David Nowell, Fellow, Geological Society: I could not help noticing that, while the French consider a geologist an essential element of the small team who redrew the boundaries of the champagne growing region our government did not appoint a single earth scientist to the committee on the long-term disposal of radioactive waste. Nor have they asked the British Geological Survey for help in outlining those areas where such burial might be possible.
Guardian 17th March 2008 more >>
A German train loaded with nuclear waste parked in the residential district of the Russian city of Avtovo recently. Radiation levels were quickly found to be more than 30 times higher than accepted levels.
Environmental Graffiti 19th March 2008 more >>
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) plans to launch a version of its Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (APWR) specifically for the European market. The company held a seminar in Brussels to discuss the EU-APWR project with European utilities.
World Nuclear News 18th March 2008 more >>
Costain has been awarded an £11m contract with Magnox North to build an internal capping roof to both reactor buildings at Trawsfynydd.
Builder and Engineer 20th March 2008 more >>
The Hoax of Eco-friendly Nuclear Energy. Article by Karl Grossman.
Extra, January-February 2008 more >>
Apparently no shortfalls were found in the four designs that could prevent them from being constructed on UK sites, although this is the very initial part of the assessment process, which is expected to take three and a half years, and does not necessarily mean that all of the designs will ultimately be built.
New Consumer 19th March 2008 more >>
Building 19th March 2008 more >>
Lifestyle change and nuclear power is what we need and fast, says Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK Government.
Climate Change Corp 19th March 2008 more >>
The Netherlands will focus on developing cleaner coal plants and raising renewable energy output to cut carbon emissions rather than expanding its nuclear energy industry at present, the environment minister said. While other European countries like Britain are taking a fresh look at nuclear power due to its credentials as a carbon free energy source, the Dutch government is sticking to an agreement to build no more nuclear plants during its mandate.
Guardian website 19th March 2008 more >>
ONE of the most hazardous tasks in shutting down the Dounreay nuclear plant has been completed after a painstaking eight years. All 1,500 tonnes of liquid metal have been drained from the 250 megawatt Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR), once the hub of Britain’s fast breeder research and development programme. It operated between 1974 and 1994, when it produced electricity for the national grid. The liquid sodium metal was used as the coolant to transfer heat from the reactor core through three secondary circuits to a steam-generating plant for electricity production.
Scotsman 20th March 2008 more >>
The Florida Public Service Commission has given approval to Florida Power & Light to build two nuclear power units at its Turkey Point generating complex in Miami-Dade County. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the additional nuclear plants and specifically agreed that Florida Power & Light (FPL) should proceed with making reservation payments on a key piece of equipment with long advance ordering requirements.
Datamonitor 19th March 2008 more >>
Central Europe’s biggest power producer CEZ confirmed today it has agreed to take a 15 pct stake in a Romanian nuclear power plant investment valued at a total of 2.3 bln eur.
AFX 19th March 2008 more >>
Mr Brown told MPs that the security situation in the UK had changed since the old threats of the Cold War and Irish republican terrorism. Now, the consequences of regional instability, terrorism, climate change, poverty, mass immigration and organised crime “reverberate quickly around the globe”.
Telegraph 20th March 2008 more >>
Guardian 20th March 2008 more >>
Ken Livingstone and Sian Berry write to ask supporters to use second preference votes to support each other to stop pro-nuclear Boris.
Guardian 20th March 2008 more >>