A petition has been set up to STOP MOORSIDE, described by the industry as “the biggest nuclear development in Europe” Despite having no solution to the problem of nuclear waste our government is hell bent on trashing a large swathe of Cumbria in order to build new nuclear reactors. To quote Michael Meacher MP: “We need new nuclear like we need a hole in the head!” Please sign the petition and share widely.
Radiation Free Lakeland 16th Aug 2014 read more »
US – new reactors
Expensive delays are piling up for the companies building new nuclear power plants, raising fresh questions about whether they can control the construction costs that crippled the industry years ago. The latest announcement came this week from executives at SCANA Corp., which has been warned by its builders the startup of the first of two new reactors in South Carolina could be delayed two years or more. SCANA Corp. and plant co-owner Santee Cooper have not accepted that timeline from the companies designing and building the reactors, nor have they accepted responsibility for additional costs. That announcement may well foreshadow more delays for a sister project in eastern Georgia, and they have caught the attention of regulators and Wall Street.
Washington Post 16th Aug 2014 read more »
Industry, which had hoped its newest generation of plants in Georgia and South Carolina would prove it could build without the delays and cost overruns so endemic years ago. When construction slows down, it costs more money to employ the thousands of workers needed to build a nuclear plant. Meanwhile, interest charges add up on the money borrowed to finance construction.
Daily Mail 16th Aug 2014 read more »
Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors are under construction at both sites. Already, the Vogtle expansion is 21 months behind schedule, well over $1 billion over budget and has a large outstanding lawsuit of nearly another billion dollars between Southern Company and Westinghouse.
Clean Energy.org 14th Aug 2014 read more »
Delays at a key supplier are pushing back by one year the $10 billion expansion of the nuclear power plant that South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and Santee Cooper own in the Midlands. The financial impact on the two utilities and, ultimately, their ratepayers is not yet known, officials said Tuesday. SCE&G was recently notified by the construction consortium at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station that “substantial completion” of the first of two new reactors is now expected by late 2018 or the first half of 2019. The other will follow 12 months later.
Post and Courier 12th Aug 2014 read more »
Canada – radwaste
When it comes to storing nuclear waste, common sense dictates the last area that should be considered is near the Great Lakes. Recently, Bad Axe City Council members took a good step by joining the effort to oppose a Canadian power company’s proposal to “store” radioactive waste 2,200 feet underground and within a mile of the Lake Huron shoreline.
Michigan Thumbs 15th Aug 2014 read more »
The Kingdom of Jordan has announced it has struck a deal with the Russian state energy provider, to build the country’s first nuclear power plant. The Jordanian administration announced the country will soon conclude an atomic cooperation agreement with Russia, whose state atomic energy company, Rosatom Corporation, will construct an atomic power station in Jordan. Khaled Toukan, the chief of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, announced the multi-billion dollar-deal with Rosatom Corporation told reporters, “The deal will be signed in Moscow with state-owned nuclear technology giant Rosatom Corporation.”
IB Times 16th Aug 2014 read more »
The head of the regional Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in Voralberg, Roland Frühstück, wants to exert pressure on the Swiss government to speed up decommissioning of its aging nuclear power reactors due to concerns over safety.
The Local 16th Aug 2014 read more »
The USS Enterprise, a Navy ship stationed in Virginia, is slowly being taken apart. According to The Daily Press, the ship’s ‘inactivation’ is being handled in Newport News. The ship ‘will be dismantled and recycled’ at Washington state’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility after two more years in Virginia, the newspaper said. The Enterprise was active between 1962 and 2012 – and is ‘the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,’ The Press said.
Daily Mail 16th Aug 2014 read more »
Wind power in the UK is helping to fill the void left by the shuttering of four nuclear reactors. One reactor was found with a defect on its boiler spine, so EDF Energy decided to shut it down, along with three others. It is expected they will be offline for about two months.
Clean Technica 16th Aug 2014 read more »
Community ownership of renewable energy projects need not be a burden, according to a new body representing the community energy sector. Community Energy England (CEE) is hosting the first joint commercial and community event on shared ownership next month and has welcomed the proposals by the Shared Ownership Taskforce set up by the Government. Shared ownership is one of the new approaches proposed in the Government’s Community Energy Strategy to boost the contribution of socially-owned energy assets – a field where the UK lags woefully behind countries like Germany, Denmark and the USA. Project developers will have to offer communities the opportunity to buy into new renewable generation plants.
Trillion Fund 15th Aug 2014 read more »
Anti-fracking campaigners pitch up in Blackpool to protest against Cuadrilla’s plans to drill two potential shale gas sites. But the company says they have little local support.
Channel 4 News 16th Aug 2014 read more »
SCOTTISH environmental campaigners welcomed yesterday the Holyrood government’s opposition to Westminster plans to make fracking easier — and demanded a complete ban on gas drilling. Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said he would object to proposals by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change that would remove the right of people to object to fracking companies drilling below their homes.
Morning Star 16th Aug 2014 read more »
The UK government’s minister for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, is under fire for backing a “Tory raid on people’s property rights” to help fracking companies. The Scottish energy minister, Fergus Ewing, is writing to Carmichael demanding that he distance himself from Westminster proposals to allow firms to frack for shale gas under land without asking the owner’s permission.
Sunday Herald 17th Aug 2014 read more »