If they were to take out a classified ad, it would read something like this: “Wanted: safe, willing home for 40,000 metric tons of nuclear waste. Must be Canadian. Phone for details.” That’s what’s on offer from Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization, the entity charged with finding a site for the spent fuel produced by the country’s 22 nuclear reactors. While they don’t advertise in newspapers, NWMO officials have been making public presentations to make communities aware that they’re looking for appropriate candidates to be considered as hosts for the radioactive materials.
Christian Science Monitor 10th Dec 2009 more >>
When it comes to the people making promises on behalf of nuclear power, can any of them be taken at their word? When it comes to Ed Miliband, the UK’s environment minister, we’re not so sure. Speaking in Parliament last month, Miliband said we are not going to provide public subsidy for the construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power stations. That sounds pretty definite to us. But if that’s the case, why has he refused to answer the ‘question on whether the nuclear power industry would be given an insurance indemnity subsidy from taxpayers’?
Greenpeace Nuclear Reactions 11th Dec 2009 more >>
The closure of end-of-life nuclear and coal power stations is coinciding with ambitious commitments to reduce both carbon emissions and the demise of North Sea gas. Whatever replaces our current generating capacity has to provide affordable, reliable and low-carbon fuel – an energy trilemma. This seventh article in a series of 10 looks at where nuclear electricity generation fits into the trilemma debate.
Telegraph 11th Dec 2009 more >>
The nuclear industry does seem to be having bad luck. Its flagship new projects, the European Pressurised water Reactors (EPRs) being built in Finland and France, are both well behind schedule and seriously over-budget, with a range of construction problems and errors pushing up costs and putting completion years away. For example the estimated final costs for Olkiluoto 3 in Finland have risen from 3bn to 4.5bn and the completion date has been put back from 2009 to 2012. The second plant, at Flamanville in France, is already 9 months behind schedule, and is not now expected to begin operation until 2013, rather than 2012 as originally hoped. The cost of the power produced by it will be around 20% more than planned- around 55/MWh instead of the 46 announced when the project was launched in May 2006.
Environment Research Web 12th Dec 2009 more >>
OPPOSITION to a new nuclear power station near Oldbury is growing. People living near land earmarked for the development have launched their own campaign against government proposals to build another power station on the banks of the River Severn. Almost 150 residents from Shepperdine, Oldbury, Thornbury and the surrounding area are joining forces to fight plans that could see energy giant E.ON build a power station plus cooling towers next to the existing Oldbury nuclear plant.
Gloucestershire Gazette 11th Dec 2009 more >>
The antinuclear ‘World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2009’ underrates the significance and popularity of plant life extension and uprate programmes, and the enthusiasm for nuclear power in Asia.
Nuclear Engineering International 11th Dec 2009 more >>
Two workers at the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness were treated for exposure to radioactive material, it has been revealed. The incident happened inside the site’s dome in July.
BBC 11th Dec 2009 more >>
Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants to generate electricity, its foreign minister said on Saturday, underlining Tehran’s determination to press ahead with work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.
Yahoo 12th Dec 2009 more >>
Taiwan is probing allegations that local companies might have sold specialised equipment to Iran that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
Yahoo 12th Dec 2009 more >>
The White House Friday echoed the EU’s “grave concerns” over Iran’s nuclear program, warning the Islamic republic will face “credible consequences” if it continues to defy the international community.
EU Business 11th Dec 2009 more >>
French power groups EDF and GDF Suez have divided roles for if they win a multi-billion-dollar deal to build at least two nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi, GDF Suez’s head said on Friday.
Reuters 11th Dec 2009 more >>
U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) in partnership with Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, and Confederation of Indian Industry brought a key U.S. Commercial Nuclear Mission to India for talks with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on commercial implementation of US-India commercial nuclear accord.
Energy Business Review 10th Dec 2009 more >>
North Korea has agreed to “narrow its differences” with the US over its nuclear arsenal, raising hopes that it could return to stalled nuclear disarmament talks early next year.
Telegraph 12th Dec 2009 more >>
Guardian 12th Dec 2009 more >>
Labour backbencher Siobhain McDonagh has admitted her frustration with the government over its ongoing reluctance to compensate Britain’s nuclear test veterans. The Mitcham and Morden MP secured Commons time to debate the issue yesterday evening, forcing defence minister Kevan Jones to explain his position to MPs.
Politics.co.uk 11th Dec 2009 more >>
WORK to dismantle Britain’s redundant nuclear submarines would be “significantly less hazardous” than processes already carried out at Devonport Dockyard, the Naval Base Commander has said.
Western Morning News 11th Dec 2009 more >>
Early in 2007, Lloyd’s Register began research into the implications of nuclear propulsion for merchant ships. This initiative was built on Lloyd’s Register’s extensive experience in the traditional nuclear industries and from studies which led to the formation of its Rules for the Nuclear Propulsion of Ships.
Lloyds Register 10th Dec 2009 more >>
So as we career towards a mediocre outcome in Copenhagen, why do roughly half the people in this country not believe in man-made climate change, when the overwhelming majority of scientists do?
Guardian 12th Dec 2009 more >>