Plans for a third reactor on the existing site appeared dead in the water last month when it was excluded from a list of eight locations the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) feels are suitable for nuclear power generation. More than 500 people currently work at Dungeness B and campaigners fear the community will crumble if its main employer ceases to exist. But a glimmer of hope emerged from Parliament this week when renewable energy minister Charles Hendry (Con) indicated the Government would be willing to accept new proposals. He said: We were not limited to eight sites in the process we went through. We decided eight of the sites proposed to us were appropriate and could realistically be developed by 2025. Our concerns about Dungeness related to the special area of conservation, which is protected by law, and we were not persuaded that we could comply in that regard if the site was being developed. We have said that in every other respect Dungeness fulfilled the criteria, so if the special area of conservation issues can be satisfactorily resolved there is no reason why Dungeness could then not come forward separately.
Kent News 23rd July 2011 more >>
Sedgemoor District Council has signed up a host of consultants to provide technical advice during the planning process for EdFs new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
New Civil Engineer 23rd July 2011 more >>
A NEW dry fuel store for Sizewell B has been given the go-ahead by the Government, it was announced today. Charles Hendry, energy minister, has given consent for the store, which will house spent fuel from 2015. The application follows a six-week public consultation held by the company and a consultation period with the county and local authorities and Department of Energy and Climate Change. Station owner EDF said building work will start on the dry fuel store in the summer of 2012 and is expected to take about 18 months to construct.
East Anglian Daily Times 22nd July 2011 more >>
THE future of Sizewell B power station has been secured after the Government approved plans for a new dry fuel store at the nuclear site. But campaigners could mount a legal challenge against the decision issued by energy minister Charles Hendry after a six-week public consultation and talks with local authorities and ask for a judicial review. The go-ahead for the new building, which will store unused and spent fuel rods, at the site means Sizewell B will be able to continue operating past 2015. The rods are currently stored in a wet pond but plant owner EDF had warned that capacity would run out in 2015. If the new storage arrangements were not agreed, it would have put in doubt Sizewell Bs future. The reactor is due to be decommissioned in 2035. But Charles Barnett, chairman of the Shut Down Sizewell campaign, said: The spent fuel store is the Achilles heel of Sizewell B because, unlike the reactor, it is not in secure containment. It is a hostage to fortune if there is a terrorist attack. Mike Taylor, of the Campaign Against Nuclear Development group, said: We strongly resent the storage of highly radioactive waste on a heritage coast over at least a generation and believes this highlights the completely unsustainable and immoral aspect of expecting future generations to clear up our mess. Environmental consultant Pete Wilkinson said he was very disappointed with the decision and hoped that opposition groups could mount a legal challenge, although he acknowledged such a move would be costly.
East Anglian Daily Times 23rd July 2011 more >>
Eon and Npower, the third and fourth largest utilities, are preparing to increase their tariffs to reflect steep rises in wholesale gas and power prices. The rises will ratchet up tension between the industry and government, which is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in inflation that has created the biggest squeeze on disposable incomes since the 1920s.
Sunday Times 24th July 2011 more >>
Caribbean nations on July 20 called on Japan, Britain and France to immediately halt the transport of reprocessed nuclear waste through the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which includes Jamaica and Haiti, said that anxiety about the transport of radioactive waste from Britain and France to Japan has spread through its member countries since the March 11 accident at Japan’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Asahi 24th July 2011 more >>
EMERGENCY planners at Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust ran a training exercise on Saturday to simulate its response to a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. A&E, portering and security staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital were given a practical demonstration of how to treat contaminated patients.
Bucks Herald 23rd July 2011 more >>
Prime Minister Naoto Kan proposed a goal of generating 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by the early 2020s (the figure is around 9 percent today, including big hydroelectric plants). The Diet is currently debating legislation that would push the country in that direction. But can Japan, with its politically-connected nuclear industry, uneven renewable-energy subsidies, and problem-ridden electricity network change fast enough to reach that target? The answer, its seems, has more to do with politics and economics than technology or resources.
Japan Times 24th July 2011 more >>
On Friday, July 15, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (METI) Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, opened a call for bids (tender) regarding the Nuclear Power Safety Regulation Publicity Project, for contractors to monitor blogs and tweets posted about nuclear power and radiation. The question is, will METI draw the line at clarifying erroneous information, or will it act to clamp down and suppress sources of information that it finds inconvenient?
UK Progressive 24th July 2011 more >>
A scientist has been assassinated in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the country’s official news agency said. The IRNA report gave no other details, but the hardline news website javanonline.ir said the man was a nuclear scientist and was targeted by attackers on a motorcycle.
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Special dye-sensitised cells can be made as a flexible film that can be printed onto glass to turn them into a source of energy. New funding will be used to produce working examples of the windows, hopefully within 18 months, Arthur said. We have two goals to improve the efficiency of the electricity generation and to prove that they can last for 25 years, which is what building firms will need.
Sunday Times 24th July 2011 more >>
THE proposed £3 billion Green Investment Bank is expected to switch its focus from supporting the growth of the renewables industry in favour of domestic energy efficiency schemes. Industry lobbyists are worried that plans to use core government funding to leverage £15bn in investment in major infrastructure projects will now be set aside in favour of funding schemes to encourage saving on energy bills. The switch has unsettled campaigners for the bank, particularly in Scotland which sees it as a key part of plans to build a new industrial sector around offshore wind, wave and tidal power.
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