The government will not subsidise new nuclear power plants, so if the private sector does not provide the huge investments needed, the country will have to do without, the minister responsible for energy said on Thursday. The Labour government sees nuclear power as one of the most effective weapons in the fight against climate change and in efforts to reduce the country’s growing dependence on imported fossil fuels. But that does not mean it will pay for or build nuclear plants. “The government is not going to build a single nuclear power station,” Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling told a committee of members of parliament.
Reuters 21st June 2007 http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKL2179895320070621?rpc=401&
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a joint venture between General Electric Co and Hitachi Ltd, said it has submitted its ESBWR reactor design for assessment by UK regulators.
Interactive Investor 21st June 2007 http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=6156996&subject=companies&action=article
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, confirming a report in the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, said it will bid jointly with Areva for a multi-million-dollar research and development contract for a US nuclear fuel cycle program.
ABC Money 22nd June 2007 http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/news/22200791930.htm
The United States should start building new nuclear power plants by the end of the decade to help cut oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions, President George W Bush said Thursday.
Monsters and Critics 21st June 2007 http://news.monstersandcritics.com/energywatch/nuclear/news/article_1320889.php/Bush_US_needs_more_nuclear_power
The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change says he cannot see a credible scenario without nuclear energy.
World Nuclear News 21st June 2007 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/energyEnvironment/No_credible_scenario_without_nuclear_-_climate_chief-210607.shtml
A huge shift in thinking is shifting world utility companies towards nuclear power, energy efficiency and cleaner fuels according to Price Waterhouse Coopers.
World Nuclear News 21st June 2007 http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/energyEnvironment/Winds_of_change_blow_utilities_towards_nuclear.shtml
WORK on building the controversial new EPR nuclear power station at Flamanville on the Normandy coast is now going ahead in earnest.
Jersey Evening Post 21st June 2007 http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/news5.html
A delegation from the French government is in Jersey to answer concerns about safety at a proposed nuclear power plant on the coast near the island.
BBC 21st June 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/6225850.stm
NEW fears have emerged over the safety of an ageing nuclear reactor at Oldbury Power Station following the publication of a “shocking” report. A top nuclear expert has warned that the decision to allow the reactor to re-start after two years of tests, even though an extra safety system had not been fitted, was “deeply alarming”. It comes after an internal report was made public under the Freedom of Information Act, which stated that the reactor was not safe enough to operate for the next 18 months but allowed it to carry on operating on a temporary basis until November.
Gloucestershire Gazette 21st June 2007 http://gazetteseries.co.uk/display.var.1486172.0.new_safety_fears_over_nuclear_reactor.php
Christopher Hill, the US assistant secretary of state, yesterday paid a surprise visit to Pyongyang to try to revive the stop-start multilateral talks aimed at convincing North Korea to relinquish its nuclear ambitions.
FT 22nd June 2007 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/663f88a2-205e-11dc-9eb1-000b5df10621,_i_rssPage=7f5f6b12-2f66-11da-8b51-00000e2511c8.html
The United States is insisting that multiple facilities at North Korea’s Yongbyon complex be shut down, American officials said on Thursday, and these demands could pose new pitfalls for the February 13 nuclear agreement.
Reuters 22nd June 2007 http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKN2141028120070621?rpc=401&
Iran’s nuclear negotiator will meet EU foreign policy chief on Saturday in Portugal.
EU Business 21st June 2007 http://www.eubusiness.com/news_live/1182423602.17
France has expelled an Iranian student over alleged links to Iran’s nuclear programme and he now seeks to clear his name so he can resume studies at a top Paris institute, the student’s lawyer said on Thursday.
Reuters 21st June 2007 http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKL2146684120070621?rpc=401&
The head of the world’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned that the organisation is so under-funded that it would have difficulty responding to a nuclear accident. In an unusual and angry appeal, Mohamed ElBaradei also claimed that the IAEA no longer had reliable equipment to detect covert nuclear activity, nor did it have consistent funding for its efforts to combat nuclear smuggling.
Guardian 22nd June 2007 http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,,2108867,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12
The promise of a nuclear energy renaissance drove EDF to record highs on the Paris stock exchange yesterday, making it France’s biggest listed company. EDF, which has 5.5 million customers in Britain and has teamed up with Areva in bidding for a licence to build a third-generation European pressurised reactor (EPR) in the UK, overtook the French oil company Total on the CAC-40. The group, 86% owned by the French state, soared more than 6% to be worth €141.7bn (£95.3bn).
Guardian 22nd June 2007 http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2108809,00.html
An investigation has been launched into the discovery of suspected plutonium during checks of contaminated ground at Dounreay. The ground around the old effluent collection tanks is known to have been contaminated by historical leakage, and staff have been carrying out checks of the area to finalise plans for a £4 million clean-up. Higher than expected levels of radioactivity were detected during inspection of a manhole.
UKAEA Dounreay Bulletin http://www.ukaea.org.uk/downloads/dounreay/bulletins/Dounreay_Bulletin_20th_June.pdf
ICScotland 21st June 2007 http://icscotland.icnetwork.co.uk/news/scottish/tm_headline=plutonium-found-at-nuclear-plant%26method=full%26objectid=19335519%26siteid=50141-name_page.html
Scotsman 22nd June 2007 http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=976682007
Herald 22nd June 2007 http://www.theherald.co.uk/search/display.var.1490706.0.plutonium_found_in_contaminated_ground_at_dounreay.php
China and the West are both under pressure to change economic course after a new study showed Asia’s rising power had become the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the key greenhouse gas. China had been expected to remain behind the United States in the emissions table until 2010, but its booming economy and surging demand for electricity have sent releases soaring from its cement works and power stations. China is planning a major expansion in renewable resources and is also planning to increase the number of nuclear power stations from 10 to 40 or 50 by 2020.
Telegraph 21st June 2007 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/06/20/eaclim120.xml
For most Spaniards March 20 was a windy Tuesday that has already faded from memory. But for the country’s renewable energy sector it became an unforgettable day when, at 5.40pm, favourable gusts from the Atlantic increased wind energy production to a record high. At this historic moment, thousands of 100-metre-high wind turbines towering over Spanish hillsides produced 8,375 megawatts of power, representing 27 per cent of Spain’s total electricity supply; more than nuclear, coal or any other single energy source. Just over 72 per cent of the country’s total installed wind capacity of 11,500MW was pumping power into the national grid. Savings in terms of lower imported oil costs and CO2 emissions would also have been at a maximum.
FT 21st June 2007 http://search.ft.com/ftArticle?queryText=Revolutions&y=11&aje=true&x=12&id=070621000705
A recent political decision to lift long-standing curbs on uranium mining in Australia has triggered a rally in the share price of small uranium explorers, amid expectations that the country will be better able to exploit its resources of the metal. However, a senior executive from BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company and owner of the biggest uranium deposit, has struck a note of caution by underlining the difficulties that lie ahead for companies hoping to develop projects in Australia.
FT 21st June 2007 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/1800bdf8-1f93-11dc-ac86-000b5df10621.html
The average British household has three low-energy lightbulbs and 22 incandescent bulbs. The energy saved by changing all the bulbs would be enough to render two nuclear power stations redundant, according to MEA. (Marches Energy Agency – Shrewsbury) Unfortunately, the Government has not done enough to communicate this message.
Independent 21st June 2007 http://environment.independent.co.uk/lifestyle/article2688326.ece
WE just happened to be watching events inside the House of Commons when the ghost of Nirex seemed to enter the chamber. For, in answer to a question, secretary of state for Trade and Industry and friend of a certain Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling made the following statement: “The nation’s nuclear waste is almost certain to be stored in an underground repository.” Well we all knew the dig-a-deep-hole-and-bury-it option was the most likely… now it’s official. The only question now is will it be, as most expect, beneath the green pastures of Gosforth?
Whitehaven News 21st June 2007 http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=511990
LILLYHALL businessmen were picketing the site of a proposed nuclear decontamination facility last Friday. They were also urging the 5,000 people likely to be affected by the plant to join them in showing the strength of opposition to the siting of the factory in Lillyhall to councillors on a site visit at Joseph Noble Road. Protestors say it is ridiculous to transport contaminated material from Sellafield to Lillyhall, only to transport it back again at the end of the process. Mark Lyons, president of Studsvik UK Ltd, said: “Studsvik is a responsible, respected company with a proven track record in the safe and efficient treatment of metal contaminated with very low-level radiation.
Whitehaven News 21st June 2007 http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/news/viewarticle.aspx?id=512033
SCOTLAND is to lead the world in action to combat climate change, cutting carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. John Swinney, the Cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth, told the Scottish Parliament he was committed to an ambitious programme of cuts that would be an inspiration to the world and help to turn this country into “the green energy capital of Europe”.
However, he was accused of performing a “major U-turn” by dropping an SNP manifesto commitment to mandatory annual emissions reductions of 3 per cent.
Scotsman 22nd June 2007 http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=976742007