News August 2012

31 August 2012

Radwaste

MOST West Cumbrian parish councils are still against any search being made in the area for a suitable site to bury highly radioactive nuclear waste. And with Cumbria County, Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils set to make the crucial decision (on October 11), the Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is calling for the three local authorities to hold back until more is known about geology. Chairman of CALC, Copeland Tory councillor Keith Hitchen, said: “This is a key decision …

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30 August 2012

EMR

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is considering using a price band rather than a single strike price for its contract for difference (CFD) mechanism to guarantee revenues to low-carbon power projects. The CFD is a central part of the UK government’s electricity market reform, now in the legislative process, and is aimed at effectively fixing power sales prices for new nuclear power plants, offshore wind farms, biomass firing and other low-carbon generation. Decc’s plan involves the …

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29 August 2012

Radwaste

Engineering and technology company Frazer-Nash has secured a framework contract with the Environment Agency as part of its quality checking activities for radiological waste. Working as part of a consortium of other companies led by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Frazer-Nash will be putting forward a team of experienced and independent environmental auditors to support the Environment Agency in their regulation of radiological waste producers’ sites in England and Wales. Frazer-Nash’s audit work will include risk and compliance auditing – …

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28 August 2012

Germany

The two largest electricity utilities in Germany – E.ON and RWE – have declared they will build no more fossil fuel generation plants because they are not needed, challenging a widespread belief that the phasing out of nuclear in Europe’s most industrialised economy will require more coal-fired generation to be built. Both E.ON and RWE say the rapid expansion of renewable energy, particularly solar but also wind, would make up for the loss of capacity from nuclear. “We won’t be …

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27 August 2012

Germany

After the government last year decided immediately to close eight of the country’s 17 nuclear reactors after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, German utilities have been at the vanguard of the job cuts wave. Only weeks after that decision midyear, Eon said it would shed up to 11,000 of 80,000 jobs worldwide to cut costs. RWE fell into step this summer when it said it would cut 2,400 posts as plunging European demand for electricity and gas left first-half profits stagnant. This …

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26 August 2012

Radwaste

Today in Carlisle in the pouring rain – monitored by Special Branch who introduced themselves most cordially (not kidding!) Radiation Free Lakeland provided the public with their only chance to vote. “Do you want a nuclear dump under Cumbria?” 200 people vote NO 6 vote YES The ONLY public vote to take place reveals a convincing 97% against the government plan for a nuclear dump under the Silloth or Eskdale area or any other “most promising site” in West Cumbria’s …

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25 August 2012

Radwaste

Nuclear Waste Disposal – the Partnership report condensed.

Whitehaven News 24th Aug 2012 more >>

An underground nuclear dump in West Cumbria would be about the size of Workington, a report has revealed. West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership, which published its final report this week, said it would take at least 15 years to find a site. Twenty-five per cent of West Cumbria has already been ruled out as unsuitable for an underground nuclear waste dump, the report …

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24 August 2012

Radwaste

OCTOBER 11 is D-day for deciding whether a massive underground nuclear waste repository might be built in the area. That is the day when Cumbria County Council and Copeland and Allerdale borough councils say yes or no to the question of trying to find somewhere suitable for burying high-level waste. The decision is in the hands of a relatively small number of councillors on the two borough council Executives and the county council’s Cabinet. All the meetings (which will be …

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23 August 2012

Horizon

Ministers yesterday denied they will limit the size of any Chinese stake in the stalled new reactor at Oldbury on Gloucestershire because of security fears. Some MPs and energy experts have expressed concerns about Chinese involvement in Horizon Nuclear Power. As the Daily Press has reported, that is the vehicle for developing new nuclear at Oldbury, and also Wylfa, on Anglesey, in North Wales.

Western Daily Press 22nd Aug 2012 more >>

Radwaste

Anti-nuclear protesters will take to the streets of …

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22 August 2012

EMR

A group of Lords has expressed “serious doubts” over whether the government can deliver its aim of a long-term competitive market for generators of both renewable and non-renewable electricity under the draft Energy Bill.

E2B Pulse 16th Aug 2012 more >>

EDF Energy

Few subjects spark such a strong reaction as the mention of nuclear power. Some see it as a dangerous threat, others hail it as the answer to our growing need for renewable energy. We asked Gwen Parry Jones, …

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