News June 2011

30 June 2011

New Nukes

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has informed Westinghouse that it has agreed to close a ‘regulatory issue’ raised against its AP1000 reactor design. The regulatory issue, opened in February 2010 by ONR’s predecessor organisation (HSE’s Nuclear Directorate) concerned the AP1000’s civil structures, which were assessed by the regulator as part of the Generic Design Assessment, run jointly by ONR and the Environment Agency. ONR has judged that although there are still design issues with the civil structures, progress …

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29 June 2011

Electricity Market Reform

The Treasury says that the Finance Bill will put up consumer energy bills and deliver almost £1 billion of windfall profits for existing nuclear reactor operators. All major parties have promised not to support new subsidies for nuclear power. Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are calling on the Government to introduce a windfall tax on windfall profits to existing nuclear and renewable operators. If the Government does not, we are calling for MPs to support amendment 12 …

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28 June 2011

Electricity Market Reform

A green ‘stealth’ tax to encourage new wind farms and nuclear power plants could push tens of thousands of households into fuel poverty but do nothing to reduce emissions. The carbon floor price, announced in the March Budget, could even end up giving climate policies a ‘bad name’, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has warned. To be introduced in 2013, the tax is intended to encourage investment in low-carbon energy – and raise billions for …

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27 June 2011

Radwaste

The most persuasive PR stunts are dressed up in suits and paid for by the unwitting taxpayer. Last Monday’s “geology seminar” at Whitehaven was a brilliant example of nasty spin from a government who wants new nuke plants and needs to be seen to have ‘solved’ the nuclear waste problem.

Northern Indymedia 26th June 2011 more >>

Book Review

Contesting the future of Nuclear power: Benjamin Sovacool, World Scientific. Dave Elliot says As someone who has been very critical of nuclear …

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26 June 2011

Nuclear Costs

In April, I debunked a piece by journalist Mark Lynas (see “Lynas pens error-riddled, cost-less nuke op-ed”). I also said I’d do a longer post about one particular myth he repeated: In the 1970s it looked as if nuclear power was going to play a much bigger role than eventually turned out to be the case. What happened was Three Mile Island, and the birth of an anti-nuclear movement that stopped dozens of half-built or proposed reactors…. Just as …

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25 June 2011

National Policy Statements

The UK is pushing ahead with its nuclear expansion policy despite public opposition in the wake of the ongoing Japanese nuclear crisis at Fukushima. The Government published its finalised Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) yesterday, confirming eight possible sites for new nuclear power stations by 2025 as part of its nuclear strategy. FoE called the nuclear expansion plan an “expensive gamble. We can meet our energy needs by investing in energy efficiency and developing the UK’s vast potential …

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24 June 2011

New Nuclear: delays & costs increases

The commercial start of Britain’s first new reactors will be delayed and costs to build new stations are expected to rise, chief executives of two major UK nuclear investors said on Thursday. ‘There will be a delay, we just don’t know by how (long),’ Centrica Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw said at a conference in London. Centrica is in partnership with EDF Energy, Britain’s largest nuclear operator, to build four new nuclear power reactors in Britain. …

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23 June 2011

National Policy Statements

Energy secretary Chris Huhne will today confirm that the Government wants to press ahead with new nuclear power stations at eight sites. The Government will also publish a wider national policy statements for nuclear energy. The publication before summer was vital to allow progress on the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley in Somerset where plans to start building are most advanced. Developer EDF intends to submit a planning application in October, but could not do this until …

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22 June 2011

New Nukes

The Government has today been forced to remove a controversial clause from its new Energy Bill which could have made the nuclear industry eligible for bailouts following opposition from Conservative and Lib Dem MPs. Ministers argued that the clause – highlighted by Friends of the Earth in April – was essential because it reduced risk for those investing in nuclear power. Friends of the Earth and others said it didn’t reduce risk, it simply transferred it from nuclear …

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21 June 2011

Hinkley

To fight the plans for new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point, please object to EDF’s preliminary works. You can find details and post your comments on the West Somerset Council’s website.

West Somerset June 2011 more >>

Short film about Fukushima, Hinkley and the renewable alternatives which Stop Hinkley and Greenpeace have submitted for showing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

You Tube 10th June 2011 more >>

Opinion Polls

In the wake of new nuclear power plant build rebukes …

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