Radiation Free Lakeland will be making a short presentation to the LDNPA on wednesday at 10 am Murley Moss, Kendal. The meeting is about the Masterplan for the Lake District National Park Authority centre: Brockhole and we will be asking Is the Lake District National Park Authoritys perception of the view fit for purpose?
Radiation Free Lakeland 15th Oct 2012 more >>
The management of spent fuel and radioactive waste is an important subject to be looked into with the objective “to encourage Member States and industry to swiftly implement adequate nuclear waste disposal facilities, in particular deep geological repositories for high level waste”. Therefore, the objective of the Sub Working Group “Waste Management – WM” is to foster in the EU Member States the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, if regarded as waste.To this end it is providing guidance for the successful disposal of such waste while recognising that the current status in waste management varies notably between Member States and that different routes for successful waste management are available. The SWG also aims at providing views on legislative initiatives of the European Commission in the area of waste management. The objective of the SWG-WM is supported by the exchange of information and views on topical issues in waste management.
European Commission (accessed) 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Brussels has placed itself on a collision course with Britain’s ruling Conservative party by issuing a blunt warning on the dangers of stifling the green agenda. As David Cameron faced pressure from the Tory right to adopt a more confrontational approach to the EU, Europe’s environment chief spoke out against critics of environmental regulations for making “untrue” claims. Janez Potočnik, the European environment commissioner, told the Guardian that for politicians to suggest that green legislation was a burden was “very unhelpful, because it is untrue”. “That rhetoric is missing the point,” Potočnik said. “The economy needs the environment, and the environment needs the economy.” The commissioner, whose comments came after Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Treasury chief secretary, accused the Tories of waging a “constant war of attrition” on green issues, stopped short of naming any Tory ministers. But George Osborne, who announced a slowing of the pace on climate change targets at the Tory conference last year, has repeatedly attacked green regulations as a burden on businesses and warned they would make the UK less competitive than other countries.
Euractiv 9th Oct 2012 more >>
The standards of safety of nuclear power plants in Europe are generally high but further improvements in the safety features of almost all European nuclear power plants are recommended. Nevertheless national safety authorities came to the conclusion that no closure of Nuclear Power Plants was warranted. This is the main message of today’s European Commission communication on results of the nuclear stress tests. These tests have established that not all safety standards promoted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and not all international best practices are applied in all Member States. The Commission will follow closely the implementation of the recommendations and will at the same time propose legislative measures to further enhance nuclear safety in Europe.
IB Times 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Less than half (45%) of those surveyed support the use of nuclear energy, according to a global online poll of 18,000 conducted by Ipsos. The results represent an improvement on the last poll, conducted in April 2011, one month after the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. Then, just 38% were in favour of nuclear power, with almost two thirds (62%) opposed. There are vast differences in views on nuclear power across the globe, with three-quarters of respondents supporting nuclear energy in India, compared with only around quarter in both Germany and Mexico.
Nuclear Engineering International 15th Oct 2012 more >>
The company at the centre of Japan’s worst nuclear crisis has acknowledged for the first time that it could have avoided the disaster that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant last year. In a reversal of its insistence that nothing could have protected the plant against the earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 20,000 people on 11 March, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had known safety improvements were needed before the disaster, but had failed to implement them.
Guardian 15th Oct 2012 more >>
EDF chief Henri Proglio has positioned electricity as “the energy of the future” while the country prepares to debate an ‘energy transition’. Speaking on 10 October to the French National Assembly, Henri Proglio set out to describe the future challenges faced by the electricity sector and how EDF is responding. His stance is crucial to the upcoming debate on energy instigated by President Francois Hollande, who was elected on a promise to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the mix to about 50% by 2025. Hollande has already decided that two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant should close early, effectively over-ruling a prior decision by safety regulators.
World Nuclear News 15th Oct 2012 more >>
There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. But only 18 months into the plan, the cost of the switchover is beginning to sink in. Some politicians, fearful of losing popular support for the transition, are demanding an overhaul of the way it is financed.
Fox News 15th Oct 2012 more >>
The rapid proliferation of subsidised solar and wind plants in Germany will mean a sharp increase in electricity prices next year, it has emerged, dealing a blow to Angela Merkel’s ambitious plans to foster green energy. The price rise flies in the face of the chancellor’s previous pledge that energy costs would stay stable for households, despite the swift move away from nuclear power. Generous guaranteed prices for electricity generated by renewable sources have encouraged investors to build new capacity – so much so that consumers will have to pay green energy generators â¬20.4bn in feed-in tariffs in 2013. As a result, Germany’s power transmission companies revealed on Monday that the mandatory surcharge on every unit of electricity will rise to 5.3 cents next year from 3.6 cents per kWh. This will represent an overall price increase of about 7 per cent f or consumers. With retail electricity prices already among the highest in Europe, many Germans have started to ask why households should bear the brunt of the subsidy for renewable energy – especially as many businesses, such as steel and glassmaking, are exempt to protect their competitiveness.
FT 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Lithuanians rejected a plan to build a nuclear plant to cut dependence on imports of Russian energy, in a non-binding referendum that does not kill off the project but leaves a question mark over its future.
Reuters 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Poland will pursue its plan to build the country’s first nuclear power station, a government member said on Monday, playing down suggestions from commentators that the 50 billion zlotys ($15.8 billion) investment might be scrapped.
Reuters 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Forty miles north of New York City, the Indian Point nuclear power plant has become the latest battleground in the debate over nuclear safety in the US. Critics including Andrew Cuomo, New York governor, say the site is old, unsafe and a ripe target for terrorists. Defenders warn that shuttering the plant would cost the state billions, raise the city’s already high energy prices and lead to sweeping job losses. Safety concerns are being showcased at a hearing on Monday as the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers whether to renew the plant’s licences for another two decades. The original 40-year licences are set to expire in 2013 and 2015.
FT 15th Oct 2012 more >>
David Cameron last night warned Iran is a threat to the world and Britain will not learn to live with the regime getting nuclear arms. The Prime Minister said he told Israeli premier Binyamin Netanyahu now is not the time to bomb Irans nuclear facilities since it would unite Iranians behind the regime. But he held out the prospect of air strikes in future if the Iranians do not come to the negotiating table.
Daily Mail 16th Oct 2012 more >>
The European Union is imposing new sanctions against Iran in a bid to force the country to come clean about its nuclear programme.
Daily Mail 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Peter Hounam met Moroccan-born Israeli Mordechai Vanunu in Australia to hear his claims that he was a technician who knew devastating details of Israels extensive and top-secret nuclear weapons programme. After a 12-day debrief he was flown back to London. The Sunday Times was particularly anxious not to have a repeat of the Hitler Diaries hoax of three years earlier so spent some weeks verifying Vanunus information with nuclear scientists. Vanunu was moved around by The Sunday Times to different hotels and it was after moving him to a hotel in central London that he fell under the influence of an attractive Mossad agent who lured him to Rome where he was arrested.
Press Gazette 12th Oct 2012 more >>
President Kennedy is often lauded for managing the crisis. The reality is he took stunning risks to impose American hegemony.
Guardian 15th Oct 2012 more >>
Millions of pounds of investment in wind farms and other power plants risk being delayed unless ministers extend the system of green subsidies by as much as three years, say leading energy companies. The warning from RWE Npower and SSE, two of the so-called Big Six energy companies, comes as ministers prepare to iron out long-running coalition differences over the shape of the UK’s energy system later this week. Senior ministers are to discuss reforms in an energy bill due before parliament next month that has triggered open disagreement between Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs. The reforms will dictate the extent to which the UK will encourage the renewable power many Lib Dems favour, and the gas plants that George Osborne, the Tory chancellor, is eager to back. The coalition row has unnerved big wind turbine makers, such as Germany’s Siemens, Denmark’s Vestas and Spain’s Gamesa. They wrote to Ed Davey, the Lib Dem energy secretary, this month to say the coalition row had “caused us to reassess the level of political risk in the UK”. These groups and other prominent companies including Microsoft and PepsiCo back Mr Davey’s plans to include a 2030 target for the decarbonisation of the electricity sector in the energy bill. Such a target would probably rule out a big expansion of gas power, depending on how rigidly it was enforced. That means Mr Osborne may want some form of trade-off if he backs the 2030 target, say people familiar with the discussions.
FT 15th Oct 2012 more >>
The gas strategy – setting out the Government’s plans to encourage construction of gas-fired power plants – is expected in early November, alongside the Energy Bill, which is intended to bring forward investment in new low-carbon power plants. Mr Davey has said that he hopes to give the green light to s hale gas extraction but has warned it will be no “silver bullet to bring Britain to a new age of cheap energy”. On Monday, he said: “Shale gas in North America has misled people about the medium to long-term trends in gas prices. People feel that if you go for unconventional gas in the UK that will reduce prices.” He warned that long-term gas prices were expected to be “staying high or going up” as global energy demand soars. Mr Davey’s caution about shale gas’s potential to lower UK energy prices contrasts with the views of Chancellor George Osborne, who last week said the Government was considering new tax breaks for shale gas “so that Britain is not left behind as gas prices tumble on the other side of the Atlantic”.
Telegraph 15th Oct 2012 more >>