Daily News Roundup

11 May 2006

New nukes

David Miliband arrives at Defra with a new team of ministers. As all political parties fight to claim the green agenda, John Vidal asks whether the changes are really designed to smooth the way for nuclear power Guardian 10th May 2006

A new independent report into the UK’s energy needs has claimed that climate change targets could be achieved without the use of …

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10 May 2006

CoRWM

The UK has still not developed a plan for disposing of its nuclear waste, says New Scientist magazine. So the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, cannot go ahead with a new nuclear power programme claiming that it has. An editorial in the 6 May edition of New Scientist argues that draft recommendations from the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), revealed last …

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9 May 2006

New nukes

The UK can meet its future energy needs and reduce climate polluting emissions, without resorting to nuclear power, according to a new report. The document commissioned by conservation organisation WWF, “The Balance of Power” by independent consultants ILEX, shows that by increasing renewable energy and cutting energy waste the power sector could actually reduce emissions by 55% by 2025.Ananova 9th May 2006

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8 May 2006

Iran

Iran stepped up its war of words with the west yesterday over its nuclear programme by threatening to abrogate the international treaty on nuclear weapons if a binding UN security council resolution is set against Tehran. Guardian 8th May 2006Scotsman 8th May 2006Herald, 8th May 2006C4 News 7th May 2006BBC 7th May 2006

Iran mocked Tony Blair …

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7 May 2006

UKAEA

Dipesh Shah, the chief executive of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, is plotting a management buyout of the public company, which has been valued at £450m. Shah is believed to have sounded out key members of staff and private equity backers for a bid. The UKAEA could also attract interest from trade buyers such as Bechtel of the US, Britain’s Amec, or the multinational CH2M …

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6 May 2006

Hinkley

EXTENSIVE monitoring of radiation levels on beaches near Hinkley Point nuclear power station has shown radiation levels are “within acceptable limits”, the Environment Agency revealed this week. Monitoring was stepped up last year after a member of the public took his own radiation readings at Kilve beach when his pet dog died after being exercised in the area.Bridgwater Mercury 6th May

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5 May 2006

India

The White House is facing serious obstacles in its bid to secure legislation approving its landmark civilian nuclear energy agreement with India. Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, this week met members of the Senate India caucus to boost support for the deal, which would allow India to receive nuclear technology and fuel for its civilian nuclear reactors. In exchange, India would place some facilities under international …

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4 May 2006

THORP

The operators of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria are to face a criminal prosecution over the leak of tonnes of radioactive material. THe Company denied the prosecution (due to begin 8th June) would scupper its sale in April 2007.Ananova 3rd May 2006BBC 3rd May 2006FT 4th May 2006 Times 4th May 2006 Daily Mail 4th May 2006 …

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3 May 2006

New nukes

Two months before Tony Blair announced a review on energy in November 2005, he convened a meeting at Chequers to discuss the issue. According to one Whitehall source, it was not only to discuss the forthcoming review but also to give the unofficial green light to nuclear power. If, as is widely suspected, a decision has effectively been made to go for a new generation of nuclear …

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2 May 2006

Torness

PEOPLE taking photographs outside Torness Power Station made up two of 18 security incidents reported at the Dunbar nuclear plant in the last three years. Details released by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security today revealed there have been two incidents that involved individuals taking photographs from outside the nuclear plant and two incidents relating to security guard staffing levels …

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