National Policy Statements
Friends of the Earth is calling on MPs to block the government’s energy policy statement in parliament. Dozens of new fossil-fuelled power stations are being planned by energy companies, triggering concerns among green campaigners of a new “dash for gas” that could crowd out wind and other cleaner energy projects, the Guardian can reveal. Friends of the Earth is calling on MPs to block the government’s prime energy policy statement, which comes before parliament on Monday amid a deluge of new planning applications or consents. Some plans are already queuing up in the public planning system. The Guardian has unearthed as many as 30 potential gas schemes , which are either in late development stage or very early proposals, and which if built could lock Britain into a higher carbon future at a time when it is trying to promote renewable power to cut emissions. Simon Bullock, a campaigner with FoE, says the national policy statement which will be debated in the Commons today would allow gas projects to be fast-forwarded on the basis that the UK has an “urgent” need for all new capacity to replace old nuclear and coal plants.
Guardian 18th July 2011 more >>
A HUGE £25m investment programme has started at Hartlepools nuclear power plant with hundreds of extra workers drafted in to carry it out. Major works are under way on Unit 1 at the site as part of its statutory once-in-three-year maintenance programme. The workforce has temporarily rocketed from 710 workers to double that while a 70-day programme of essential work is completed. Station director Paul Newman said: Every three years, we have to have a statutory outage which is a bit like your car having its regular MoT.
Peterlee Mail 16th July 2011 more >>
Britain’s Heysham 2-8 nuclear power reactor returned to the grid on Saturday evening following planned maintenance work, operator EDF Energy said.
Reuters 18th July 2011 more >>
Recent correspondence has revealed that no one will be prosecuted over the body hacking scandal carried out by the nuclear industry for over 40 years in collusion with government, hospitals, coroners and doctors. Heads are rolling over the phone hacking scandal – quite rightly – but there is a toxic blind eye turned to the morally and financially bankrupt nuclear ‘industry’ (is it really an ‘industry’ when paid for by the taxpayer). I have seen correspondence from Cumbria Constabulary which says that despite the findings of the Redfern Inquiry that the relationship between the nuclear industry and fellow bodysnatching conspirators was “too close” no one will be prosecuted as it is not “in the public interest” Money has changed hands to smooth the way for 40 years of body snatching.
101 uses for nuclear power 17th July 2011 more >>
THE Governments revival of UK civil nuclear power will create a vast raft of new business opportunities for North West companies. Lobby group Mersey Maritime, of Birkenhead, hosted the first workshop to discuss the potential of the civil nuclear sector. The skill base of Merseysides maritime engineering and business sector is ideally suited to turn inland to facilitate this multi-billion pound growth area. Setting the pace is Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird, which is now expanding from ship building and repair into bidding for civil nuclear plant component supply.
Liverpool Daily Post 18th July 2011 more >>
Japan’s demand for crude and oil products to fuel power plants could triple if the country shuts all its nuclear reactors due to growing public safety concerns after the March earthquake and tsunami.
Reuters 17th July 2011 more >>
Problems stemming from complicated procedures, as well as dumb human errors, have plagued Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s key weapon in ending the crisis at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. In less than a month of operations, the cyclic water injection and cooling system, which purifies accumulated radioactive water and recycles it to cool down fuel rods, has experienced more than 10 suspensions and water leakages. The system contains 4 kilometers of piping that connects the nuclear reactor buildings, a radioactive water purifying plant and storage tanks. Most of the failures have occurred at the purifying plant. Water leakages were reported on July 10 and 12 at a purifying unit manufactured by France’s Areva SA.
Asahi Japan Watch 16th July 2011 more >>
Japan’s government is set to suspend all cattle shipments from Fukushima as concerns over radiation-tainted beef escalate. Senior Vice Health Minister Kohei Otsuka said beef from surrounding areas may also be affected. It comes after 136 cows were found to have consumed feed affected by radioactive caesium. This is the latest health scare linked to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake.
BBC 18th July 2011 more >>
Aeon has confirmed that some of its stores in and around Tokyo have sold beef from cattle that ate nuclear-contaminated feed, in the latest health scare for Japanese consumers. The news comes after several cases of contaminated vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water have been discovered in Japan following the March earthquake and tsunami.
Kam City 18th July 2011 more >>
Kyushu Electric Power Co. last Wednesday admitted there was an orchestrated effort to send a broadcaster a large number of emails in support of restarting the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors of its Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture. On June 26 the broadcaster aired a program on the subject over cable TV and the Internet. The incident would seem to support suspicions that the power industry is more interested in manipulating public opinion than in accurately explaining the safety problems of nuclear power plants.
Japan Times 18th July 2011 more >>
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported to UN Security Council members on Syria’s suspected nuclear activities Thursday during a closed-door meeting.
Middle East Online 15th July 2011 more >>
The Brazilian government has started work on a submarine programme which will include the construction of South America’s first nuclear subs. The move will boost Brazil’s claim to be the strongest force in the region, and strengthen the country’s military assertiveness. This new-found power may harm Britain in the event of another flare-up over the Falklands, according to U.S. news agency Global Post, as Brazil thinks the islands should belong to Argentina.
Daily Mail 17th July 2011 more >>
Telegraph 17th July 2011 more >>
Ms. Elke Koller, a 68-year old German pharmacist, has issued a lawsuit against the German government. Ms. Koller insists that the government must take away 20 atomic bombs from an airbase 4 kms from her house in the town of Bühel. The bombs have been there since the time of the Cold War. She also demands that Germany must not take part in NATOs nuclear program for Europe.
Mathaba 18th July 2011 more >>