News March 2013

12 March 2013

Nuclear Liability

Antony Froggatt: Maximum liability is £140m in the UK, but Fukushima clean-up and compensation costs are running to tens of billions – and the state is footing the bill. 27 years after Chernobyl and two years after Fukushima, the proposed changes to the liability regimes are still to be adopted by the signatories of the international conventions. Consequently, in the UK, the current maximum that a nuclear operator is liable is still only £140m. The government is seeking to …

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11 March 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

EDF and the government remain locked in talks over price subsidies that are seen as crucial for the energy firm’s proposed nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point. The French firm said that negotiations have “taken longer than expected” but that it is working to finalise a deal by the end of the month. Both EDF and the Department for Energy and Climate Change refused to comment on reports over the weekend that an agreement was imminent. The company is …

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10 March 2013

Nuclear Subsidy

The Government is understood to have agreed a 35-year subsidy to French energy group EDF to build the first in a new wave of nuclear power stations. Although there are still risks that talks could break down – EDF even warned in a recent internal memo that the deal was not guaranteed to go through – this is one of a series of advancements in the nuclear programme. On 19 March, the day before the Budget, the Environment Secretary, …

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9 March 2013

Sellafield

Friends of the Earth reveals today a catalogue of safety failures over nuclear waste at Sellafield and £millions wasted. A new FoE Briefing ‘Towards a safer Cumbria’ shows how regulators have lowered safety standards and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has created yet more waste instead of ‘focusing squarely on the nuclear legacy’, its original mission. Mike Childs, Head of Research & Policy at Friends of the Earth said: ‘Sellafield is making a pig’s ear out of clearing up the mess …

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8 March 2013

Towards a Safer Cumbria

Friends of the Earth has published a report which catalogues saftey failures over nuclear waste at Sellafield and £millions wasted. A new FoE Briefing ‘Towards a safer Cumbria’ shows how regulators have lowered safety standards and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has created yet more waste instead of ‘focusing squarely on the nuclear legacy’, its original mission.

Mike Childs, Head of Research & Policy at Friends of the Earth said:

“Sellafield is making a pig’s ear out of clearing up the mess from their …

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8 March 2013

Hinkley

Austria could be badly contaminated by radioactive pollution from a serious accident at the new nuclear power station proposed for Hinkley Point in Someset, the country’s environment agency has warned. The Austrian government’s Umweltbundesamt has lodged a formal objection to the application to build the station by the French power company, EDF Energy. The dangers of a worst-case accident should be assessed before the plant is given the go-ahead, it says. The Vienna agency’s 39-page submission concludes that the environmental …

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7 March 2013

New Nukes

“Intense” was the word Henri Proglio, chief executive of EDF, chose last month to describe the company’s talks with the British government over building the UK’s first nuclear power plant in a generation. The French energy giant had just been dealt a body blow by HM Treasury: an offer of a subsidy far below the level EDF felt necessary to spend £14bn building reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Yesterday, however, an internal EDF memo emerged showing the talks …

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6 March 2013

Hinkley

THERE is growing tension surrounding the Hinkley C project amid reports talks between EDF Energy and the Government over the price to be paid for the energy generated have reached “crisis point”. A planning decision on Hinkley C will be announced before March 19, with Energy Secretary Ed Davey firmly expected to give the thumbs-up.

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A dead parrot?

This March the nuclear renaissance has a whiff of dead parrot about it. Negotiations over the guaranteed price EDF hopes to receive for Hinkley seem to have hit the buffers. The Telegraph says talks are at “crisis point” and heading for failure. The BBC’s Robert Peston says the dispute seems “more serious than the Treasury’s habitual battles with the private sector” over subsidies. EDF is scaling back spending on Hinkley “until there is greater clarity around its negotiations …

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5 March 2013

Nuclear Subsidies

Talks between EDF Energy and the Government over building Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation are at “crisis point” and could fail within weeks because of deadlock over subsidies for the project. Tim Yeo MP, chairman of the Energy Select Committee, warned of the problems as EDF said it was scaling back spending on its £14bn project for reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset “until there is greater clarity around its negotiations with the Government”. This would …

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