The Lakes are well known for Lakeland springs flowing from leaky geology. Leaky geology is brilliant for Lakeland springs but disastrous as a geological barrier to prevent high level nuclear wastes percolating to the top. Tomorrow, to coincide with Keswick Film Festival’s screening of the award winning film ‘Into Eternity’ a petition is being launched to strongly oppose the geological dumping of radioactive wastes in Cumbria. The petition has been authored by Radiation Free Lakeland in partnership with West Cumbria and North Lakes Friends of the Earth, North Cumbria Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Carlisle, Cumbria Action on Climate Change and Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment.
Northern Indymedia 11th Feb 2011 more >>
French oil major Total SA (TOT) would be happy to partner with French state-controlled power giant Electricite de France SA (EDF.FR) on international nuclear projects, Total’s head of gas and power division Philippe Boisseau said Friday.
Wall Street Journal 11th Feb 2011 more >>
A union representing white-collar nuclear workers at Sellafield has welcomed a Government plan to create a new watchdog for the industry. Ministers want to form a new body called the Office for Nuclear Regulation. It would carry out regulatory functions currently overseen by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII), the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) and the UK Safeguards Office (UKSO), which are part of the Health and Safety Executive.
Cumberland News 11th Feb 2011 more >>
Some Brits have – perhaps understandable – reservations about the building of nuclear power plants in their local area. The technology hasn’t always received the best press over the years, usually only hitting the headlines when a disaster like that of the mid-1980s in Chernobyl occurs.
U-Switch 10th Feb 2011 more >>
Outages of nuclear power plants — which provide around 17 percent of UK power generation — were unchanged on Friday, with the Dungeness B21 and Hunterston B-7 reactors still out of service. Latest National Grid plant availability forecasts showed the reactors would not reconnect over the coming fortnight. The 550-MW Dungeness B-22 unit is due to disconnect from the grid on Feb. 19.
Reuters 11th Feb 2011 more >>
A new Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College is playing a major role in training the workforce required for the low carbon energy industries in the South West of England, especially with the building of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset on the horizon.
Works Management 11th Feb 2011 more >>
Babcock has been awarded a framework contract for the management of intermediate-level waste (ILW) at all of the UK’s Magnox plant sites. It and five other companies will bid for portions of a £300 million ($480 million) work program. The company said that the contract covers the retrieval and processing of both wet and solid ILW across the Magnox sites, including Berkeley, Bradwell, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Sizewell A, Chapelcross, Oldbury, Wylfa, Trawsfynydd and Hunterston A.
World Nuclear News 11th Feb 2011 more >>
Linlithgow Labour MP Michael Connarty has attacked First Minister Alex Salmond over his stance against nuclear energy.
Speaking in a Commons debate on EU energy policy, Mr Connarty, who is secretary of the parliamentary nuclear power group, said: “We have a one-eyed man in the First Minister of Scotland, because he and his party are entirely against the use of nuclear power.”
Edinburgh Evening News 11th Feb 2011 more >>
Strategic National Guidance: The decontamination of buildings, infrastructure and open environment exposed to Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear materials.
Cabinet Office 31st Jan 2011 more >>
Recently I wrote an article depicting the French Leader Sarkozy celebrating the multi-billion dollar agreement with India to build a new generation of safe nuclear reactors for the next 25 years. We have a become a nation asleep at the switch while the world is developing cheap, non carbon electricity. Many countries, especially Asian nations are building reactors with many proposed to come online in the future. France is the world leader building facilities in England, Finland, China, Italy and India among others. Even countries rich with oil such as Saudi Arabia and Iran have goals of building nuclear power generation. Doesn’t that show the winds of change are blowing?
Market Oracle 12th Feb 2011 more >>
Who is killing Iranian scientists? Two and a half months after Shahriyari’s death, the answer is still a mystery. Iran has pointed the finger at its enemies in the US and Israel, claiming the assassinations are part of a broader campaign to derail their nuclear programme. The new type of covert war that has ensnared scientists, unleashed dangerous viruses and sought novel ways of exporting faulty equipment takes the nuclear stand-off into uncharted territory. If effective, it buys the US and its partners time, postponing the day when they might have to decide between a conventional strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, with all the risks that it engenders for the Middle East, or acceptance of Iran becoming a nuclear-capable state. But every war has a cost, and in this mysterious world of intrigue and sabotage, no one knows yet what the real price will be. “There’s too much happening behind the scenes with black programmes, assassinations, sabotage of equipment, cyberattacks,” says Albright of Isis. “There’s a loss of accountability There’s a sense that a green light has been given on hitting the Iranian nuclear programme. But who is going to take the lead on establishing ground rules on what is too much? Where does it end
FT Magazine 12th Feb 2011 more >>
Early Day Motion
No need for nuclear is asking supporters to get their MPs to sign EDM 644
That this House notes that the evidence submitted to the recent consultation on the draft national policy statement for energy infrastructure by the Association for the Conservation of Energy made the point that the Government has not carried out an assessment as to how the costs and benefits of investment in energy generation capacity compare to the costs and benefits of demand reduction policies; finds this particularly surprising as both the previous government, in its 2003 Energy White Paperand the current Government, as outlined in the debate on energy efficiency on 30 June 2010 by the Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change, the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle, Official Report, columns 870-72, agree that energy efficiency is the cheapest and cleanest way to achieve the UK’s energy policy objectives; and calls on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to carry out such an assessment expeditiously, and to publish the results.
EDMs 27th July 2010 more >>
The way that people use and live in their homes has been largely ignored by existing efforts to improve energy efficiency, a study has suggested. The focus on technological solutions had overshadowed the need also to consider the “human side” of energy use in buildings, it added. Energy used in people’s homes account for about a quarter of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The findings have been published in the journal Architectural Science Review.
BBC 11th Feb 2011 more >>
The drive among companies to cut their fuel bills has led Carillion to buy energy services company Eaga for £300m.
Telegraph 12th Feb 2011 more >>
This week’s main Micro Power News concerns the solar industry’s anger at the Government’s early review of Feed-in Tariff, although the Anaerobic Digestion industry is pleased; Sainsbury’s is teaming up with British Gas to offer energy advice and solar panels; 200 homes to be fitted with PV in Winchester; a funding bid for Britain’s first commercial-scale deep geothermal power plant in Cornwall; a new Honda micro-CHP system; and a new National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies
Microgen Scotland 11th Feb 2011 more >>