AN EMERGENCY shutdown of the Torness reactors caused by a seaweed blockage has led a Borders councillor to question the value of nuclear power. John Elliot represents Scottish Borders Council on the east coast power station’s liaison committee. He was speaking to TheSouthern after confirmation from station owners British Energy that engineers had been forced into shutting down both power-producing reactors at the 18-year-old station.
Borders Today 21st Sept 2006
JACK McConnell declared his support for a nuclear-free Scotland for the first time yesterday, when he said he did not believe the country needed any new nuclear power stations. The First Minister told MSPs: “I suspect that we have the capacity in Scotland to deliver the energy needs that we have from a massive increase in renewable sources. “I don’t suspect that new [nuclear] stations will be required in Scotland.”
Scotsman 22nd Sept 2006
Dundee Courier 22nd Sept 2006
BBC 21st Sept 2006
IC Scotland 21st Sept 2006
Iran believes that nuclear negotiations with Europe are making progress, President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad said on Thursday, leaving open the possibility that talks “under fair conditions” could include discussion of suspension of Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.
FT 22nd Sept 2006
Reuters 22nd Sept 2006
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today insisted that his country did not need nuclear weapons and had no plans to develop them.
Guardian website 21st Sept 2006
Arab nations asked the UN’s atomic energy watchdog, the IAEA, to adopt a resolution condemning Israel’s nuclear activities — even as the UN pressured Iran on the same issue in New York.
Interactive Investor 21st Sept 2006
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi – who dismantled his own country’s nuclear programme in 2003 – has tried in vain to persuade North Korea to do likewise, South Korean officials said.
Middle East Online 21st Sept 2006
The US is ready to supply technology to Egypt if it develops a peaceful nuclear program.
Independent 22nd July 2006