News December 2011

31 December 2011


A decision on whether west Cumbria should remain part of the search for a suitable place for an underground radioactive waste disposal facility will be made next year. Public consultation meetings are due to be held in January and February. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership, made up of representatives of all the local authorities in the county, has spent more than two years finding out more about what taking part in the search for a site …

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30 December 2011


WINDMILLS rather than nuclear power stations will benefit under the government’s new business rate system. It scuppers Copeland’s chances of gaining millions of pounds more through nuclear development. The coalition government wants future business rates “collected from renewable energy projects” to be retained in full by the relevant local authorities. Both the borough council’s Labour and Tory groups say it is wrong for renewable projects to reap financial benefits over nuclear new-build, which is also regarded as green energy.

Whitehaven News

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29 December 2011

Energy Prices

The Coalition’s plans to convert Britain to green energy would cost the country the equivalent of £4,600 per person a year, according to official forecasts. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels and moving to renewable and nuclear energy would cost an additional £60billion every year until 2050, the officials said. But Professor David MacKay, a government adviser on climate change, said that doing nothing to reduce carbon emissions would prove even more expensive because of rising energy prices. The cheapest …

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28 December 2011

Predictions for 2012

The British government will surprise Europe by steadfastly moving ahead with support for construction of 17-19 GWe of new nuclear powered generating capacity by 2025. EDF will commit to building two Areva EPRs at Hinkley Point. RWE and E.on, two German utilities, will likely find investment capital to build Westinghouse AP1000s at Wylfa. One source of capital will be support from the German government with export credits.

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27 December 2011


Japan’s response to the nuclear crisis that followed the 11 March tsunami was confused and riddled with problems, including an erroneous assumption an emergency cooling system was working and a delay in disclosing dangerous radiation leaks, a report revealed yesterday. The disturbing picture of bumbling workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was contained in the report which detailed a government investigation. The 507-page interim report, compiled by interviewing more than 400 …

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26 December 2011


The taxpayer will have to stump up almost £250m more to bail out the nda in the next financial year after falling asset sales and rising expenditure cut its income by 17.5%. The shortfall is revealed in the NDA’s just-published draft business plan for 2012-15, which shows the impact of being unable to offload land to the private sector for new nuclear plants and the end of the contracts to supply Japan with mixed-oxide fuel. The setback will give more …

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24 December 2011


More than 9,000 staff at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have picked up a £1,000 Christmas bonus – partly for turning up to meetings. The consortium that runs the biggest nuclear site in Britain said the £9m payout reflected a strong performance under an annual “target achievement scheme” aimed at improving productivity and safety. The £9m present comes at a difficult time for the workforce of Europe’s biggest atomic site. Up to 2,000 staff are faced with being moved …

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23 December 2011

Annual Review

The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year with greenhouse gases rise to record levels, Arctic sea ice nearly equalling 2007’s record melt, and temperatures the 11th highest ever recorded. It was marked on the ground by unparalleled extremes of heat and cold in the US, droughts and heatwaves in Europe and Africa and record numbers of weather-related natural disasters. In addition, 2011 saw the world population reach 7 billion, the second worst nuclear disaster and record investments in …

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22 December 2011


The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority expects commercial income to drop by 17.3% in fiscal 2012-13 over the current year and taxpayers will pick up the tab through an increased government contribution. The NDA is projecting a £3 billion spending plan annually for the next four years, of which £2.2 billion (up from £2.0 billion this year) is funded directly by the government and the remainder comes from commercial income. The biggest year-on-year change to NDA commercial income is represented by …

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21 December 2011

Waste Transport

A controversial plan to ship 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators across Ontario’s Great Lakes and eventually to Sweden for recycling continues to remain on hold, nearly two years after it was first proposed. This week, Bruce Power, Canada’s only private nuclear power operator, said there was no update on what it will do with the school bus-sized generators left over from a refurbishment of its Bruce A nuclear reactor. 20th Dec 2011 more >>


A worrying new report …

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