MPs will vote on 18 July on renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system, David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron, speaking at the Nato summit in Warsaw, said he believed the vote would confirm support for replacing the full fleet of four submarines. The PM said Trident was an “essential deterrent” to both Britain’s security and the overall security of Nato. Labour is currently considering the party’s stance on Trident, which leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap. Its internal review of Labour’s defence policy will keep open the possibility of retaining Trident, BBC Newsnight understands. It is expected to suggest five tests which nuclear weapons must satisfy.
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An internal review of Labour’s defence policy will keep open the possibility of Britain retaining a nuclear weapons system, BBC’s Newsnight understands. The review is considering the party’s stance on the renewal of Trident – Britain’s nuclear deterrent – which leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap. It is expected to suggest five tests which nuclear weapons must satisfy. Newsnight understands Mr Corbyn has accepted its draft conclusions – which could be formally debated in September. A Labour spokesman said it would be for party members to decide the party’s policy programme.
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THE SNP has warned of a Brexit-style backlash if Westminster imposes another generation of nuclear weapons on the Clyde against Scotland’s wishes. David Cameron yesterday confirmed the crunch vote on the £200bn successor programme to Trident would be on July 18. Speaking at a Nato summit in Warsaw, the Prime Minister said the Commons would be asked to back the renewal of all four nuclear submarines capable of providing around-the-clock cover.
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The energy watchdog is considering launching a “customer lifeboat” amid rising concern about the potential collapse of a welter of new electricity and gas suppliers. The industry has been overrun with challengers to the “big six” energy giants. Since December 2014 the number of household suppliers has risen from 26 to 44, equivalent to one new company joining the market every month. The big six have seen their market share fall from 99% to 83% since 2012. The rise of new competitors has been welcomed by politicians and campaigners but has caused alarm at the regulator, Ofgem. It is worried that a “gratuitous failure” could damage confidence in the industry and leave customers out of pocket. Ofgem last month launched a consultation on how best to deal with supplier insolvency. The watchdog is understood to be particularly concerned about companies that take payment up front. Most suppliers bill their customers after energy is used.
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Last Saturday while I was out for a walk on Latter Rig, there was a plume of thick black smoke curling round the Duddon Estuary from the west coast. The first stomache plummeting thought was ‘something’s happened at Sellafield’. The fire turned out to have been at a garage in Haverigg. people were told to stay indoors and the nearby holiday park was evacuated. The fire needed 8 engines from across the region to bring it under control. This got me thinking about the risks at Sellafield. Even without the Moorside plan going ahead there are multiple risks ranging from a large gas plant and gas pipeline on the site, to large amounts of heat generating liquid radioactive wastes, nitric and sulphuric acids. A release during a fire of just one percent of the Highly Active Liquid wastes resulting from reprocessing would be devastating to our European neighbours.
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After receiving a tip from an employee at the Palisades Nuclear Generating Station, the I-Team is now confirming several security officers at the plant have been placed on paid administrative leave. The employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells Newschannel 3’s I-Team there’s some concern about security at the plant with the absence of the guards. A spokesperson for Entergy, the parent company of Palisades, acknowledged an ongoing investigation into the matter resulting in the guards being placed on paid leave, but denied any change of security levels in or around the plant.
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Back in 2006, nuclear power was just starting to make its way back into the headlines – not as the dirty, dangerous power source that had brought about disaster at Chernobyl but as a clean, green solution to the growing problem of climate change. Back then, Vicki thought she was making a film about the comeback of nuclear power, of why and how it was happening. Fast forward to 2016 and things look a little different. The accident at Fukushima had a major impact on global confidence in nuclear – and nowhere more so than in Germany – but other factors, particularly economic ones, have also played their part in the stuttering renaissance. Just look at the pickle the UK government and EDF are in right now over plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in Britain in over 20 years, at Hinkley Point in Somerset. But many people still fervently believe in nuclear power and the promises made for it. And yet at the same time of course, many other people remain vehemently, passionately opposed. costs will come to around £20,000. We will be able to claim back 25% of these costs in the form of the UK film tax credit but are looking to crowdfunding, to all the people who’ve helped us get to this stage, as well as to new supporters who are excited by the film, to help raise the rest of the money to cover these vital final costs. If everyone who has ever donated before gave just £10, we would reach 85% of our target. If we exceed our target, every penny will get us closer to paying for the archive, music, graphics and other costs involved in finally bringing this huge labour-of-love to the screen.
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France’s nuclear regulator ASN (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire) has asked Areva NC to increase its oversight of evaporators at the La Hague nuclear fuel processing facility in northern France after greater levels of corrosion than expected were discovered earlier this year. In February 2016, ASN asked Areva NC to increase its supervision of the units and install isolation facilities and advanced detection systems to limit the consequences of a leak or rupture. ASN has now imposed a number of additional measures, including asking Areva NC to define the criteria that would necessitate permanent shutdown of the evaporators, such as the minimum thickness of their walls. ASN said Areva NC must strengthen controls and checks on the thickness of the evaporator walls. There should be increased monitoring of maintenance shutdowns and plans must be prepared to deal with any emergency resulting from the development of a hole in an evaporator. Results of all tests must be compiled in reports to be sent to ASN twice a year, ASN said.
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This week’s Micro Power News with news of several community energy share offers.
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One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city. 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed the ‘Walkie Talkie’, scored 80.2% on the BREEAM rating system, which helps assess the sustainability of buildings and construction. Developed by Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities, the skyscraper was constructed using a number of sustainably sourced materials and has green energy installations in place to mitigate CO2 emissions. The 160m tall building, noticeable for its distinctive, top heavy design, employs solar PV panels on the roof which generate an estimated 27,300kWh of electricity each year. The building also features the first hydrogen fuel cell to be installed on a commercial building in the City of London.
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