News January 2011

31 January 2011

Wylfa

PYLONS serving Wylfa B could have an adverse effect on the landscape and industries of Anglesey if alternative methods of carrying electricity are not found, islanders have warned. Members of the National Farmers’ Union and an Assembly candidate have expressed concern that tourism and agriculture could be affected if pylons “scar” the island.

Holyhead & Anglesey Mail 26th Jan 2011 more >>

Uranium

The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism has given environmental approval for the Husab uranium project mining area …

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30 January 2011

EDF

The London 2012 Olympic Park in the east of the capital is set to be powered by nuclear energy. French behemoth EDF and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) hope to finalise an agreement on the powering of the Games before the end of next month.

Independent 30th Jan 2011 more >>

EON

Paul Golby, the long-serving chief executive and chairman of E.ON UK, has been asked to stay beyond the company’s retirement age to complete a major …

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29 January 2011

Nuclear Costs

Cash shortages and uncertainty over energy prices are delaying or cutting back nuclear power projects across Central and South-Eastern Europe, threatening energy supply and a push to abandon polluting coal. Investors are retreating, worried that future energy prices might not give them a good return. Many countries in the region have looked to increasing atomic power to provide a stable energy supply and to help meet tough new EU emissions targets. But high capital costs, dwindling interest from power …

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28 January 2011

Nuclear Legacy

There are many uncertainties about the renaissance of nuclear power in the UK, particularly surrounding the level of public subsidy, but one thing remains constant: the industry’s waste problem hasn’t gone away. The clean-up of nuclear legacy waste at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant – a site historically plagued with mismanagement and technical difficulties – is running behind schedule, according to the 2009-10 annual report from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which was quietly released in December. The eight …

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27 January 2011

Radwaste

RESIDENTS, businesses and tourists are to be surveyed on the impact of a possible underground nuclear disposal facility in West Cumbria. Researchers are going to take to the streets to get views about the potential impacts of having an underground repository for higher activity nuclear waste. Tourists visiting the county will also be asked their views. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership has commissioned GVA Ltd to conduct research to find out what people believe the impacts …

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26 January 2011

Nuclear Liability

Britain’s energy ministry proposed on Monday implementing a 1.2 billion euro ($1.63 billion) liability cost per nuclear site on generators to cover the consequences of accidents. The proposal aligns British law with a pan-European treaty signed in 2004, which set out that nuclear power station operators should face a minimum of 700 million euros in costs payable in case of an accident.

London South East 25th Jan 2011 more >>

World Nuclear News 25th Jan 2011 more

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25 January 2011

National Policy Statements

The U.K. government is preparing to submit to parliament a final list of sites suitable for new nuclear power stations, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary said Monday, clearing the way for a new nuclear fleet to help the country meet climate change obligations and keep the lights on.

Wall Street Journal 24th Jan 2011 more >>

Radiation Free Lakeland – Response to the Re-CONsultation National Policy Statements on Energy and Nuclear Power.

Radiation Free Lakeland 24th Jan 2011

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24 January 2011

Companies

Areva SA and the Saudi Binladin Group will sign a partnership agreement tonight in the nuclear and solar power industries, the French company’s Chief Executive Officer Anne Lauvergeon said today in Riyadh.

Bloomberg 23rd Jan 2011 more >>

Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he is hopeful about further talks on Iran’s nuclear program, while Israel says more negotiations would be a ‘‘waste of time’’

Reuters 23rd Jan 2011 more >>

China

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has …

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23 January 2011

Nuclear Liability

Nuclear operators will have to pay the first £1bn towards the cost of any accident in the UK – seven times more than the current cap on their liabilities – the government will propose tomorrow.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne told the Observer that he wanted to introduce the new rule to ensure that there would be no public subsidy for nuclear power. Currently, any operator of a nuclear site only has to pay the first £140m towards clean-up costs, with …

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22 January 2011

Bradwell

A fire has broken out at a disused nuclear power station in Essex. Twelve fire crews were called to the blaze in a condenser unit, measuring four by six metres, at Bradwell Power Station at about 1230 GMT. Assistant Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick, of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, said titanium rods were being broken down and caught fire. An Essex fire service spokesman said the blaze was brought under control by 1430 GMT. A spokeswoman from Bradwell Power …

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