News February 2012

9 February 2012

Dounreay

Anti-nuclear campaigners in Cumbria have reacted with fury to plans to empty Dounreay’s stockpile of nuclear fuel by sending it all to the Sellafield reprocessing complex. A start to the transfer by rail of 44 tonnes of spent fuel used in the site’s reactor is due to get underway this summer. This week, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority launched a consultation on plans to do the same with other similar material stored at the Caithness plant. If the proposal is approved, …

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8 February 2012

Hinkley

PROTESTORS concerned about the clearing of plantlife near Hinkley Point by the site’s operator EDF Energy have scaled a tree near the power plant and are refusing to come down. It is understood the three men climbed the tree in the early hours of this morning and have refused requests from EDF security staff to leave. Theo Simon, from the South West Against Nuclear group, is in touch with the protestors who have scaled the tree.

Bridgwater Mercury 7th Feb 2012

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7 February 2012

Politics

Energy Secretary Ed Davey performed a spectacular U-turn on nuclear power last night – as he declared he would not block plans for a new generation of reactors. Liberal Democrat Mr Davey was appointed to the Cabinet post on Friday after Chris Huhne resigned to fight criminal charges. In the past, Mr Davey has condemned nuclear power as dangerous and expensive. As Lib Dem trade and industry spokesman in 2006 Mr Davey was the architect of the party’s anti-nuclear policy. …

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6 February 2012

Radwaste

These slides show the mind boggling comparison between the international guidelines being followed in other countries attempting geological disposal and the completely unsuitable mountainous and complex geology of Cumbria. Here is the pdf slideshow of the talk given by Professor David Smythe to 200 people at Cockermouth on 2nd Feb.

Radiation Free Lakeland 5th Feb 2012 more >>

Winfrith

STRIKE action could be on the horizon at the former Winfrith nuclear site. Members of the Prospect Union, representing professional engineers, have …

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5 February 2012

Radwaste

A multi-million pound project that would have led to radioactive waste being buried along the North Ayrshire coastline has been abandoned in the face of protests by local residents and environmentalists. Investigations into a £3.2 million plan to bury large amounts of radioactive graphite underground at Hunterston have been suspended by the UK Government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The area is said to be vulnerable to coastal erosion. Now the graphite waste will be stored in a huge engineered storage …

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4 February 2012

Fast Reactors

Japan’s long and expensive pursuit of a super-efficient nuclear reactor — a model once touted as the key to its energy future — now teeters on the brink of failure amid new government concerns about its runaway costs. The four-decade project to develop a so-called fast-breeder reactor has consumed more than $13 billion in funding, so far producing only accidents, controversies and a single hour of electricity. The government last month decided on sharp budget cuts for the project, …

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3 February 2012

Plutonium

Monbiot: Duncan Clark’s article in the Guardian today should cause even the most determined anti-nuclear campaigner to think long and hard about the choices that confront us. He reveals that Prof David MacKay, chief scientific adviser to the UK government’s energy department and author of Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air, has endorsed a remarkable estimate. The UK’s stockpile of nuclear waste could be used to generate enough low-carbon energy to run this country for 500 years. GE Hitachi has …

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2 February 2012

New Nukes

Can the UK achieve its carbon targets without nuclear power? : The government is wrong to claim that the UK cannot do without nuclear power, says a new report. Leo Hickman, with your help, investigates.

Guardian 1st Feb 2012 more >>

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) ‘misled’ MPs by claiming new nuclear was needed to meet the UK’s increasing energy needs, according to a new report. The report Corruption of Governance has been produced for the …

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1 February 2012

New Nukes

Ministers misled parliament over the need to build a new fleet of nuclear power stations, distorting evidence and presenting to MPs a false summary of the analysis they had commissioned, a group of MPs and experts alleged in a report published on Tuesday.

Guardian 31st Jan 2012 more >>

Corruption of Governance – Full Report.

ACE 31st Jan 2012 more >>

Plutonium

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s Prism fast reactor would be a “game–‐changer” for the UK, said Eric Loewen, the …

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