Letter from George Regan: The statement of the Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson that she supports a call for a full public inquiry on whether new nuclear power stations should be built, is highly welcome. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) have also called for a public inquiry to the Government in its submission to a number of nuclear power consultations. Only when all the pros and cons of nuclear power are fully considered – particularly over safety, security and radioactive waste management – can the public be truly assured of whether billions of pounds should be spent on this option. The NFLA believes that nuclear power is a risky and expensive red herring to the solution of energy security and combating climate change.
Western Mail 19th Aug 2009 more >>
MORE than a hundred fragments of spent nuclear fuel have been removed from the seabed off Dounreay in the latest phase of work to clean up and decommission the former nuclear plant. The particles were detected and retrieved by a remotely-operated vehicle that scanned an area of seabed equivalent in size to more than 10 football pitches. The robotic system recovered 115 particles during the two-month operation. Of these, 29 were in the higher hazard category defined by independent experts as a “significant” threat to health. Another 16 suspected fragments detected by the ROV also gave readings in this category but were not retrieved. Six could not be targeted accurately for retrieval and 10 were buried deeper in the sediment than the 45cm reach of the ROV retrieval system.
Herald 20th Aug 2009 more >>
HUNDREDS of families face an uncertain future after Anglesey Aluminium decided to leave the negotiating table and continue their plans to close the smelter next month. It had been thought that Anglesey Aluminium could continue to operate with 250 workers up until the end of December 2010, when the present Wylfa Nuclear power station is due to stop producing electricity.
Holyhead and Anglesey Mail 19th Aug 2009 more >>
Sellafield is to be sentenced on Friday at Carlisle Crown Court over radiation exposure amid calls for extending a Radiation Linked Diseases scheme to the wider public. The company have admitted guilt for exposing two workers to radiation in 2007 and will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court when representatives from anti nuclear groups, including Radiation Free Lakeland and Campaign Against Climate Change will be attending.
Get Noticed Online 19th Aug 2009 more >>
Martin Forwood: Throughout its more than 50-year history, British reprocessing has been an expensive and needless enterprise; The country’s major reprocessing plant has been plagued with design faults and worker errors; Although the government has said that reprocessing will be stopped eventually, it should stop immediately.
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 19th Aug 2009 more >>
WHAT is believed to be the first ever UK-made component for China’s nuclear power programme has started its 10,000 mile journey from Sheffield Forgemasters’ Brightside Lane works.
Sheffield Star 20th Aug 2009 more >>
TWO local sites earmarked for radioactive waste disposal are set to get the thumbs down from Cumbria County Council even though one – at Lillyhall – has already taken small amounts. Cabinet councillors next week are expected to approve a recommendation that the low level radioactive waste is kept at Sellafield rather than sent to Keekle Head or Lillyhall. But it emerged yesterday that the Lillyhall site already has low level waste buried under it and will not need planning permission to dispose of any more.
Whitehaven News 19th Aug 2009 more >>
National Nuclear Laboratory
Energy and Climate Change Minister, Lord Hunt, today announced the appointment of Peter Jones and Ian Smale as Non Executive Directors of the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). As Non Executive Directors they will work alongside the NNL Chairman, Richard Maudslay CBE, and the recently appointed Management Contractor to tackle the UK’s nuclear waste legacy and also contribute to the programme of nuclear new build.
DECC 19th Aug 2009 more >>
The purchase of an EPR simulator has revealed the seriousness of GdF Suez’s ambitions in nuclear power. Apart from Electrabel and a set of nuclear-related subsidiaries, the bulk of the group which was formed a year ago from Gaz de France and Suez of Belgium has been primarily involved in natural gas. However, a strategic move to pursue nuclear power beyond Electrabel could see it with ownership shares in French, British and Emirati reactors in just a few years. Beyond that, it wants a controlling stake in France’s next EPR.
World Nuclear News 19th Aug 2009 more >>
MB Aerospace Holdings Ltd has confirmed the sale of its MB Faber business, which specialises in nuclear decommissioning has its head office in Leyland, to FTSE 250-listed company James Fisher and Sons plc.
Lancashire Evening Post 19th Aug 2009 more >>
China has approved plans to start building the third phase of its Tianwan nuclear complex in October next year, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said in a statement. Tianwan, in eastern Jiangsu province, now has two 1.06 GW pressurised water reactors using technology from Russia.
Yahoo 20th Aug 2009 more >>
Ankara wants a lower price from a Russian-led consortium aiming to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant as the government prepares to finalise its decision on the project, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.
Reuters 19th Aug 2009 more >>
Interactive Investor 19th Aug 2009 more >>
North Korea has said it is ready to restart negotiations over its nuclear programme, but that it will only deal directly with the United States, according to Bill Richardson, the governor of New Mexico.
Telegraph 20th Aug 2009 more >>
Israel is accusing the UN nuclear weapons watchdog of holding back incriminating evidence of Iran’s drive to obtain nuclear weapons, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday. It cited unnamed Israeli officials as saying the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was refraining from publishing data obtained in recent months that indicates Iran is pursing information about weaponisation efforts and a military nuclear programme.
Middle East Online 19th Aug 2009 more >>
Workers at the nuclear reactor facility in Dimona were made to volunteer to drink uranium in 1998 as part of an experiment, according to a lawsuit filed four months ago in the Be’er Sheva Labor Tribunal by a former worker at the facility.
Labour.net 18th Aug 2009 more >>
Finland’s finance minister, said that he wants three new nuclear power stations to be constructed in Finland, Finnish News Agency STT reported. Katainen said that all three applications recently submitted to construct nuclear plants must be permitted as the country’s industry needs additional energy.
Energy Business Review 17th Aug 2009 more >>
The total number of countries that have ratified the United Nations-backed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has inched closer to 150 after Liberia ratified the agreement this week.
eGov Monitor 20th Aug 2009 more >>
Energy companies have been accused of blocking Government proposals to install energy displays in every home despite research showing it will save the average household £130 per year.
Telegraph 20th Aug 2009 more >>
Traffic lights at 300 junctions across London are to be made permanently “ green” after the mayor yesterday announced plans to install energy-saving LEDs at 3,500 traffic lights. Boris Johnson said Transport for London (TfL) will install more than 10,000 LEDs, each of which is expected to cut energy use and carbon emissions by 60 per cent compared to existing bulbs.
Guardian 20th Aug 2009 more >>