News August 2011

31 August 2011

New Nukes

The government’s national policy statement on nuclear energy faces a legal challenge from environmental group Greenpeace on the grounds that ministers failed to take into account the implications of this spring’s Fukushima incident in Japan. The group’s 1,611-page judicial review application says energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne unlawfully pressed ahead with the NPS, adopted last month after a Commons vote, “without waiting to take into account relevant considerations arising from the Fukushima disaster”.

Planning 30th Aug 2011

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30 August 2011

Hinkley

The defence secretary has urged the government to put a stop to plans for overhead pylons in his constituency. The National Grid wants to put up 37 miles of pylons between Hinkley Point in Somerset and Avonmouth. Liam Fox has written to Energy Secretary Chris Huhne about the plans. Meanwhile, Wells MP Tessa Munt said the power lines should go underground.

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Hartlepool

EDF Energy said it restarted its …

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29 August 2011

New Nukes

Greenpeace UK has served legal papers on the UK Government claiming it has unlawfully failed to take into account the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in their future planning for the building of new nuclear power stations at sites in Britain.

Click Green 28th Aug 2011 more >>

Excellent news that Greenpeace have launched a legal challenge to the government. Greenpeace UK has served legal papers on the Government for unlawfully failing to take into account the implications …

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28 August 2011

Hinkley

The Environment Agency is asking communities near the site of a proposed nuclear power station for their views on the disposal of radioactive waste and other processes. The organisation has received two applications for permits relating to the operation of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station on the Somerset coast. It wants feedback from residents before deciding whether to grant or refuse the applications from NNBGenCo, a subsidiary of EDF Energy.

Western Daily Press 27th Aug 2011 more >>

Japan

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27 August 2011

New Nukes

Greenpeace UK has served legal papers on the government for unlawfully failing to take into account the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in their future planning for the building of new nuclear power stations. In a 1611 page legal submission to the High Court, Greenpeace is seeking a Judicial Review of the government’s decision not to take into account specialist advice on the implications of the Fukushima disaster on future reactors, which it has an obligation to do. …

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26 August 2011

EPR

The construction of the EPR nuclear reactor being built in Flamanville (Manche), has many “weaknesses” which question the “quality of the final” product. This is the conclusion drawn after a thorough inspection conducted on site in May by the Nuclear Safety Authority. The report of this “inspection review” , – a letter of twenty-two pages sent by the ASN June 24 to EDF, prime contractor for the 1600 megawatt reactor designed by Areva. The inspection has mobilized fifteen experts, including …

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25 August 2011

EPR

The French nuclear safety watchdog has asked EDF to fix a series of “gaps and weaknesses” in its €6bn ($8.6bn) flagship project to build a next-generation atomic plant in northern France, putting more pressure on a programme already beset by spiralling costs and delays. In a letter to the company, sent at the end of June but which came to light on Wednesday, the country’s atomic watchdog highlighted 13 areas of concern about what is one of the world’s biggest …

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24 August 2011

Hinkley

Things are hotting up with the government and nuclear industry’s plans for nu-killer new build in Britain. If we want to put the brakes on their insane plans to build a fleet of new potential Fukushimas at up to eight sites around England and Wales, we need to get active TODAY!

Stop Nuclear Power 21st Aug 2011 more >>

Foreign Office Minister and Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane, Jeremy Browne called in at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point site this …

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23 August 2011

Hinkley

Bulldozers are busy out on the Somerset coast as engineers make initial preparations to build the giant new power station which designers claim could provide electricity to five million homes. When – and if – the scheme gets into full gear, the building project will be even bigger than the work going into the London 2012 Olympics.

Western Daily Press 22nd Aug 2011 more >>

Energy giant EDF Energy admitted it was waiting to learn lessons from the Fukushima disaster …

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22 August 2011

Electricity Market Reform

The Big Six energy giants face the prospect of price controls if Labour returns to power. In the month that companies have announced huge inflation-busting price increases, the party signalled it would take action to curb bills. Shadow Energy Secretary Meg Hillier said that Labour was working on plans to create a panel of experts who would give independent advice to the Government on energy pricing. Hillier wants to compel companies to auction all of their electricity to …

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