UK ministers have been accused by one of their former advisers of ignoring official advice on the disposal of nuclear waste in order to pave the way for a new programme of nuclear power stations. Pete Wilkinson, a member of the government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), has also praised the Scottish Executive for boycotting the latest public consultation on plans to bury the waste deep underground.
Sunday Herald 12th August 2007 more >>
Test explosion are being carried out on giant cooling towers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria. The controlled blasts on Saturday will bring the demolition of the four cooling towers a step closer.
BBC 11th August 2007 more >>
A giant eco-city must be built on reclaimed land along the Thames estuary between Docklands and the Medway towns to alleviate overcrowding in London and boost the capital’s economic competitiveness, former Conservative cabinet minister John Redwood will argue this week. The ‘Thames Gateway’ is already Europe’s largest housing project, with a string of new developments under way and 160,000 homes promised by 2016. But Redwood wants to see more than a quarter of a million homes built, clustered together as a brand new city, with an extra 3m square metres of commercial space.
Observer 12th August 2007 more >>