THE transport of plutonium off the Welsh coast was criticised by politicians last night as it emerged radioactive cargo was shipped through the Irish Sea on a former ferry. Safety fears over the use of the 20-year-old ship, Atlantic Osprey, on a journey between Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and Cherbourg in France were raised by the Wales Nuclear Free Local Authority Forum (NFLA).
Western Mail 10th Jan 2007
Once again, an accident investigation is under way at Sellafield. Just a few months ago, a leak of radioactive material at the Thorp reprocessing plant cost £2.5m in fines and brought a shaming comment from a High Court judge that it was “worthy of Homer Simpson”. Now we learn that six workers have been contaminated in two separate accidents last week – five in one incident that bosses at the British Nuclear Group refuse to give information on. Yet another urgent review of safety procedures is under way, but BNG should also take a long, cool look at their public relations. The more bosses at Sellafield pull the shutters down, the harder it is to support the argument that nuclear is clean, safe, secure and properly managed.
CarlisleNews & Star 18th January 2007
– President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at a U.S. military buildup in the Gulf, saying Thursday that Iran is ready for any possibility in the standoff over its nuclear program.
Guardian website 19th Jan 2007
Two scientists who sat on a nuclear waste committee have alleged that chaotic organistaion drove the committee to approve an option for deep storage of high-level nuclear waste. Labour MPs have responded to their allegations by saying there had been a ” cover-up”. The scientists, Professor David Ball and Dr Keith Baverstock, left the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) in April and May. David Miliband, the Secretary of State for the Environment, subsequently informed Labour MPs that Professor Ball had left for “personal reasons”, an assertion dismissed by the professor as “misleading”. Professor Ball and Dr Baverstock accused Tony Blair of “manipulating” the committee’s decision for “political ends”. They believe its recommendation for deep storage of high-level waste was used to push through the Cabinet the decision to go ahead with a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Independent 19th Jan 2007
In the recent ‘TRANS-CSP’ report commissioned by the German government, it is estimated that CSP electricity, imported from North Africa and the Middle East, could become one of the cheapest sources of electricity in Europe, including the cost of transmission, writes Gerry Wolff.
Middle East Online 18th Jan 2007
Britain’s International Nuclear Solutions Plc said on Thursday it had recently received an approach over a potential offer for the company, and said it was considering the matter which was at a very early stage.
Reuters 18th Jan 2007
French energy giant Electricite de France (EDF) would consider investing in a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania if offered, a senior executive said.
ABC Money 18th Jan 2007
The government’s argument for keeping an “independent nuclear deterrent” is flawed, a veteran Christian campaigner has told MPs. CND vice president Bruce Kent told the Commons Defence Select Committee the White Paper on the future of Trident was unimaginative and disappointing.
Ekklesia 18th Jan 2007