A concerted international effort to detect radioactive material and trace its origins is urgently needed to help combat the burgeoning black market in the ingredients of nuclear weapons, according to a US report.
New Scientist 16th Feb 2008 more >>
Ireland will demand greater access to inspect Britain’s nuclear facilities if Gordon Brown goes ahead with building more nuclear power stations, an Irish cabinet minister vowed yesterday. John Gormley, Ireland’s Minister of the Environment, said that while the Republic accepted the sovereign right of the UK to determine its own energy policies, Dublin would be calling for more inspectors to scrutinise new British nuclear power stations.
Observer 17th Feb 2008 more >>
The “nuclear renaissance” in the U.S. power industry is still scheduled to arrive within a decade, but it’s running a little late. Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Peter Lyons said his agency has received four applications for new nuclear reactors and expects more soon, but the new joint construction and operating license review process is untested. “I would not be surprised if the initial applications will probably take longer than we hoped,” Lyons said at Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ CERAWeek conference. The new review process is meant to take 42 months, but the review for the first application, submitted by NRG Energy in September to add two new reactors to the South Texas Project near Bay City, already has suffered a setback.
Houston Chronicle 15th Feb 2008 more >>
The Scottish government has set up an expert group to investigate how best to get rid of nuclear weapons, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The group, which will be chaired by the minister for parliamentary business, Bruce Crawford MSP, is seen by many as a crucial step towards making Scotland a nuclear-free nation – and could trigger a confrontation with Westminster. Including religious leaders, academics, activists, a lawyer and a trade unionist, the group has been tasked with finding legal, planning, regulatory and diplomatic ways to block the UK government’s plan to replace Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system on the Clyde.
Sunday Herald, 17 February 2008 more >>
robedwards.com 17th Feb 2008 more >>