ROSS Finnie, the environment minister, has postponed any decision on new nuclear power plants until after next year’s election, while warning there is a need to tackle the “great luxury of a greedy energy policy”. By the time the committee on radioactive waste management has reported its final conclusions, it will be too late for this administration to act, said Mr Finnie.
Scottish Herald 15th May 2006
Areva, the state-owned French nuclear reactor company, will add its voice to calls for a new generation of nuclear power stations in Britain today, arguing that they could be built without any government subsidy. In its submission to the Department of Trade and Industry’s energy review, Areva says what is needed instead is a signal of support from the Government for a nuclear programme and reform of the planning and regulatory system to reduce delays and streamline the licensing of new nuclear plants.
Independent 15th May 2006
EUROPEAN Union foreign ministers will meet today to consider expanding their package of incentives to Iran if it accepts international monitoring of its nuclear programme.
Scotsman 15th May 2006
The world is entering a critical moment over the Iranian nuclear controversy, one that will decide whether a prolonged stand-off will now spiral into conflict or settle into crisis management that might yield a workable compromise. There may not be a solution. But, if there is to be any hope of one, the strategic and tactical parameters of Iran policy need to change. Until now, there has been a blur of belligerent ambiguity in Washington about whether the objective is to ensure Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons capability or to topple the mullahs in Tehran. That being the case, the policy options on offer seem to have hardened into sanctions or military action, despite two years of robust European engagement with Iran the US licensed rather than supported.
FT 15th May 2006
The danger of an attack on Iran can no longer be ignored.
Guardian 15th May 2006
ON the face of it they seem unlikely bedfellows, but the nuclear industry has turned to the Women’s Institute (WI) to help change its image. Nirex, the nuclear waste management company, is in the middle of an image makeover and believes the WI — better known for its jumble sales and jam making — can help it to gain greater acceptance.
Spinwatch 14th May 2006
The government indicated at the weekend that it will consider taking back nuclear waste from countries that buy its uranium under a system known as “nuclear fuel leasing”. Prime Minister John Howard is expected to discuss the issue, which aims to limit the possibility of spent fuel being used in weapons, with US President George W Bush and other officials during a visit to Washington this week.
Freeserve 14th May 2006
Nuclear test veterans from the region are to sue the Ministry of Defence after researchers found that exposure to radiation HAS damaged the genes of serviceman.
Newcastle Sunday Sun 14th May 2006
The UK government is proposing reforms to the planning system that could pave the way for the construction of up to 10 new gas storage facilities. The changes to be put forward this week aim to make energy supplies more secure. Alistair Darling, the trade and industry secretary, told the FT he would set out to MPs “measures that will enable us to get through the winter. But it’s going to be tight”. The action is thought necessary to avert a crisis shortage of gas supplies this winter that could drive up prices and force heavy energy users to cut production for the second year in a row. The measures will include changes to the planning guidelines to try to stop local objections blocking multi-billion pound plans for new gas storage infrastructure.
FT 15th May 2006