News February 2012

29 February 2012

Hinkley

Occupiers calling themselves the barnstormers are being evicted right now (8.20am Wednesday 29th Feb) from the property called Langborough Barn at the proposed Hinkley Point C development site by energy giant EDF. Following the high court case on Monday, EDF have now been given possession of the property and the eviction has begun. Yesterday saw EDF trying to to evict the protest camp without any writ papers but fortunately the protestors were not taken in by their antics. Said campaigner …

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28 February 2012

Nuclear Safety

A 40-STRONG team at EDF Energy’s engineering headquarters in Barnwood has undertaken a massive operation to ensure that the UK’s nuclear power plants are the safest in the world. And last week the Gloucester base threw open its doors to explain the undertaking and reassure the public about the planned next generation of nuclear power stations. EDF set up the Japan Earthquake Response Programme team at Barnwood following the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011. …

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27 February 2012

Hinkley

This is the second film made about the occupation of Langborough Farm on the proposed site of Hinkley C – one of the new wave of nuclear power stations the coalition Government have given the go ahead for. It is a video diary made by one of the protestors, Theo Simon, and spans the first two weeks of the farm occupation. It includes visits from Mr Hurry, the man responsible for an emergency nuclear response, Tessa Munt, MP for Wells …

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26 February 2012

Opinion Polls

After Fukushima support for the technology in the UK tumbled by 11 percentage points to stand at a record low of 36 per cent last June, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI. “Always, when you get a major disaster, people instantly stand back with a lot of antipathy,” says Angelos Anastasiou, an analyst at Investec. “But it doesn’t usually last.” He’s right: in the UK and much of the rest of the world, it didn’t. Almost as quickly …

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25 February 2012

Radwaste

IT’S JUST like West Cumbria – only with lots more hot sunshine. That’s Carlsbad in New Mexico, a place where, when mining declined, nuclear took over. It was not exactly a rags-to-riches story, but billions of United States government dollars have since flowed into Carlsbad transforming the old mining town. The comparison with West Cumbria is significant: a once prosperous coalfield area until all the pits closed and where nuclear is now king, Carlsbad is home to WIPP, the world’s …

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24 February 2012

Radwaste

A study has called for a communications campaign to promote Cumbria if it decides to house a new underground nuclear repository. A series of consultation meetings are currently underway across the county into whether it wants to be considered as a site for the dump for higher-activity radioactive waste. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership commissioned two agencies – Sedley Place and The Communications Group – to look at what could be done to offset any risk of …

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23 February 2012

Nuclear Subsidy

Ahead of next month’s budget, business representatives are calling on the Chancellor to reduce taxes on carbon-emitting industries, support nuclear power and to merge the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and Climate Change Levy (CCL). The CBI’s director, John Cridland, has written to Number 11 with a shopping list of items he would like to see George Osborne announce in his Budget on 21 March. Near the top is a request for capital allowances to be applicable to investments in …

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22 February 2012

New Nukes

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Chair Councillor Brian Goodall has written today to the Chairs of the UK Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP, and the Public Administration Committee, Bernard Jenkin MP; to consider a new report that questions the information provided to Parliament when approving two of the National Policy Energy Statements.

NFLA Press Release 21st Feb 2012 more >>

Hinkley

On Saturday 10th March, there will be a peaceful action afternoon at Hinkley Point. The plan …

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21 February 2012

New Nukes

Centrica is seeking clarification from the Government on key financing and cost issues before making decisions about whether to continue its nuclear power partnership with EDF and build four new nuclear plants in Britain at an estimated cost of £20bn. The British Gas parent wants more details about how the Government’s electricity market reforms will affect the programme and is pressing for further guidance on the fiscal framework and the complex contracts for differences. It is also in detailed …

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20 February 2012

New Nukes

It is just David Cameron’s bad luck to have chosen to back a nuclear future for Britain at a moment when it is becoming increasingly unlikely that it will happen. And it is entirely appropriate that he should find himself doing so in Paris since that is where the fate of DECC’s nuclear policy will be determined. The idea of replacing Britain’s aging AGRs with Areva’s EPR was always inspired by a French government seeking to close an emerging …

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