Household energy bills are due to rise to help pay for a new generation of nuclear power stations, under plans being drawn up by the power industry. Ministers had pledged that they will not subsidise new nuclear plants. However, energy companies have told the Government that without some form of financial support, it will not be economically viable for them to build the new nuclear power plants ministers want to see constructed. John Large, an independent consultant on nuclear energy, estimated that supporting new nuclear power stations would cost households “significantly more” that the £15 charged to subsidise renewables. The Department for Energy and Climate Change insisted that there is no plan to set a “floor price” for carbon, saying that carbon prices will rise when the supply of permits is restricted next year.
Telegraph 18th Aug 2009 more >>
Work to remove the nuclear fuel from the Sizewell A power station in Suffolk has begun. The first consignment of highly radioactive fuel has been removed from the site and taken to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing. The fuel is being sent by rail in 48-tonne flasks. This is the first of about 300 such shipments – it will be between two and three years before the last of the fuel is removed.
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Norwich Evening News 17th Aug 2009 more >>
ANGLESEY council leader Clive McGregor has criticised the “insensitive” timing of a minister’s call for a public inquiry into a new nuclear build. News of environment minister Jane Davidson’s support for a public inquiry over nuclear safety concerns came within hours of confirmation the island will lose hundreds of jobs as Anglesey Aluminium ceases smelting operations.
Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 17th Aug 2009 more >>
Daily Post 17th Aug 2009 more >>
The Earth First Gathering takes place in Cumbria from Wednesday to next Monday, August 24. Earth First! is an independent activist network of eco groups and individuals who come together to plan direct ecological action and campaigns. It was founded in the United States in 1979. The Earth First! movement in the United Kingdom started in 1990, when a group in Hastings, Sussex, organised an action at Dungeness nuclear power station in Kent.
Carlisle News and Star 17th Aug 2009 more >>
Marine services group James Fisher & Sons said it had bought nuclear and aerospace engineer MB Faber for up to 5.25 million pounds in cash to strengthen its nuclear decommissioning business. James Fisher said on Tuesday it would pay 4.0 million pounds on completion and up to 1.25 million pounds in March 2010 depending on its profit performance. Faber, which is based in Lancashire in North-West England and has operations close to the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, had a turnover of 6.8 million pounds and earnings of 522,000 pounds in 2008.
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The first ever UK-manufactured component for China’s nuclear power programme has started its 10,000 mile journey. A unique cast stainless steel pump casing made by Sheffield Forgemasters has today been despatched from the 200-year-old engineering specialist’s Brightside Lane site, heralding Britain’s first involvement in the Asian super-power’s burgeoning nuclear power programme.
Nuclear Engineering International 17th Aug 2009 more >>
After months of threats and military provocations, North Korea announced this morning the reopening of joint economic projects with South Korea. But any expectations of an improvement in relations with the isolated dictatorship were lowered when it threatened nuclear attack against South Korean and US forces undertaking a military exercise.
Times 18th Aug 2009 more >>
Italy will sign a nuclear protocol with the United States next month which will give American companies the chance to compete to build nuclear power stations in Italy, the country’s industry minister told a newspaper.
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A FORMER employee at Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona has filed a lawsuit claiming that together with four other workers he was required to drink uranium as part of an experiment carried out at the plant in 1998.
Irish Times 18th Aug 2009 more >>
Turkey may cancel a tender to build its first nuclear power plant so it can set a new framework allowing a state stake in the generator, Vatan newspaper reported, without saying how it got the information.
Bloomberg 18th Aug 2009 more >>
Japan’s Chubu Electric Power Co said on Monday it would take three to four weeks to restart operating the No.4 reactor at its Hamaoka nuclear plant south of Tokyo after a strong earthquake last week.
Interactive Investor 17th Aug 2009 more >>
This afternoon five peace activists from nonviolent direct action group Trident Ploughshares walked unchallenged straight into Faslane naval base in Scotland, the home of Britain ’s nuclear-armed Trident submarines, making a mockery of security for Britain’s “strategic nuclear deterrent.” The five are currently still inside the base. The activists, one man and four women, released the following statement: “We invite others to follow us through this gate to restore humanitarian law.”
Common Dreams 17th Aug 2009 more >>