News February 2012

19 February 2012

Radwaste

In friday’s Times and Star on page 7 there is an unobtrusive item tucked in the Cockermouth Town Council Notices. Item number 11 is sandwiched in-between “pot hole repairs” and “permission to use memorial gardens.” Former Allerdale Borough Councillor and Seaton Parish Councillor Joe Sandwith describes it as “The most important decision Cockermouth Town Council has ever made or is ever likely to make.” Item number 11 in the Town Council notices describes “Cockermouth Town Council voted against going to …

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18 February 2012

New Nukes

Britain’s energy future starts in Paris with David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy signing formal agreements for the UK and France to work together on nuclear power. Attention will soon shift to a 500-hectare (1,250-acre) plot in Somerset where the French state energy giant EDF hopes to start work on Hinkley C. If all goes to plan, the first nuclear power station to be built in Britain since 1995 will generate 2,000MW of electricity a year by 2018-2019. The reality …

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17 February 2012

New Nukes

The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy. The government says it reiterates the UK’s commitment to nuclear energy “as part of a diversified energy mix”. The coalition says the agreement will create a number of commercial deals in the nuclear energy field, worth more than £500m and creating 1,500 UK jobs.

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France24 17th Feb

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16 February 2012

Hinkley

A furious row has broken out between a council and developers which could potentially see the authority unrepresented at planning hearings for the first of Britain’s new nuclear plants. The row is over the cost of scrutinising the massive planning application for Hinkley C power station in Somerset. Unless it is resolved, Sedgemoor District Council says it will not have the information to assess EDF Energy’s proposals and there could be empty chairs at Infrastructure Planning Commission hearings. The council …

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15 February 2012

Nuclear Costs

The largest factor in rising nuclear new-build costs is uncertainty caused by insufficient numbers of new-build projects. Those regions that are building many new plants now stand to gain the most in the new-build market of the future.

Nuclear Engineering International 14th Feb 2012 more >>

New Nukes

A GLOBAL renaissance in nuclear power offers a fantastic opportunity for North-East engineering, a former Business Minister said on a visit to the region. Lord Hutton yesterday visited Darchem, based at Stillington, …

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14 February 2012

Sellafield

Britain’s biggest single nuclear project has run into serious trouble, with missed deadlines and cost overruns threatening the future of the nuclear reprocessing operation at Sellafield in Cumbria. Nuclear authorities have ordered a review of a monumental construction project at Sellafield that is millions of pounds over budget and more than four years late following a series of delays and financial mismanagement. The “Evaporator D” project was originally estimated to cost £90m and was due to be completed as early …

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13 February 2012

Hinkley

Protesters have set up camp in an abandoned farm on the site of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. They are angry West Somerset Council has given EDF Energy the go-ahead for preparatory work before planning permission has been granted.

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Morning Star 12th Feb 2012 more >>

Construction Enquirer 13th Feb 2012 more >>

Western Morning News 13th Feb 2012

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12 February 2012

Wylfa

THE debate over a new nuclear power station in North Wales exposed a rift in the Plaid Cymru leadership battle yesterday. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas accused his two rivals of undermining a campaign to secure Wylfa B on Anglesey and hundreds of skilled jobs. The clash came as the three contenders started a phase of hustings and meetings with party members across Wales in the race to succeed Ieuan Wyn Jones. Both Ceredigion AM Elin Jones and South Wales Central AM …

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11 February 2012

Radwaste

A CONSULTATION which will determine if West Cumbria takes part in a search for the location of an underground store for the UK’s nuclear waste is drawing to a close. Article examines some of the wider issues surrounding the proposed facility.

NW Evening Mail 10th Feb 2012 more >>

Kendal Museum will be holding an exhibition of specially created artworks based on Lakeland Geology. Lakeland geology is of intense interest as it is being considered for the geological disposal …

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10 February 2012

Radwaste

PLANS have been announced for a large scale opinion survey to find out what people in West Cumbria think about the possibility of a nuclear waste repository being sited here. It will fall short of the referendum which Arlecdon resident Peter Fox called for at the recent public consultation meeting in Whitehaven. MORI has been commissioned by the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership to carry out a “statistically representative” poll by telephone around March 8. MORI will call …

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