Cumbria’s tourism board has joined the growing clamour against any further research into the burying of nuclear power station waste within the borders of the Lake District national park. The board – which oversees the park, the county’s largest earner and one of the most-visited group of attractions in the UK – has also stated its strong opposition to investigations in the Solway Coast area of outstanding natural beauty on the West Cumbrian side of the famous lakes and fells. Eric Robson, chair of Cumbria Tourism , has written to Baroness Verma, the junior energy minister handling the controversial issue. He told her the board remains neutral on the overall question of burying waste in Cumbria, pending detailed investigations which are under way. A crucial meeting of the three councils potentially affected – Cumbria county and Allerdale and Copeland districts – will decide on 30 January whether to agree to full-scale preliminary planning for a repository whose underground facilities would cover an area larger than the nearby town of Workington. The Lake District national park authority has already signalled its opposition to any incursion, with heavyweight allies such as the National Trust ready to provide support.
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As Cumbria Tourism joins the Lake District national park in warning against research in Ennerdale and Eskdale, local meetings and rallies are spreading. A meeting in Keswick saw all but three of 500 present vote against the idea of pursuing research in Ennerdale and Eskdale, one of the few areas of stable geology in West Cumbria, the home of the Sellafield nuclear complex. Ennerdale is to see a protest walk about the nuclear issue on Saturday week, 26 January, along the route which would be used by trucks and surveyors if preliminary research was to be carried out at the foot of the valley. Public meetings on the Cumbrian coast in November were shocked by the potential scale of this, as you can read here.
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Eric Robson’s heart and bankbook are on message with the government agenda for geological dumping of nuclear wastes. His company Osprey Communications has provided the propaganda to underplay and normalise the plan. A recent letter to Baroness Verma sets out Cumbria Tourism’s weak kneed acquiescent ‘neutrality’ until a “most promising site” at Stage 4 is chosen and then they will “strongly object”
Radiation Free Lakeland 16th Jan 2013 more »
Public Meeting in Kewick: Dramatic admissions by MRWS and NDA. MRWS geologist, Dr Jeremy Dearlove, confirm that there is only a “low possibility” of the only locations (Ennerdale and Silloth) he has identified as being suitable, and that no commercial organisation would pursue a plan like this. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Chief Engineer Alun Ellis admit that the £4M MRWS process failed in its task to engage with the community. The possibility of massive damage on an industrial scale to Ennerdale. The potentially disastrous environmental and economic cosequences. 99% of the audience of around 500 vote against the plan.
No Lakes Nuke Dump 16th Jan 2013 more »
The campaign to stop the Ennerdale area of west Cumbria being considered as a nuclear waste store is picking up speed. The 38 degrees petition is entitled ‘No Nuclear Dump in the Lake District’ and has gained around 5,000 signatures in the last two weeks, taking it to more than 7,300 in total. It was initially launched following a public meeting at Ennerdale Bridge. A letter accompanying the petition is addressed to all councillors and asks them to halt investigations into whether the site would be suitable for a nuclear dump.
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Ahead of the votes this month on whether the search should start to find a suitable site for an underground nuclear waste repository in west Cumbria, energy minister Baroness Verma will talk about the project in a special one-hour webchat here. She will answer your questions between 12noon and 1pm this Thursday (January 17). The webchat will open for questions in advance from 9am to accommodate those who cannot make the live event. When the event is launched at 9am, you will be able to enter your questions in a box below.
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Campaigners from Friends of the Earth against West Cumbria ‘volunteering’ to host a nuclear dump say the Government is shifting the rules on what the County would be signing up for. The Department of Energy & Climate Change has agreed a pause with the 3 Cumbrian Councils over deciding whether they should volunteer to go forward with the search for a site in West Cumbria for deep geological disposal of nuclear waste. Decision day is 30th January 2012, when Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council will meet and decide.
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Protest walk in Ennerdale on Saturday 26th January 2013.
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The UK energy minister has asked nuclear regulators to begin discussions over Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for Hitachi-GE’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). The design has been proposed for new units at the Wylfa and Oldbury sites. Hitachi-GE approached the Department for Energy and Climate Change earlier in this month seeking GDA for the ABWR design. The move followed Hitachi’s purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power in late October from EOn and RWE, the German utilities that had planned to build up to four new units at Wylfa and up to three units at Oldbury. It immediately announced an intention to deploy ABWRs at the sites.
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According to CSN figures, the Welsh building industry will see output rise at an average rate of 2.7% per year, between now and 2017 – substantially above the 0.8% UK average. This growth is almost entirely due to work starting on the new nuclear reactor at Wylfa in Anglesey from 2016 – without this vital project, Wales’ average annual output growth rate will fall to just 0.6% over the five years.
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Aerospace and global power systems company Rolls-Royce has acquired US-based nuclear engineering services business PKMJ Technical Services. Rolls-Royce president for nuclear activities Lawrie Haynes said: “Our investment in PKMJ represents another significant step towards growing our global civil nuclear business and providing customers with a suite of services to deliver safe and efficient lifecycle operations.”
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In an unprecedented move, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has shifted 47 Japanese nuclear reactors from the category “In Operation” to the category “Long-term Shutdown” (LTS) in its web-based Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). The number of nuclear reactors listed as “In Operation” in the world thus drops from 437 yesterday to 390 today, a level last seen in Chernobyl-year 1986 and a dramatic step of the IAEA’s official statistics in recognizing industrial reality in Japan. This is without doubt a unique revision of world operational nuclear data.
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Nine of Japan’s electric utilities spent a combined 2.4 trillion yen ($27.6 billion) to sponsor TV programs and run ads in print media over four decades to promote nuclear power and underscore the safety of their plants, The Asahi Shimbun has found. The lavish campaign apparently helped utilities to expand their influence on media outlets and allowed them to hold considerable sway in objecting to negative reporting on nuclear power.
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Senior U.N. nuclear inspectors will continue their talks with Iran for a second day on Thursday, hoping to reach a long-sought agreement to unblock an investigation into suspected weapons research in the Islamic state.
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What is the point of spending a minimum of £25billions renewing the Trident missile system? Its initial purpose was to deter the Warsaw Pact armies from invading Britain. The Warsaw Pact is no more, the frontier with Russia has moved almost a thousand miles eastwards, and the suicide bombers people who pose the biggest threat to British domestic security these days are not deterred by nuclear weapons.
Independent 16th Jan 2013 more »
Italy and Spain have set new records for solar generation in the past year, according to provisional data from their respective grid operators, with Italy trumping Germany as the most solar-powered industrialized nation in the world. According to provisional data from the Italian transmission grid operator TERNA, and reported by Cleantechnica, solar energy provided 5.6 per cent of Italy’s electricity demand in 2012. That makes it the most most solar-powered industrialized nation in the world, surpassing even Germany’s 4.8 per cent share of solar in the electricity supply. In Spain, the share of solar also rose to 4 per cent, according to preliminary data from its grid operator Red Electrica de Espana, and quoted by Recharge News. While this is lower than either Italy or Germany, the significant statistic from Spain is that one per cent of its production was met by large scale solar thermal power station, including those with storage and 24-hour delivery such as Gemasolar. Around 3 per cent of its energy production came from solar PV. Spain’s total contribution from renewable energy sources was 32 per cent in 2012, down from 33 per cent in 2011 and 35 per cent in 2010 because of low reservoir levels at hydroelectric dams, Recharge reported.
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The UK’s fledgling wave and tidal power industries are to be boosted with a Â£20m cash injection from the crown estate. Wave and tidal projects have been difficult to fund in the UK, despite the fact that the UK has some of the best locations for these sorts of renewable energy projects. But the technology is still in its infancy compared with technologies such as wind and solar power, which have been proven for decades. The indication of interest in making cash investments from the crown estate, which owns the seabed around the UK and thus stands to benefit to a great extent from the expansion of marine power, will be a major fillip to the sector, which was depressed by the decision in 2011 to cut the governmen t’s fund for marine energy from £50m to £20m. However, the crown estate’s money is only likely to be enough for two wave or tidal projects. Any tidal project would not stretch to a barrage, such as that proposed for the Severn, which would cost tens of billions, but could fund some demonstration projects of tidal turbines – standalone machines similar to wind turbines but under water, which produce energy reliably and predictably twice a day as tides flow in and out.
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Wave and Tidal energy industry welcomes £20 million funding, as European study shows overwhelming public support for renewables.
Renewable UK 16th Jan 2013 more »
I worked with Kathy Hill, the education manager from SolarAid and a few other teachers, to design some resources that would help schools teach about climate change, energy and renewables. These developed into the Sunny Schools lesson plans which break down these issues to make them accessible at KS2 level and provide links to online activities, videos or practical ideas for how to bring them to life in the classroom. For example our classes have designed eco-houses in design and technology, made solar circuits in science, calculated their energy use in maths, conducted surveys and taken part in a debate about climate change opinions in literacy.
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ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have slammed the fact that biomass stations in Dundee, Rosyth and Grangemouth could attract subsidies of £221 million a year. Ahead of a debate about biomass, which was scheduled to take place at the Scottish Parliament today, Friends of the Earth Scotland said there were concerns government proposals for renewable electricity subsidies encourage “large, polluting and inefficient” biomass power stations.
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The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will this afternoon cut the ribbon on the BRE National Solar Centre in Cornwall, offering a range of new research and training services to the UK’s solar industry.
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More than 1,700 jobs have been lost in the insulation industry since December because of the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy, according to insulation companies. The green deal, under which householders will be able to take out loans for work on their properties such as loft and cavity wall insulation to improve their energy efficiency, will be launched on 28 January. But the government’s old support mechanisms that made insulation cheap or free for households were cancelled in December, so few people have been insulating their houses.According to the Insulation Industry Forum (IIF), orders from more than 34,000 households wanting insulation were cancelled because the funding was cut, and a fur ther 27,000 inquiries from householders put on hold. That spells higher costs and unnecessarily freezing homes at the coldest time of year.
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The world is poised for a revolution in the way it uses energy that will boost its efficiency by almost a third and bolster efforts to curb global warming, according to a new study by BP. But the leap forward in energy use would not be enough in itself to save the world from devastating climate change, BP warned. Without any improvement in energy efficiency, world demand for power would double over the next 17 years. But with the projected decline in energy intensity, power use will only increase by 36 per cent – while the ongoing greening of electricity supply means carbon emissions growth will be limited to 26 per cent.
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Britain could create its own “sovereign wealth fund” like oil-rich Gulf states to protect future windfalls from shale gas for the taxpayer, a minister suggested last night. John Hayes, an energy minister, said the Government has not ruled out setting up a fund to allow future generations to benefit from the expected boom in shale gas. He said shale gas could have a “profound economic effect” on the UK, when money is raised from the sale of licences to drill shale gas and extra tax income.
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Shale gas is unlikely to be a “game-changer” for the UK over the next two decades, energy giant BP said, as it warned that Europe would become increasingly dependent on imported gas. BP’s chief economist, said it foresaw “extremely limited growth” in shale gas in Europe. “Europe has various problems: environmental concerns, outright bans on fracking, a la ck of infrastructure and a long tradition of not minding so much having to import things,” he said. Shale gas would play a role only nearer to 2030 and “only to a very small extent”, he said. “I think that is also the story for the UK. There will be some projects starting here, maybe earlier than on the continent, but it’s not likely to be a big game-changer in the natural gas market, where we have these declines in the North Sea to compensate.
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Nuclear Roulette: the Truth About the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth (Paperback) Nuclear power is not clean, cheap, or safe. With Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, the nuclear industry’s record of catastrophic failures now averages one major disaster every decade. After three US-designed plants exploded in Japan, many countries moved to abandon reactors for renewables. In the United States, however, powerful corporations and a compliant government still defend nuclear power-while promising billion-dollar bailouts to operators.Each new disaster demonstrates that the nuclear industry and governments lie to “avoid panic,” to preserve the myth of “safe, clean” nuclear power, and to sustain government subsidies. Tokyo and Washington both covered up Fukushima’s radiation risks and-when confronted with damning evidence-simply raised the levels of “acceptable” risk to match the greater levels of exposure.”Nuclear Roulette” dismantles the core arguments behind the nuclear-industrial complex’s “Nuclear Renaissance.”
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