Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has asked councils and other groups to offer local sites where radioactive material (with a lifespan of thousands of years) can be buried. Such sites, he says, will reap Government “benefits”. I think he means jobs and investment, but you never know.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 16th June 2008 more >>
A ‘bottom-up’ approach which will allow communities to decide whether they want to explore the possibility of hosting a deep geological repository for nuclear waste has been welcomed by Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member responsible for nuclear issues. The publication of the Government’s White Paper ‘Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: A Framework for Geological Disposal’ today has underlined the Government’s commitment to a siting process based on volunteerism. A community’s willingness to participate, local and national partnership and long-term additional investment for a community willing to host a deep geological disposal facility will all be crucial factors in deciding where higher-level radioactive waste will be stored.
eGov Monitor 16th June 2008 more >>
MOST North Wales councils have decided to snub an appeal by the British Government to bury nuclear waste in their areas – despite financial incentives. An Isle of Anglesey County Council spokesman said it has “no policy or intention to suggest Wylfa as a potential site as a deep geological waste repository.” And Conwy County Council Environment Cabinet member Coun Mike Priestley would also be against housing nuclear waste in Conwy. He said: “We find it difficult enough to get management of household waste past the public never mind nuclear waste. If I wanted to put a landfill site in Conwy there would be a massive protest.”
Daily Post 16th June 2008 more >>
Dounreay’s amended planning application for a low level waste site near the village of Buldoo will be fiercely opposed by the villagers.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 16th June 2008 more >>
EDF refused to comment on reports it plans to build two nuclear stations on land it has bought from the NDA on Anglesey and in Somerset, if its bid for British Energy failed.
City AM 16th June 2008 more >>
The oil price spiralled to an all-time high yesterday of almost $140 a barrel, leading Gordon Brown to declare it was “the most worrying situation in the world”. Countries would have to increase nuclear power and renewable energy capacity to reduce their dependence on crude, he added.
Guardian 17th June 2008 more >>
If only the messages were as clear and bold about other current controversies. But the “blue greens” seem oddly queasy when it comes to issues such as nuclear power and fuel taxes. Nor is it clear where Mr Cameron stands on nuclear power. He is supportive in principle, but “not with blank cheque subsidies”. Depending on how the costs of nuclear power are calculated, it is quite possible that some subsidy will be needed to kick-start a fission revolution. In attempting to blur this issue, Mr Cameron is embracing exactly the same fudge as the Government. That makes it a little rich for him to accuse Gordon Brown of “playing politics”.
Times 17th June 2008 more >>
France’s Areva is in the running for a contract to build two nuclear reactors at Darlington, in the Canadian province of Ontario, the province’s energy ministry said. Westinghouse and Canada’s AECL are also candidates.
Interactive Investor 17th June 2008 more >>
GORDON Brown yesterday imposed tough new sanctions on Iran in a bid to force it to abandon its nuclear ambitions. The Prime Minister announced that the overseas assets of Iran’s biggest bank would be frozen, and said he was seeking European Union agreement later this week to increase restrictions on investment in Iranian gas and oil.
Scotsman 17th June 2008 more >>
Iran has withdrawn around $75billion from Europe to stop its assets being frozen under new sanctions aimed at its nuclear programme.
Daily Mail 17th June 2008 more >>
Japan called Monday for foreign ministers of the Group of Eight rich nations, whom it will host next week, to send a “strong message” against the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran.
AFX 16th June 2008 more >>
Letter from SDC: Many of us are unconvinced about a new generation of nuclear power. It is in this context that the Sustainable Development Commission thinks a Severn barrage must be given very serious consideration. Yes, such a scheme would have a huge impact on the Severn, a unique and internationally important ecosystem, and would require compensatory habitat creation on a scale hitherto unseen in this country to comply with the habitats directive.
Guardian 17th June 2008 more >>