THE routes nuclear waste from other power plants will travel to reach Bradwell have been revealed. Controversial plans to allow Magnox to remove a planning condition barring it from storing waste removed from other plants was approved by Essex County Council in August. The intermediate level waste, which would come from Sizewell in Suffolk and Dungeness in Kent, typically consists of sludge, sand, gravel and metal. As part of the approval Magnox is required to provide the route the waste will travel once in the Dengie after arriving by train and road. County Hall will have to approve the plans before any movement begins. Some waste will arrive by train to Southminster railway station. Once it has arrived it will be taken via the B1018, Steeple Road, Foxhall Road, Batt’s Road, Bradwell Road, Steeple Road, Maldon Road, Trusses Road and the Bradwell Site Approach Road.
Maldon & Burnham Standard 21st Dec 2016 read more »
A small district council in the heart of the English countryside has been lured “like a prostitute into a strange house” into merging with its money-grabbing neighbour, an MP has warned. Ian Liddell-Grainger said the proposal to amalgamate West Somerset Council with Taunton Deane will “kill off local democracy”. And he suggested the only reason Taunton Deane wants to merge with its smaller and nearly bankrupt neighbour is so it can get its hands on the lucrative business rates which will eventually come on tap when Hinkley Point is up and running.
Plymouth Herald 21st Dec 2016 read more »
As Hinkley Point C moved into the next phase of development, the main civil works of the project have been brought into focus. In order to guarantee the success of this landmark construction project, there needs to be effective planning, preparation and partnership. ICE’s networking evening “Delivering Project Excellence: Planning and Preparation for Hinkley Point C” will connect the key project stakeholders with the wider civil engineering community to discuss best practice for delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects.
ICE 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Workers at the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness will vote on industrial action. Union members at the former fast reactor have rejected a 1% pay rise offer from Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL). Dounreay Joint Trade Unions (DJTU), which incorporates the GMB, Unite and Prospect unions, claims the offer is not in line with other parts of the industry. DSRL says the deal is comparable to recent pay increases in the sector.
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The Japanese government is calling on the country’s financial institutions to make good on an arrangement it has made with the UK government to put together a financial package totalling 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) for a UK nuclear power plant project. The project is spearheaded by Hitachi, which will be promoting Japan’s nuclear technology in anticipation of a nuclear power boom. The British government has contracted Hitachi unit Horizon Nuclear Power to build and run two nuclear power reactors at a site on the Welsh coast known as Wylfa Newydd. The total project cost is estimated at around £19 billion ($24.1 billion) in all. It has been rumoured that the UK will pay 25% of that, with Hitachi contributing around 10%.
Modern Power Systems 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Labour MP Jamie Reed is quitting Parliament to take a job in the nuclear industry. The ex-shadow health minister said it was an “honour” to represent Copeland since 2005, adding: “Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life.” He will stand down at the end of January, triggering a by-election in a seat Labour retained in 2015 with a 2,564 majority. Mr Reed has been a persistent critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He resigned from Labour’s front bench as soon as Mr Corbyn won the 2015 leadership contest. Jamie Reed didn’t hide his scepticism towards the current leadership of his party. He resigned from the front bench within a minute of Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in September 2015, denouncing the new leader’s opposition to nuclear energy as “fundamentally wrong”. But he felt it was better to stay and fight his party’s shift to the left rather than leave – and was congratulated by none other than the former SDP leader Lord Owen for that stance. He insists now that his resignation as an MP isn’t a protest against Jeremy Corbyn – instead, he says, he can help his community in other ways. He will be rejoining the nuclear industry where he worked before being elected to parliament in 2005. The question is whether his actions will lead to a meltdown in the Labour vote.
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One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most persistent critics quit as a Labour MP to take a job in the nuclear industry, triggering a three-way fight for his marginal northern seat with the Conservatives and Ukip.
Guardian 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Steve Bell on Jamie Reed quitting as an MP.
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Mr Corbyn’s opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weapons will be sure to come under the spotlight during the by-election campaign in a constituency dominated by the Sellafield plant. Neighbouring Barrow is the location for construction work on the submarines that will replace Trident. Mr Reed has described Mr Corbyn’s position on nuclear weapons as juvenile and narcissistic. He quit Labour’s front bench the day Mr Corbyn was elected in protest at his track record on civil nuclear power, calling it “poorly informed and fundamentally wrong”.
Times 22nd Dec 2016 read more »
Labour sources told the Telegraph that more than 12 Labour MPs are now seriously considering quitting the party before the 2020 general election.
Telegraph 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Could Labour lose a seat to a Tory government for the first time since 1982?
Independent 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Head-hunted by Sellafield in 2000 to mastermind the Union’s ‘Save Our Sellafield’ campaign following the damaging MOX falsification scandal in 1999, Jamie Reid was elected in 2005 as the Member of Parliament for the Copeland constituency in West Cumbria in which the Sellafield plant is situated . During his time at Westminster he served variously as Labour’s Shadow Environment Minister and as Shadow Health Minister. Not the greatest of fans of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Jamie Reid resigned as his Shadow Health Minister in 2015 citing his leader’s opposition to nuclear power. He later called for Corbyn’s resignation following the Brexit vote in which Copeland’s voters overwhelmingly supported leaving the EU despite their MP’s plea to remain. Due to take up his new position as Sellafield’s Head of Development and Community Relations on 1st February 2017, he has told the media that by working at Sellafield he could achieve more for the local community than he would at Westminster, and claimed that he would not be a ‘propagandist’ for the nuclear industry. Many observers will take the claim with a pinch of salt given that, as Copeland’s MP he has been a resolute propagandist for Sellafield and the driving force behinds the plans by NuGeneration (NuGen) to develop a new nuclear power station on its Moorside site directly adjacent to Sellafield. Returning to his old Sellafield stomping ground in the New Year – apparently at a greater salary than that he enjoyed at Westminster – his new paymasters will doubtless expect him to toe the company line even more resolutely than before.
CORE 21st Dec 2016 read more »
In the light of the news that Jamie Reed is to take a job with Sellafield – we ask: did he ever leave? The following is from our blog posted back in February 2013 ……..the revolving doors are corrupting any illusion of democracy in this Nuclear Dystopia.
Radiation Free Lakeland 21st Dec 2016 read more »
The Queen has been pleased to approve the following ministerial appointments: Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG as Commercial Secretary (Minister of State) at Her Majesty’s Treasury (having previously been a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy); Lord Prior of Brampton as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (having previously been a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health)
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Lord Prior of Brampton has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a surprise government reshuffle that has seen Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved to the Treasury. Although Prior’s precise brief at BEIS has yet to be confirmed, he is likely to pick up many of Neville-Rolfe’s duties following confirmation she is to leave the department to become Commercial Secretary at the Treasury. Neville-Rolfe, who was only appointed minister of state at BEIS in Theresa May’s government back in July, had been praised by green business and clean energy groups, who welcomed her commitment to the UK’s decarbonisation efforts and support for clean technologies. However, critics noted that the reshuffle suggests responsibility for energy in the new departments could be downgraded. Labour’s Barry Gardiner highlighted on Twitter how Lord Prior’s new role as under-secretary at BEIS, differed from Neville-Rolfe’s position as minster of state. He joins a department facing a daunting in-tray for 2017, as Business Secretary Greg Clark prepares to deliver the government’s promised industrial strategy, unveil its long-awaited emissions reduction plan, and mobilise increased investment in clean energy infrastructure, while also playing a key role in supporting the UK’s Brexit negotiations.
Business Green 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Does nuclear energy have a future or is it a technology of the past? Theo Leggett visits a power station in the UK, the first country to commercialise nuclear power in the 1950s and 60s, and counts the cost of decommissioning old nuclear reactors – a jobs that is now just beginning. Dr Paul Dorfman from the Energy Institute at University College London tells us why the vast costs involved in nuclear power make talk of a revival in the industry premature, both in the UK and in Europe. And Professor Lucas Davis from the University of California, Berkeley, explains why the election of Donald Trump is unlikely to provide a boost to a flagging nuclear industry in the US.
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Nuclear Hotseat #287: UN’s UNSCEAR lies re: Fukushima Radiation – Dr. Alex Rosen + Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano.
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The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief, Yukiya Amano, will secure a third term in office since his most likely challenger has chosen not to run against him, according to diplomats who follow the Vienna-based agency. Amano, a 69-year-old career diplomat from Japan, has headed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 2009. He said in September he would seek to stay on, emphasizing the importance of continuity in policing Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers, among other issues.
Reuters 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Researchers from The University of Manchester have taken a major step forward by describing the quantitative modelling of the electronic structure of a family of uranium nitride compounds – a process that could in the future help with nuclear waste recycling technologies. This research has been published in the leading multi-disciplinary journal Nature Communications. “In this nuclear age, there is a pressing need for improved extraction agents for nuclear waste separations and recycling technologies,” explained Professor Steve Liddle, Head of Inorganic Chemistry and Co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at The University of Manchester. “To achieve this, a much better understanding of the electronic structure of actinide complexes is needed since this impacts on how these elements interact with extractants. “However, quantifying the electronic structure of these elements in molecules is a major challenge because many complex electronic effects become very important and of similar magnitude to each other with heavy elements. “This makes their modeling very complex and much more difficult than for more routinely probed elements such as the transition metals. “This means that traditional descriptions of the electronic structure of actinide elements are often of a qualitative nature – but this is precisely the area where quantitative models are needed because our understanding of core chemical concepts become increasingly nebulous at the foot of the periodic table.”
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RUSI Research Analyst Cristina Varriale argues that with the election of Donald Trump, 2017 could be a uncertain and unpredictable year for nuclear policy.
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Japan is to close its Monju fast breeder reactor in a further step towards the global abandonment of a technology that once promised unlimited nuclear power with minimal waste. Used fuel will be removed from the troubled reactor in Fukui prefecture over the next five years and the experiment will be fully decommissioned by 2047, said the government’s ministerial committee on nuclear power. Fast breeder reactors have the potential to greatly reduce volumes of nuclear waste but the technology has been plagued by concerns about cost and safety. Japan’s decision to follow the US and UK in abandoning its experimental reactor suggests the breeder technology is unlikely ever to reach widespread deployment.
FT 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Japan has decided to pull the plug on its so-called “dream reactor” that was designed to burn a plutonium-uranium mixture, while producing more plutonium in the process, which, it was hoped, could be converted into more nuclear fuel. But the Monju nuclear plant cost 20 billion yen ($170 million, 163 million euros) per year, and over its 22-year lifetime, it operated just 250 days. And its operating costs were about to go up. The reactor would have required costly upgrades to meet new safety standards that were implemented after the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima reactor in 2011.
Deutsche Welle 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn).
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The Indian government has forecast that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris last year by nearly half and three years ahead of schedule. A draft 10-year energy blueprint published this week predicts that 57% of India’s total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027. The Paris climate accord target was 40% by 2030. The forecast reflects an increase in private sector investment in Indian renewable energy projects over the past year, according to analysts. The draft national electricity plan also indicated that no new coal-fired power stations were likely to be required to meet Indian energy needs until at least 2027, raising further doubts over the viability of Indian mining investments overseas, such as the energy company Adani’s Carmichael mine in Queensland, the largest coalmine planned to be built in Australia.
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Renewables – offshore wind
Glasgow-based Scottish Power is to hold a day-long supply chain event for its £2.5 billion East Anglia-1 offshore wind farm as part of an ‘all-energy’ exhibition and conference for the southern North Sea. Representatives from up to 500 supply chain companies are expected to attend the event, in the hope of winning contracts for the 102-turbine, 714-megawatt wind farm.
Scottish Energy News 22nd Dec 2016 read more »
Renewables – solar
Following on from Brave’s letter earlier this month, the SunnyMoney team in Malawi has recorded this short message of thanks – and a song about the SM100, which has helped them so much in these hard times.
Solar5 Aid 21st Dec 2016 read more »
Fracking has no social licence in the UK, will contribute little to the economy, will have a huge adverse impact on other sectors, will be a disaster to climate and the environment, and won’t even improve energy security, write Peter Strachan and Alex Russell. Do we really want to see 16,000 or more shale gas wells drilled in the British countryside? Let’s FraXit now!
Ecologist 19th Dec 2016 read more »