-carbon energy revolution. Last week reality struck. Osborne said the government would put just £1 billion into the bank; a paltry sum compared to the mountain of cash needed to replace fossil-fuel power plants with more expensive alternatives such as wind farms and nuclear reactors. The cash won’t be available until 2013. Energy executives, who are hectored relentlessly about the need to invest billions in low-carbon power, are appalled. Any credibility the government had with the industry is ebbing. The neutering of the bank, they say, is indicative of its general half-heartedness toward the industry. The message seems to be: we want a revolution, we just don’t want to pay for it. Thanks to targets adopted by the previous government, Britain is legally obliged to slash its carbon dioxide output by 34% by 2020. Much of the reduction will come from the electricity sector because it is the biggest polluter. New nuclear plants will play a critical role in the low-carbon future, yet the framework to foster their construction is shaky. Utilities want the technology to get the same treatment as wind power, which is helped by a healthy add-on tariff that you and I pay for through higher bills. The government, though, is terrified of being seen as a subsidiser of nuclear power. Ministers and power companies once predicted the first new nuclear power station would be in operation by 2017. That has now slipped to 2018. Further delays seem inevitable.

Sunday Times 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Full details of the coalition’s plan for a green investment bank will be set out in the spring of next year, the Treasury said on Monday, as it outlined a national infrastructure plan. The cash will be used to provide early high-risk investment in nuclear, large offshore wind, carbon capture and other green technologies with the aim of leveraging in the large amounts of private sector investment needed

FT 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Urenco

The government is reported to be exploring the sale of its stake in Urenco, the firm that makes enriched uranium for nuclear power, to help finance the green investment bank that will be used to fund projects such as refurbishing energy-inefficient homes.

Building 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Radwaste

The future of UK government hopes to use local landfill sites to dispose of huge quantities of low-level nuclear waste will come under scrutiny today with the opening of a planning inquiry into the first such case. The inquiry by the Planning Inspectorate will hear an appeal by Augean, a hazardous waste specialist company, which wants to put rubble, soil and other low-radioactive waste – mostly from nuclear power stations – into a landfill site near Peterborough, Northamptonshire. The battle over the site at Kings Cliffe is being seen as a test case for the rest of the country, as a growing number of waste companies hope to take advantage of the government’s change of rules to allow such dumping to take place.

Guardian 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Radioactive waste has long been the Achilles Heel of the nuclear industry. In opening this Special Issue the Editors Andrew Blowers and Goran Sundqvist describe radioactive waste as an apparently insoluble problem continuing into the far future, blotting nuclear’s copybook and blocking the onward progress of nuclear energy. In every country with a nuclear industry it has proved hard to find technically convincing and socially acceptable solutions. This Special Issue of the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences makes a major contribution to the contemporary debate about nuclear energy and what to do with its long-term legacy of dangerous radioactive wastes.

Journal of Integrative Environmental Scienes Volume 7 Issue 3. more >>

Advertising feature on West Cumbria Managing Radiactive Waste Safety Partnership Phase 2 consultation exercise.

Cumbrian Newspapers 25th Oct 2010 more >>

The following letter has been sent to all Allerdale Councillors today: Is Allerdale a willing host for the ‘geological disposal’ of high level nuclear waste? Is compensation possible for the loss of a viable future? On the 3rd November Allerdale Borough Council will be considering “withdrawing an expression of interest in geological disposal” following a motion by Councillor Joe Sandwith. David Smythe Emeritus Professor of Geology at Glasgow University has said the scientific evidence carried out in the 1990s for Nirex which cost the public purse £400M shows that – No site in West Cumbria is suitable for geological disposal!

Radiation Free Lakeland 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Companies

GDF Suez SA is in talks with Areva SA on a partnership to develop the Atmea nuclear reactor, Les Echos reported, without citing anyone. The project would include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the newspaper said.

Bloomberg 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

AN investigation has been launched following a small fire at Hinkley Point B power station this afternoon. A spokesman for EDF Energy said the fire started in a room in the gas circulator workshop building just before 1.30pm.

Bridgwater Mercury 25th Oct 2010 more >>

French power company EDF has opened the tendering process to find a engineering contractor to build two turbine halls for Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset.

Construction Enquirer 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Iran

Iran has started to load fuel into its Bushehr nuclear power plant, according to state media.

Sky News 26th Oct 2010 more >>

BBC 26th Oct 2010 more >>

India

The leaders of India and Japan signed a tariff-slashing trade deal on Monday and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal despite New Delhi’s refusal to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Morning Star 25th Oct 2010 more >>

US

A federal carbon price would provide a major boost to the US nuclear power industry, but would not solve all its problems, experts said. “That would turn the industry around,” Richard Caperton, policy analyst for the Center for American Progress, told attendees of the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Missoula, Montana last week. “There are still some other issues: cheap natural gas, short-term low electricity demand. But a carbon price really reshapes the electricity industry and I think reshapes it to the benefit of the nuclear industry.”

Oil Price 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Australia

The Australian Greens welcome the referral of the Federal Government’s controversial bill to establish Australia’s national radioactive waste dump to a House of Representatives parliamentary committee. “This is great news and may ensure real scrutiny is brought to bear on Labor’s proposal to dump radioactive waste in Central Australia.

Mathaba 25th Oct 2010 more >>

South Africa

South Africa is to unveil plans this week for what it claims will be the world’s biggest solar power plant – a radical step in a coal-dependent country where one in six people still lacks electricity.

Guardian 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Trident

Britain needs to keep its nuclear arsenal, even if it’s made in – and controlled by – the United States, says Boris Johnson.

Telegraph 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Letter: We now seem to be in a dangerous situation in Scotland, where the military cost of threatening the civilian population of a number of unidentified countries with nuclear weapons takes precedence over our national welfare. None of the countries which have been envisaged as possible targets for Trident missiles has any reason to be hostile to Scotland.

Scotsman 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Submarines

A DAY-LONG series of events took place on Saturday to commemorate the launch of Britain’s first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought.

NW Evening Mail 25th Oct 2010 more >>

THE nuclear submarine that grounded off Skye last week was back at base yesterday, with no timescale for its return to service.

Scotsman 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Renewables

Offshore wind will create 70,000 green jobs, the government said on Monday, as hundreds of millions of pounds of planned investments in turbine manufacturing were confirmed.

The investments by companies including General Electric, Siemens and Gamesa of Spain had been in doubt as the coalition considered whether to continue with support promised by Labour ministers. David Cameron said 60m of spending earmarked for upgrading British ports to make them suitable for handling large offshore turbines would go ahead.

FT 26th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 26 October 2010

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 all companies agreeing that some form of additional incentive is required. Options range from a feed-in tariff to guarantee the price for low-carbon electricity to payments to companies as reward for having available generation capacity. Two consultations – one on the carbon price floor and another on electricity market reform – are expected later this autumn. Mr Beckers said that RWE npower would make its supplier decision in the first quarter of next year and if there was “uncertainty still” it would “be very difficult”. His comments echo those of Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, which owns 80 per cent of British Energy, who called last week for “a timely consultation on how the government will implement its stated policy to provide a carbon price floor”. “We also need progress on reform of the electricity market where EDF Energy has proposed low carbon capacity payments to support security of supply.

FT 25th Oct 2010 more >>

The CBI welcomed the statement on nuclear power but still fears the localism agenda could create difficulties in gaining planning permission for energy and housing projects. The CBI’s concerns are underlined by a growth plan issued by the EEF manufacturers’ federation, which urges the government to create a framework to support private sector investment

FT 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Dungeness

The final Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) report for Dungeness confirms that adverse effects on the integrity of three European Sites cannot be ruled out (Dungeness Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Dungeness to Pett Level Special Protection Area (SPA) and the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay proposed Ramsar site) with regards to impacts on water resources and quality, air quality, habitat and species loss and fragmentation/coastal squeeze and disturbance (noise, light and visual). Development at Dungeness would require direct land take from the SAC. It is still considered that adverse effects related to habitat loss (at the Dungeness SAC) could not be mitigated.

Hawkinge Gazette 20th Oct 2010 more >>

Spending Cuts

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP has published a report identifying well over £100 billion of potential savings from nuclear arms projects and subsidies to the nuclear power industry. In the report Britain’s first Green MP argues that cancelling the Trident renewal will save over £100 billion, while axing proposed new nuclear power stations will save the UK taxpayer around £8 billion in nuclear waste costs. The report argues that “Rather than callously cutting to the bone the UK’s vital social infrastructure the Chancellor should axe the renewal of Trident, which would save £100bn. If he also scraps plans for the proposed eight new nuclear power stations, he’ll save the UK something like £8bn in waste disposal subsidies.

News on news 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Yucca

If Harry Reid is no longer Senate majority leader after the election, Nevada will be in a much weaker position to stop the federal government from building the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste dump, the executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects contends.

Reno Gazette Journal 24th Oct 2010 more >>

India

India is ready to seal a civilian nuclear deal and boost trade ties with Japan, as New Delhi looks to prove its friendship in the wake of Tokyo’s bitter territorial spat with Beijing.

Telegraph 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Iran

Iran has announced it has substantially increased its enriched uranium stockpile, only a month ahead of scheduled negotiations with global powers on its controversial nuclear programme.

Telegraph 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Submarines

A nuclear-powered submarine which was grounded off the isle of Skye is now returning to its base at Faslane, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

BBC 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Guardian 25th Oct 2010 more >>

A nuclear-powered submarine may have run aground on a shingle bank because the charts used by its crew were out of date.

Indeperndent 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Letter Kathleen Sullivan: According to Trident Ploughshares, one Trident submarine commands enough fire power to destroy every major city in the northern hemisphere. That one should be hung up on a sand bar off the Isle of Skye is more than disconcerting. The UK could lead the world in disarming these illogical, fallible and immoral instruments of extinction. Think of how many social programmes could be saved if the Trident fleet were put out to pasture. Child benefits, the NHS, education, housing and help for the infirm and disabled could all greatly benefit from scrapping the UK nuclear arsenal.

Guardian 25th Oct 2010 more >>

The Akula class vessel is playing a tense game of cat and mouse. It vanished after being spotted in the North Sea earlier this week – when it was thought to be tracking a Royal Navy Trident submarine. The alert is embarrassing for the Government as it exposes the shocking gap in British capabilities left by the defence cuts.

MOD Oracle 24th Oct 2010 more >>

District Heating

Shared energy schemes could cut consumers’ bills and boost Scotland’s engineering sector, researchers said today.

Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde looking at how a shared energy project could be implemented in Scotland said investing in European-style community heating could help city dwellers cut consumption and support local jobs. Researchers are to draw on the experience of other European cities, and of pioneering schemes in Aberdeen and Sheffield. Householders tapping into district heating programmes in Aberdeen have reported combined electricity and heating bills of less than £400 per year, researchers said. Professor Jan Webb, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, who will direct the project, said: “Huge quantities of heat produced in and near cities are wasted. “Investing in energy efficiency and district heating could not only reduce costs and tackle fuel poverty but it could also support local jobs in engineering, operation and maintenance.”

Scotsman 25th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 25 October 2010

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 well into 2012.

Gloucestershire Gazette 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Weapons

Bill Clinton lost the nuclear launch codes – for several months – during his time as US President, a new book claims. General Hugh Shelton, Clinton’s most senior military man, claims the card bearing the top secret codes went missing in 2000.

Sunday Mercury 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Submarine

An advanced nuclear submarine, described as the stealthiest ever built and packed with state of the art navigation equipment, will be checked for damage today after running aground. The £1.2billion HMS Astute’s rudder got stuck in mud and shingle off the Isle of Skye after venturing into the entrance of a shallow bay to take crew aboard. The Royal Navy super-sub’s rudder was left high and dry, languishing under the bemused gaze of locals as red-faced top brass waited anxiously for the tide to rise so she could be freed.

Earlier yesterday, a tourist boat even began running trips out to see her as crowds gathered to marvel at the hi-tech wonder.

Daily Mail 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Carlisle News & Star 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Fears are growing for the future of a nuclear emergency co-ordination centre in Scotland that helps deal with the aftermath of submarine accidents such as that off the Isle of Skye on Friday. Staff at the Clyde Off-Site Centre near Rhu on Gareloch, a few miles south of the Faslane naval base, have been told that it is facing closure. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) insisted no final decision had been taken. Critics claim that the closure of the centre to save money could lead to gaps in the emergency precautions meant to protect Scotland from radiation leaks. This was denied by the MoD.

Sunday Herald 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Climate

One of Britain’s top green gurus has attacked Scotland for its “addiction” to the oil and coal industries which he says threaten to tip the world into catastrophic climate chaos. Jonathon Porritt, a former high-level government adviser and a star of the environment world, has condemned the Scottish Government for backing new oil and coal developments which will produce huge amounts of climate pollution. Prolonging the future of last century’s dirty industries at the same time as promising to combat climate change was “cognitive dissonance on a massive scale”, he told the Sunday Herald. He also criticised Scottish ministers for backing a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire. The proposal is “completely and utterly crazy” and “ludicrous”, he said. Scotland’s two environmental bodies have warned plans for the new power station, which will provide electricity to up to three million homes, would result in significant damage to important nature sites and air quality in the area. Scottish Natural Heritage said a site of special scientific interest would be lost, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency raised concerns about the impact on air quality and the marine environment.

Sunday Herald 24th Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 24 October 2010

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 and one to the Parliamentary scrutiny of the NPSs. The government has gone into careful detail on the responses to the public consultation in its 300-page report. The Parliamentary response document has addressed each of the Commons select committee’s thirty recommendations and has responded to what it considers were the main issues raised in the Grand Committee debates in the House of Lords, and also the five motions that were debated on the floor of the House albeit withdrawn following the debate. The response to recommendation 17 says that the NPS has been revised so that on-site ‘temporary’ storage of nuclear waste is not stated to be for as long as 160 years (although if as it says the permanent storage facility is not ready until 2130 and the first new power station comes online in 2018, that would be 112 years of onsite storage). The report also states that the long-term geological storage project is likely itself to be a project that comes under the Planning Act. The NPSs have not actually changed that much – the main changes are to the Appraisals of Sustainability, where the way alternatives have been dealt with has been changed significantly. This issue was the main complaint of many environmental organisations, and the changes will go a long way towards addressing their concerns (although they still probably won’t like the conclusions reached).

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Climate Change

Today, 4.6 million households are officially defined as living in fuel poverty. The prevailing policies make it inevitable that fuel poverty will rise for as far as the eye can see. By 2020, our energy prices will be between 30 and 40 per cent higher than they would have been without them. Although the Royal Society clearly believe that climate change is real and risky, and is aggravated by human activity, they also emphasise uncertainties – about cause, effect, timing, modelling and the accuracy of data. In my admittedly untutored reading, it looks as if, by the Society’s own account, only about a third of the science is settled.

Telegraph 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

Fresh fears about the health effects of Hinkley Point power station on people loiving in the Burnham-on-sea area have been raised this week.

Burnham-on-sea.com 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Electricit de France (EdF) has launched a tender for the supply and construction of turbine halls for proposed new EPR-based nuclear power plants in France and the UK. According to the tender announcement, “The contract is to cover the studies, the procurement, the manufacture, the transport, the on-site supervision, the commissioning and possibly the erection on site of the equipment and systems that constitute the turbine hall of nuclear power plants.” Under the contract, one turbine hall is to be supplied for the proposed new Penly EPR plant in France and two turbine halls for the proposed two-unit Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset. In addition, the contract may be extended to other potential new plants in the UK.

Utility Week 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Sizewell

Stephen Foster – a new reactore proposed for suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Transport

Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on the transportation of nuclear materials between Russia and Slovakia via Ukraine. The agreement enables the continued shipment of Russian fuel through Ukraine to Slovakia’s power reactors.

World Nuclear News 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Submarines (just a selection)

A nuclear-powered submarine which spent 10 hours grounded on a shingle bank off the isle of Skye is to be assessed to see if its rudder was damaged.

HMS Astute was towed free by a tug on Friday evening and taken to deep water where a survey will be carried out.

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People are quite anxious as it’s nuclear.

Scotsman 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Anti-nuclear campaigners on Friday called for an end to “dangerous and unnecessary” Trident submarine patrols after one of the vessels ran aground off the coast of a Scottish island.

The incident involving HMS Astute happened near the Isle of Skye. It is the fifth incident of British submarines hitting static obstacles in recent years.

Morning Star 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Weapons

Making sense of the Strategic Defence Review. Video Blog

Nuclear Information Service 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Trident

Letter from David Lowry: I agree with Kate Hudson that “changing Labour Party policy” on rearming and and renewing the Trident nuclear WMD system “is vital.” Instead of attending the TUC London rally against job cuts on October 19, which he had promised to attend, Labour leader Ed Miliband chose to be in the House of Commons to respond to David Cameron’s unveiling of the so-called Strategic Defence and Security Review. Here is, verbatim, one of his responses: “There will be concerns that the review has failed to address strategically the important questions about the future of our nuclear deterrent. All parts of the house support the retention of the nuclear deterrent” Why, at a time of massive welfare cuts, is Ed Miliband, like his nuclear-loving brother before him, backing replacement of such a militarily useless but financially voracious (£76bn) nuclear WMD system?

Morning Star 23rd Oct 2010 more >>

Posted: 23 October 2010

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 build, which would be one of the biggest programmes of private infrastructure investment the UK had ever seen.

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Planning Officers Society spokesman Andrew Wright welcomed the nuclear national policy statement (NPS) revision. “We are pleased that it removes the implication that all the identified stations are needed.” The government’s response to consultation on the draft energy NPSs, published alongside the new NPSs, revealed Dungeness in Kent is not suitable for deployment by 2025 due to concerns over the impact on important habitat sites. It also found Braystones and Kirksanton in Cumbria unsuitable because of potential impact on the Lake District national park.

Planning 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Waste

Letter from S Jordan: What a timely reminder of a very serious conclusion to the previous enquiry into the Government Nuclear Management Policy. Mr Lachlan is not the only one to be urging Cumbria councils to think very carefully about the nuclear waste problem. Geological maps show categorically that the substrata of Cumbria is not suitable for storing nuclear waste. Indeed, if we had known in 1956 what we do now, and been allowed to protest as we do now, Sellafield would definitely not have been placed exactly on top of the double major fault lines that we now know that it is. The idea would have been rejected out of hand. The geology of the Millom area shows two fault lines, one coming directly off that double fault line, which runs through our deepest lake. The secondary one runs straight through Kirksanton. If this idiocy is allowed to continue, Cumbria will be in one hell of a mess. Just as importantly, so will the rest of the British Isles since we are slap bang in the middle. It does not take a genius to put the pieces of the puzzle together. It is time someone took notice. Cumbria is not, and never has been, the place for nuclear power.

Whitehaven News 20th Oct 2010 more >>

Champagne has lost its appeal to stop nuclear waste from being stored within a few miles of its vineyards in the Aube.

The Decanter 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Urenco

The government wants to sell its stake in a company that makes enriched uranium for nuclear power, to help fund the new green investment bank, which is being set up to invest in low-carbon technology. The chancellor, George Osborne, announced in the spending review this week that the government would put £1bn into the bank and hoped to find extra funds from asset sales, although he did not say what would be sold.Chris Huhne, the climate secretary, today told the Guardian that he was looking at selling the UK’s one third share in Urenco, a company it jointly owns with the Dutch government and two German power companies, RWE and E.ON.

Guardian 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

Bradwell

EXPERTS decommissioning Bradwell Nuclear Power Station are leading the way with the highly skilled task and are set to save millions of pounds. The introduction of innovative “techniques and technologies” means work on the two-reactor station, which ceased power generation in 2002, could soon be 12 years ahead of schedule. The accelerated programme means it is likely to be the first of eight former Magnox stations now undergoing decommissioning to reach a “care and maintenance” state with radiation levels reduced and more immediate hazards removed. Ben Russell of EnergySolutions, which is carrying out the work for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said: “We are looking at 2015 instead of 2027 to reach this point; this acceleration will save over £200 million.”

Total Essex 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Cumbria

ONLY one site in Copeland has been selected for a new nuclear power station, on nearly 500 acres of farm land at Sellafield. Up to 9,000 construction jobs and another 500 permanent jobs could be created. Iberdrola, the Spanish-led consortium which has bought the land, plans to start the development in five years’ time with the first nuclear reactor producing electricity three years later.

Whitehaven News 20th Oct 2010 more >>

Wylfa

HOPES of a Wylfa B power station were bolstered on Monday evening as Energy Secretary Chris Huhne revealed the Anglesey plans had made it on the final national shortlist of eight sites.

Holyhead & Anglesey Mail 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Hinkley

Electricit de France (EdF) has launched a tender for the supply and construction of turbine halls for proposed new EPR-based nuclear power plants in France and the UK. According to the tender announcement, “The contract is to cover the studies, the procurement, the manufacture, the transport, the on-site supervision, the commissioning and possibly the erection on site of the equipment and systems that constitute the turbine hall of nuclear power plants.” Under the contract, one turbine hall is to be supplied for the proposed new Penly EPR plant in France and two turbine halls for the proposed two-unit Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset, UK. In addition, the contract may be extended to other potential new plants in the UK.

World Nuclear News 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Sellafield

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority which is responsible for decommissioning Sellafield has survived the cuts. The NDA has been told its government funding will be maintained at current levels over the next four years – this will be around £3 billion a year and spent across its 19 UK nuclear sites. Sellafield has received £1.5 billion for the current year and unions maintain that this should have been enough to prevent a voluntary redundancy programme which has seen 800 job losses. The Authority has pledged to continue to spend the lion’s share on cleaning up Sellafield but chief executive Tony Fountain said: “In funding these vital performances of work at Sellafield, we will expect to see continued improvements in efficiency and performance across the site.”

Whitehaven News 20th Oct 2010 more >>

NUCLEAR Management Partners’ Community Fund has celebrated passing the £1million milestone in giving grants for projects throughout West Cumbria.

Whitehaven News 20th Oct 2010 more >>

SENSITIVE information about Sellafield staff was found on a memory stick left in a hotel room, it has emerged. Bosses at the nuclear site have launched an investigation after a coach driver found the stick at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel, in Cleator, last Thursday.

Whitehaven News 20th Oct 2010 more >>

Parliament

EDM 847: notes that the new National Security Strategy identifies the international terrorist threat as the number one priority risk to the UK; further notes that a particular threat that could arise from deliberate terrorist action is identified as a major release of radioactive material from a civil nuclear power site within the UK which affects one or more regions; The Written Ministerial Statement in support of new nuclear power plant construction in the United Kingdom made no reference to the terrorist threat and the severe impact on human health, environmental contamination, and economic dislocation that would arise from any such malevolent terrorist action; believes that such short-sighted decisions by the Secretary of State demonstrates minimally a failure of proper joined-up Government by ministers; and calls on the Government to make a proper, credible and transparent security assessment of any new nuclear programme before bringing any national nuclear policy statement to this House for designation.

Early Day Motions 18th Oct 2010 more >>

Campaigns

Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and expensive. BNP Paribas is the #1 Nuclear Bank in the world – investing more heavily in nuclear projects than any other bank. Watch this video & tell BNP to stop radioactive investment.

Greenpeace 21st Oct 2010 more >>

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Radiation and Health

Fresh fears over the health effects of nuclear power were raised last night after new figures showed breast cancer diagnoses are 50 per cent above national figures in two areas near Hinkley Point in Somerset. French energy giant EDF wants to build a new reactor at the West’s biggest power station but a study by Professor Chris Busby, of Green Audit, cast a shadow over claims the new reactor would not have ill-effects for those living nearby. In response to the study, though, local public health chiefs insist there is still “no compelling evidence” of a link between Hinkley and statistical rates of cancer. Professor Busby’s study centres on the electoral wards of Burnham-on-Sea north and south, where 54 extra cases above average were recorded between 1994 and 2004. The figures were confirmed by Professor Derek Pheby, former director of the South-Western Regional Cancer Registry and member of the Medical Research Council. Anti-nuclear pressure group Stop Hinkley argues this is enough evidence to argue that a further power station should not be built. According to Professor Pheby, the random chance of this occurrence in the two electoral wards was one in two million. Stop Hinkley says the study backs up several previous health studies.

Western Daily News 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Nuclear Weapons

As commander of a country with nearly 10,000 nuclear warheads, making sure you don’t lose the launch codes for the apocalyptic arsenal would probably be high on your priority list. But a new book by a U.S. General reveals that former president Bill Clinton did just that, and did not realise they were missing for several months.

Daily Mail 21st Oct 2010 more >>

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Iran

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has warned that the world is on the brink of nuclear war which threatens all of humanity. On a Cuban government website, the ageing Castro could be seen repeating his warnings that nuclear war was imminent if the US, in alliance with Israel, attacks Iran.

ITN 21st Oct 2010 more >>

Energy Efficiency

Business groups lined up today to condemn a £1bn stealth tax on companies that have invested in a government scheme to drive down CO2 emissions. The CBI and manufacturers’ group the EEF both attacked the announcement, buried in the comprehensive spending review, that the Treasury would not pay back money to firms obliged to take part in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme.

Guardian 22nd Oct 2010 more >>

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Posted: 22 October 2010