Electricity company EDF Energy will hold an event in London on June 30 for companies looking to work on the construction of nuclear power stations in the UK. EDF hopes to build four new European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) in the UK, with the first going into service in 2017. According to EDF the construction programme is expected to include some 150 major contracts with a total value of several billion pounds.
KHL Group 15th May 2009 more >>
A slow leak of radioactive liquid discovered in January at the UK’s Sellafield site has been upgraded to Level 2 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Drips of liquid were observed from a valve flange on a condensate drain line from a ventilation duct serving the Magnox fuel reprocessing plant in January 2009 – coincidentally, the same day that the country’s prime minister Gordon Brown visited the site and announced its inclusion in the list of possible sites for nuclear new build. The liquid was of very low radioactivity but about 2 cubic metres of the concrete slab surface it dripped on to was subsequently found to be contaminated.
World Nuclear News 15th May 2009 more >>
Most people I have spoken to perceive this as a foregone conclusion and therefore a waste of time making their views known. Those that have tried to comment on the DECC website have found it almost impossible. The nomination documentation is lengthy and complex and comments are invited on very specific issues which most ‘lay’ people like myself will be unable to do. This makes a sham of the so-called public consultation. If they want expert comments why bother consulting the public?
Bristol Evening Post 15th May 2009 more >>
Once more, members of the public are being conned into a spurious “consultation” exercise on the siting of new nuclear power stations at sites that already support nuclear power plants, including Hinkley B and Oldbury, and being given a contemptible month in which to express their views.
Bridgwater News 21st April 2009 more >>
WEST Somerset residents could be in line for 100 years of guaranteed employment. That is the view of West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger following last week’s announcement that Hinkley Point has been chosen as a potential site for new nuclear build.
Bridgwater Mercury 25th Apr 2009 more >>
Plaid’s European manifesto underscores the Party’s “total opposition to the construction of any new nuclear power stations in Wales”. However, Mr Price declined to say that Plaid would try to stop one being built on the site of the Wylfa reactor in Mr Jones’ Anglesey constituency, claiming this was a Westminster decision.
Western Mail 15th May 2009 more >>
A MILLOM regeneration boss has spoken out in favour of the proposed nuclear plant at Kirksanton. Councillor Robin Pitt believes the planned power station at Layriggs would offer the chance of 1,000 new jobs and full employment for the first time since the ironworks closed in 1968.
NW Evening Mail 15th May 2009 more >>
France and Pakistan have agreed to co-operate on civilian nuclear power, officials said, with Islamabad calling the move a “significant development”.
BBC 15th May 2009 more >>
America’s spy chief was sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying the US Administration. As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, prepares to visit Washington, it emerged yesterday that Leon Panetta, the head of the CIA, went to Israel two weeks ago.
Times 15th May 2009 more >>
Three British Churches have together expressed hopefulness about the prospect of concrete disarmament measures following the conclusion of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York.
Ekklesia 16th May 2009 more >>