The Scottish Government, responding to the UK Government’s consultation on nuclear power, has formally rejected new nuclear power stations saying they were dangerous and unnecessary. Energy Minister Jim Mather said the billions of pounds earmarked for nuclear power could be used on renewable technologies.
BBC 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Scotsman 10th Oct 2007 more >>
Scottish Government Press Release 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Jim Mather says: THE UK government is “consulting” on the future of nuclear power, despite already making up its mind to allow new nuclear stations. Such developments would be costly, harmful to the environment and ultimately unnecessary. Here’s why. We have a wealth of clean electricity-generation opportunities.
Scotsman 10th Oct 2007 more >>
Scottish ministers have claimed widespread public support for their view that new nuclear power stations would be “dangerous and unnecessary”.
ICScotland 9th Oct 2007 more >>
The Government must invest in safe, clean renewable energy, rather than a new generation of nuclear power stations, Friends of the Earth said today. Today (Weds 10 Oct) is the 50th anniversary of the fire at the Windscale nuclear reactor  in Cumbria AND the final day of the UK Government’s nuclear consultation on whether the UK should build another programme of nuclear power stations which would operate for the next 50 years.
Friends of the Earth Press Release 10th Oct 2007 more >>
Government nuclear consultation reaches submission deadline – Greenpeace responds; Environmental group says public ‘wilfully misled’; files official complaint over consultation process On the day before the Government’s consultation on the future of nuclear power in the UK comes to an end, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK said: ‘The Government has got it seriously wrong yet again. This consultation has been wilfully misleading, flawed.
M2.com 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Greenpeace Press Release 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Mr Mather told the wind energy industry annual conference in Glasgow that supporters of nuclear power argued it was needed to meet energy needs and a reduction in emissions. “We feel those claims are desperate and hollow, particularly in the Scottish context,” said Mr Mather.
Herald 10th Oct 2007 more >>
The British government’s legally forced public consultation on whether it should give the green light to a new fleet of nuclear power stations to fight global warming ends on Wednesday with the process deep in controversy. By coincidence, Wednesday is also the 50th anniversary of Britain’s worst nuclear accident when the reactor core at the Windscale plant in north western England caught fire sending a plume of radioactive material across the country.
Christian Today 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Britain has no shortage of companies lining up to build a new generation of nuclear reactors, if given the go-ahead, but finding enough workers and all the components may prove a bigger challenge. Britain faces a looming power shortage as old nuclear, gas and coal stations reach the end of their lives, and “new nuclear” is one of the few realistic options to fill the gap without boosting climate-damaging CO2.
Reuters 9th Oct 2007 more >>
Jean McSorley writes: What the secrecy and reassurances about the health effects could not do was to remove the growing doubts about the risks of nuclear technology – the military and civil links, and the political cover-ups that take precedence over the public’s right to know. That first nuclear alarm that sounded in the public consciousness still resonates today.
Guardian 10th Oct 2007