Greenpeace has won a major victory against EDF over industrial espionage, but the shockwaves are likely to be confined to the nuclear industry. Is anyone not spying? Recently, newspapers, telecoms, aerospace and Silicon Valley high-tech firms have all been caught crossing over the line from whats deemed ethically permissible strategic intelligence gathering to the highly illegal, secret underworld of industrial espionage. Now add to the list French nuclear giant Electricité de France (EDF) convicted in a Paris courtroom in November of paying a middleman to break into the computer of Yannick Jadot, the former campaign director of Greenpeace France.
Ethical Corporation 12th Dec 2011 more >>
An environmental award for a Somerset power station has shown that nature and industry can thrive alongside each other. EDF Energys Hinkley Point B power station has been awarded The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark in recognition of its land management activities.
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EDF Energy reconnected its 460 megawatt Hunterston B-8 reactor to the grid on Saturday. The plant came offline on December 8 due to a transmission system issue caused by extreme weather in Scotland, a spokesman said. “We returned Hunterston B Unit 8 to service at 22.30hrs on Saturday,” he said.
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Two Cumbrian businesswomen have launched a specialist recruitment agency for the nuclear industry. Emma-Jayne Gooch and Lisa Stanger are behind NuExec Consulting, which will source high quality candidates for companies working on Britains Energy Coast and across the UK. Managing director Emma-Jayne, who has worked in recruitment for eight years, was previously involved with nuclear intelligence groups at board level in west Cumbria.
Cumberland News 12th Dec 2011 more >>
The North of England has the opportunity to become one of the worlds leading nuclear manufacturing hubs, creating many thousands of new jobs and generating substantial economic growth for the UK, according to a University of Manchester report.
Manchester University 13th Dec 2011 more >>
Britain was leading the world with the civil application of nuclear power that promised cheap electricity. Linking nuclear output with aluminium smelters was seen as cost-effective. Invergordons power contract was linked to the Hunterston B plant in Ayrshire and Anglesey to the nearby Wylfa station. The Government had set its sights on supporting two 100,000-tonne smelters, selecting BA and RTZ. Alcan was furious at being ignored and mounted a campaign that culminated in a cheap coal deal with Lord Robens, chairman of the National Coal Board, who was fighting against nuclear power.
Telegraph 11th Dec 2011 more >>
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of being evasive and shifty, after it has emerged that sites containing radioactive pollution go beyond Dalgety Bay in Fife. Three more military sites in Scotland are contaminated with the potentially lethal radiation, a freedom of information request has revealed. RAF Kinloss in Moray as well as the former RAF Machinrihanish base in Argyll and the former Defence Aviation Repair factory near Perth also have problems with radium, a radioactive substance.
Deadline News 11th Dec 2011 more >>
On 13 December the European Union Energy Commission will release its ’Energy Roadmap 2050, confidential details of which have been leaked, in which EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger labels nuclear energy an important factor in the EUs future energy matrix. The startling statistic to emerge from the report is that EU Energy Commission supports the construction of 40 new nuclear power plants (NNPs) in the EU up to 2030. Details of the draft of the “Energy Roadmap 2050” have been leaked by Suddeutsche Zeitung, a Munich-based, influential center-left, German daily newspaper with nationwide distribution. The report is a direct slap in the face to Merkels government, made all the more galling by the fact that EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, a German, is the driving force behind the report.
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SHARES in Areva Frances state-owned nuclear energy company were suspended in Paris yesterday after losses associated with the Fukushima crisis in Japan took their toll. The nuclear reactor maker had been expected to take heavy writedowns related to cancellation of orders. The declining value of UraMin, a Canadian uranium miner bought by Areva in 2007 for 1.9bn (£1.6bn), was also taking its toll. French industry minister Eric Besson sounded the alarm at the weekend, indicating that Areva was on the ropes. The French state owns 87 per cent of the company. Chief executive Luc Oursel met with the companys board yesterday to hammer out restructuring plans which include job cuts in its international operations. The firm plans to write off 2.36bn from its accounts this year and expects an operating loss for 2011.
City AM 13th Dec 2011 more >>
For more than 40 years, inhabitants in two remote outposts in Niger have watched their health and environment deteriorate. The dust-enveloped towns lie on the outskirts of uranium mines clawed into the vast Sahara desert, one of which is the world’s largest underground pit. Last week, residents cautiously welcomed the news that French nuclear group Areva will begin monitoring the health of thousands of workers at its uranium plants next year, bowing to years of campaigning from advocacy groups.
Guardian 12th Dec 2011 more >>
Areva, France’s state-owned nuclear champion, will report an operating loss of up to 1.6bn Euro this year, largely from a ruinous bet on uranium prices with the 2007 acquisition of a small-cap miner. The company paid 1.8bn Euro for UraMin, a Canada-based company with assets in Namibia, the Central African Republic and South Africa, when uranium was about $138 a pound. Today the commodity used to power atomic reactors is trading at about $50 after demand slumped following this year’s nuclear disaster in Japan.
FT 13th Dec 2011 more >>
Areva is to launch a 1 billion costcutting drive to deal with operating losses made in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The mainly French state-owned company, a symbol of Frances leading role in the global nuclear industry, said yesterday that its 2011 operating losses could reach 1.6 billion (£1.35 billion).
Times 13th Dec 2011 more >>
Fukushima Update 6th to 8th December.
Greenpeace International 12th Dec 2011 more >>
Japan has estimated that the accident-related costs for a model nuclear power plant would be some JPY5.7 trillion ($74 billion), or half a yen ($0.65) per kWh, according to a report from the Japan Atomic Industrial Forums Atoms in Japan news service.
Nuclear Engineering International 12th Dec 2011 more >>
After enduring many months of total information blackout on the situation, an intelligence source connected with NaturalNews has just informed us that Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor 4 may now be on the verge of collapsing, and that mass evacuations in northern Japan could be necessary if such a collapse occurs and is confirmed. NaturalNews presents this only as a precautionary alert, as we have not yet been about to double or triple confirm this report, but we are actively investigating and will bring you updates in a timely manner.
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Things are suddenly heating up again with Fukushima. As we reported yesterday, the southern wall of Fukushima reactor #4 apparently collapsed over the past few days, calling into question the structural integrity of the remainder of the containment building.
Natural News 13th Dec 2011 more >>
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Station, has been insisting that the culprit that caused the nuclear crisis was the huge tsunami that hit the plant after the March 11 earthquake. But evidence is mounting that the meltdown at the nuclear power plant was actually caused by the earthquake itself. According to a science journalist well versed in the matter, Tepco is afraid that if the earthquake were to be determined as the direct cause of the accident, the government would have to review its quake-resistance standards completely, which in turn would delay by years the resumption of the operation of existing nuclear power stations that are suspended currently due to regular inspections.
Japan Today 13th Dec 2011 more >>
KYUSHU and Kansai, Japans two most nuclear-dependent regions, are bracing for a bitter winter. Citizens of both areas, many of them elderly, have been advised that they may have to turn down the heating because of shortages of nuclear power. It will be another hardship in an already trying year; after the March 11th nuclear disaster they had to swelter through the summer with restrictions on air conditioning. But this time it is not just TEPCO, operator of the stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima, that is getting the blame. People are putting their local power suppliers in the dock too.
Economist 10th Dec 2011 more >>
Jim Riccio: Even before the three nuclear meltdowns in Japan placed the name Fukushima atop the list of other nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the nuclear industry was in serious trouble. Nuclear power isn’t just an enormous risk to communities and the environment; it also presents enormous risks to any investor foolish enough to believe the hype. That’s why the nuclear industry always has its hands in taxpayers’ pockets.
USA Today 12th Dec 2011 more >>
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Prime minister Vladimir Putin kept his distance from events in Moscow yesterday, instead choosing to stress Russias technical prowess and attending the launch of a new atomic reactor.Nuclear energy is on the rise. Theres a rebirth, a renaissance, of the nuclear sphere taking place right now, said Putin, who was making his first public appearance after the massive protests against election fraud. The new 1,000 megawatt reactor is the fourth unit at the Kalininskaya nuclear power plant in Udomlya, about 180 miles north of Moscow. Sergei Kiriyenko, the chief of the state-controlled Rosatom nuclear power corporation, said that by 2030 it wants to build 38 reactors in Russia and 28 abroad, mainly in Europe and Asia. Putin has described the plan as an opportunity to develop high-tech industries, easing the countrys heavy reliance on oil and natural gas exports.
Scotsman 13th Dec 2011 more >>
Poland’s largest utility PGE has withdrawn from nuclear developments in Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to focus on domestic opportunities. PGE has suspended its involvement in building the Visaginas nuclear plant, near Ignalina, in Lithuania. The move ends hopes that the project will be jointly developed by Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. PGE said it suspended its involvement after analysing the offer from Lithuanian firm VAE, which is lead investor in the project. VAE plans to build the 5bn ($6.6bn) plant by 2020 next to the site of the Ignalina nuclear station, which was shut in 2009.
Argus Media 12th Dec 2011 more >>
During nuclear weapons testing in the early Fifties, one of the challenges facing the U.S. government was to design a camera capable of capturing a nuclear device mid-explosion. The result, unearthed this week by blog Damn Interesting, was the ‘Rapatronic’ camera – an ultra-high-speed camera that sat seven miles from the blast site and captured images at high speed – including this image of an 100-ft ball of fire, one ten-millionth of a second after detonation.
Daily Mail 12th Dec 2011 more >>
The renewables industry in Scotland has hit back at a report which claims wind and solar power cannot meet the UK energy’s needs. Scottish Renewable said the research from the Adam Smith Institute was “flawed” and “one-sided”. The pro-free market think tank produced its report jointly with the Scientific Alliance. A separate study by Reform Scotland said the country could earn £2bn a year exporting renewable electricity.
BBC 12th Dec 2011 more >>
Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years.
Independent 13th Dec 2011 more >>