A radiation expert has urged the county council to commission independent research before volunteering west Cumbria as a potential site for burying Britain’s nuclear waste. But the council’s cabinet decided yesterday to push ahead with an “expression of interest” in having a nuclear waste repository. Dr Ian Fairlie, a consultant on radioactivity who has advised the European Parliament, warned councillors to think carefully first. He pointed to research in Germany, which showed an increased incidence of cancers and leukaemias around nuclear installations.
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The Labour leadership team at Cumbria county council has agreed to make an “expression of interest” that would pinpoint an area around the Lake District as the most likely place for Britain’s first high-level nuclear waste dump. The controversial move was taken on a vote of the council’s inner cabinet amid allegations democracy was being stifled and despite a warning from a top scientist that new studies showed a link between atomic sites and incidents of cancer.
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French energy giant EDF has announced that it is planning to spend £22 billion in the UK over the next 12 years building four new nuclear plants. The French company wants to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point and has already been buying up land in Somerset. But soaring costs of components have pushed up the cost of the project by 25 per cent over the space of the past six months. However, the company is still confident the investment in nuclear power will make a profit and not require subsidies.
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The recruitment industry can fill a vital role in meeting the skills need to carry out multi billion nuclear contracts.
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A report, compiled by energy consultants Wood Mackenzie, found that £10 billion is needed to replace ageing generators with newer low-carbon alternatives. Cockenzie and Hunterston power stations are likely to be decommissioned in the next 10 years. The findings are likely to increase calls for the Scottish government to abandon its opposition to new nuclear plants. Some experts have questioned whether Scotland can achieve its ambitious targets without nuclear power.
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Commenting on the report that says Scotland can hit its renewable energy targets but that new nuclear power should still be considered WWF Scotland’s Director, Dr Richard Dixon, said “This report makes pessimistic assumptions about both growth in electricity consumption and the development of newer renewables, like wave and tidal power. Despite this it still concludes that Scotland can meet its renewables targets, making significant carbon cuts and creating new jobs. Scotland doesn’t need or want new nuclear stations. Any proposals here would be a huge financial distraction from developing the renewables. And since Torness is likely to be with us until at least 2028 there is plenty of time for renewables capacity to build up to replace it.”
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The Secretary of State for Scotland has welcomed a report published today by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) which recommends that nuclear power should be considered as part of the long-term energy generation base in Scotland.
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EdF now holds, or has been promised in line with its offer, about 88% of BE’s total share capital after shareholder acceptance of its September offer by this deadline. The firm’s subsidiary, Lake Acquisitions, has received acceptances for 62% of BE’s ordinary shares, on top of about 26% it already owns. That share would further rise to over 92% of BE’s enlarged share capital once all the deal’s conditions are fulfilled and the UK government can accept the offer through the Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF).
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Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford, said the UK will face shortages and high prices for electricity from 2020 when the current generation of coal-fired power stations and nuclear stations have to close down. He said the only way to avoid the problem it to invest in a new generation of power stations, including clean coal and nuclear, as well as renewables like wind and solar. In a report for think tank the Policy Exchange, Prof Helm looked at UK energy policy over the last few decades. He said that the current policy to subsidise renewables through the Renewables Obligation is failing because wind, solar and hydroelectric power cannot fill the impending energy gap.
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Consultant Hyder this week signalled its intention to move into the nuclear market. In the same week that former Atkins board director Ivor Catto, who sits on the ICE energy panel and has expertise in nuclear, starts as chief executive, Hyder announced a long-term strategic partnership with nuclear decommissioning specialist Bradtec.
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EDF plans to expand nuclear operations in the U.S. even if an offer to buy half the atomic business of Constellation Energy Group Inc. is rejected.
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A top Russian diplomat has hinted that his country’s extensive spying network believes Iran is not yet able to build a nuclear bomb.
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CLP Holdings, one of Hong Kong’s two electricity producers, said on Tuesday it is studying the feasibility of investing in two nuclear power plants with a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts.
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South African state utility Eskom has decided not to proceed with the first stage of its ambitious nuclear programme – the construction of the country’s second PWR – due to “the magnitude of the investment.”
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Amid tight security, a building at the Valley Works in rural Flintshire was quietly converted to a test centre where some of the world’s leading scientists would be set to work on something called ‘Tube Alloys’.
Although it may sound like a perfectly innocuous task, ‘Tube Alloys’ was, in fact, the code-name for the British nuclear weapon directorate. Valley was a government owned site that was so secret it was never even shown on maps of the area. It was the perfect place to house the project and, from there, these scientists led the world in their particular field for the next two years.
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A group of international dignitaries have launched a new campaign in Paris to eliminate nuclear weapons. Global Zero consists of 100 leading figures seeking practical steps towards nuclear abolition and gaining public support for that goal. They say the risk of nuclear weapons spreading to unstable countries or getting into the hands of extremist groups is too great.
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