News April 2011

30 April 2011

Oldbury

THE company behind plans to build a second nuclear power plant at Oldbury has said the project may still not go ahead. Speaking at the Oldbury Site Stakeholder Group (OSSG) meeting recently, Tim Proudler, from Horizon, said there were still several hurdles to overcome. He said: “A future Oldbury isn’t clear yet. We are at the beginning of a very long process.” Mr Proudler had been invited to speak to the local community by the OSSG, which normally deals with …

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29 April 2011

New Nukes

A new generation of nuclear reactors should be built at Sellafield, according to the leaders of Cumbria County Council. The are urging the government to press ahead with plans for new reactors which would recycle mixed plutonium and uranium oxide fuel (Mox). Most of the UK’s plutonium is already stored at Sellafield. A Mox plant at Sellafield would provide around 5,000 construction jobs and ongoing plant employment. The call was in response to a government consultation on how the …

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28 April 2011

Nuclear Subsidy

Letter Yousaf Mahmood Butt, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: You advocate reviving nuclear power in the radioactive shadow of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. I would, perhaps, support your viewpoint if the nuclear industry could revive itself without massive government subsidies. In the US – the biggest user of nuclear power – the industry receives huge ongoing insurance bail-outs under the 1957 Price-Anderson Act. This outdated legislation limits the liability of the nuclear industry in the event of a …

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27 April 2011

New Nukes

The UK nuclear new build programme will be delayed by a year in the aftermath of the Japan Fukushima disaster, according to ICE vice president Richard Coackley. “It has changed processes [in the UK] and delayed decisions by a year,” he said. Last week, the Health & Safety Executive decided to postpone the outcome of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for nuclear reactors until government chief scientist Mike Weightman has completed his report into the Fukushima accident, due in …

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26 April 2011

New Nukes

Roland Kupers – visiting fellow at Oxford University and a former executive at Royal Dutch Shell: The evidence of the link between carbon reduction, economic growth, and job creation is mounting. In the past six months, studies by the United Nations Environment Program and Johns Hopkins University, as well as “A new growth path for Europe,” a blueprint proposed by six leading European universities, all project the creation of millions of job before 2020. Notably, these are not just …

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25 April 2011

New Nukes

This is going to be another bad week for the nuclear industry. On top of the continuing radioactive releases from Japan’s stricken Fukushima plant, Tuesday’s 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine is providing anti-nuclear campaigners with a rallying call. Over the weekend, for example, nine Nobel peace laureates sent heads of state a letter demanding a phase-out of atomic power, to enable people everywhere to “live in greater peace and security”. In reality a world free of …

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24 April 2011

New Nukes

Sizewell A and Bradwell operators Magnox Ltd has come to an agreement with Sizewell B and C site owner EDF Energy which will mean some staff can transfer as their roles become redundant at the Magnox sites, most of which are currently in various stages of decommissioning. While Magnox is owned by an American firm, Energy Solutions, it works on behalf of the taxpayer via the owner of its 10 sites, which is the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

East Anglian

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23 April 2011

Oldbury

Reg Illingworth addressed the RWE board in Germany at their AGM on Wednesday. His full speech is set out here.

Shepperdine Against Nuclear Energy 22nd April 2011 more >>

Hinkley

A new poll shows the majority of people in Sedgemoor think that the £100million of investment proposed by EDF Energy as part of its plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will have a positive impact on the area.

Burnham-on-sea.com 22nd April 2011 more >>

Torness

AN investigation is …

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22 April 2011

New Nukes

Twenty five years on from Chernobyl, the heated debate on nuclear power remains resistant to cold facts: simply too few are known. But making your own judgements on five key questions will lead to your answer.

Guardian Blog 21st April 2011 more >>

George Monbiot, Helen Caldicott and Laurence Williams join host James Randerson to debate the future of the UK’s nuclear programme following Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

Guardian Podcast 21st April 2011 more >>

Nuclear Accidents

The world …

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21 April 2011

New Nukes

Nuclear power’s share of the global energy mix will be unchanged in 30 years’ time in spite of the disaster in Japan, according to the chief executive of ExxonMobil.

FT 20th April 2011 more >>

THE head of the International Atomic Energy Agency yesterday said Japan’s nuclear crisis does not undermine the value of nuclear power. Yukiya Amano was speaking at Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. He was accompanied by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Ukrainian …

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