The first phase of public consultation over plans for an underground nuclear dump in Cumbria has ended. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership (MRWS) was set up to consult the public over the issue. It organised drop-in sessions, sent out information packs, collected comments and answered questions. It will now collate the data received during the process and will publish its findings later in the spring. It will then advise the three councils whether or not they should remain involved in the process. The public will then have another chance to say what they think, probably this autumn, before any decisions are taken.
Cumberland News 24th Feb 2011 more >>
Today’s entry reports on the Infrastructure Planning Commission and Planning Inspectorate views on how they will merge on 1 April 2012. The Localism Bill, once enacted (probably in November 2011) and in force (probably on 1 April 2012), will abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). It will return examination of applications and decisions on them to the government, although the authorisation regime under the Planning Act 2008 will otherwise remain largely unchanged. The job of examining applications will be subcontracted by the government to a new unit of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The current working title for this is the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit, although I am told this may change so that people don’t call it ‘my poo’.
Bircham Dyson Bell 24th Feb 2011 more >>
EDF Energy is to invest around £100million into the community as part of its plans for Hinkley Point C, it has been revealed today. The cash promises to be of lasting benefit by improving the quality of life for local people and by investing in infrastructure. It includes a £20million community fund – up on the original £1million – which will be spent by the community and local authorities, as well as contributions to housing, colleges, skills and services.
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News 24th Feb 2011 more >>
Bridgwater is about to emerge as a new hot spot for home builders, according to South West land agent CJH Land.
Morrison’s is building a £95m regional distribution centre in the town and the Hinkley Point C power station has also been proposed. Matthew Hiles, from CJH Land, thinks that with more jobs on the horizon demand for housing is about to rise. He said: “The distribution centre and food preparation facility will create 2,650 jobs and those people will need. The power station will be the biggest development ever seen in the region with 3,500 construction workers. “With thousands of people relocating to the area from all over Europe there will be a huge demand for new homes.”
Insider Media 24th Feb 2011 more >>
“The people of the West and the people of Great Britain need nuclear, the need is obvious.” Vincent de Rivaz’ opening salvo could hardly be simpler and clearer. The chief executive of EDF has probably articulated his message many times over, but he hasn’t tired of repeating it, such is his staunch belief in Britain’s need to embrace nuclear if the country is to provide energy to a growing population. Slowly his French accent, which commands the English language impeccably, explains why nuclear power is such a necessity for the West Country and beyond.
This is Somerset 24th Feb 2011 more >>
EDF Energy will host a regional supply chain event entitled “New Nuclear Opportunities” to highlight the role that Somerset businesses could have in helping deliver the project. The event will take place at The Exchange, Bridgwater on 6 July. EDF Energy intends to build four new EPR reactors in the UK in total, with the first generating electricity by the end of 2017 and commercially operational in 2018.
This is Somerset 24th Feb 2011 more >>
EDF Energy was hit last year by an unscheduled shutdown at Sizewell B, its largest UK plant, and by “tough trading conditions” in the year to 31 December, the company said. As a result, UK sales fell 4.9 per cent to €10.7 billion, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) fell 10.8 per cent to €2.7 billion.
Utility Week 23rd Feb 2011 more >>
Nuclear Vs Wind
Letter: The Scottish Government’s Electricity Generation Policy Statement details plans for the 5TW-hr of energy produced by onshore wind in 2008 to grow to almost 20TW-hr by 2030. At the same time the 14.3TW-hr of nuclear energy produced in 2008 will vanish
Scotsman 25th Feb 2011 more >>
A 20-YEAR-OLD Saudi student has been arrested in Texas over a bomb plot that may have targeted former president George W Bush and nuclear power plants, US officials said last night.
Scotsman 25th Feb 2011 more >>
Guardian 25th Feb 2011 more >>
Filtration and environmental technology firm Porvair has secured a 600,000 euro (£511,000) nuclear order bolstering a promising start to the year. The deal will see the King’s Lynn-based company supply equipment and filters for mixed oxide fuel production to a client, the identity of which has not been made public. The win follows a similar mixed oxide project delivered in the US last year in a new line of work for the company, which bosses said offers “further opportunities for future contracts”.
Eastern Daily Press 24th Feb 2011 more >>
Centrica: On Thursday we announced profits of £2.4bn, less than a third of which came from British Gas energy supply. This reflects both the growing size of the Centrica group – through our investments in UK gas production and nuclear power – and a first-class performance across the business. These are profits for a purpose. We’re investing more than £1.5bn every year to secure new supplies of gas and power for Britain and to revolutionise the energy efficiency of our homes. In fact, for every £1 we’ve made over the past five years, we’ve invested £1.60.
Telegraph 25th Feb 2011 more >>
Sounds like a chapter in a science fiction book? Well,it’s not. Rosatom and Russian Railways are seriously developing a nuclear powered train. Vice-president of Russian Railways (RZhD) Valentin Gapanovich says they will present the layout of the train by the end of this year. The train will consist of 11 wagons. The engine of the train will be a small fast breeder reactor, and in its initial stage, the train will be a scientific exhibition complex.
Barents Observer 24th Feb 2011 more >>
Public support for nuclear energy in the USA remains high, with 71% of people saying they favour its use, according to the results of a new survey.
World Nuclear News 24th Feb 2011 more >>
China is blocking the release of a report by a UN expert panel on the revelations of a new and highly sophisticated uranium enrichment plant in North Korea, according to Security Council diplomats.
Telegraph 24th Feb 2011 more >>
Nuclear test veterans in the area face a tense wait as their long-running campaign for compensation goes before the Supreme Court.
The former servicemen witnessed massive nuclear explosions and were exposed to radiation in the 1950s and 60s as part of Operation Grapple. They are among 1,00 veterans and their surviving families, fighting a legal case seeking recognition and compensation from the Government, with a key ruling expected next week.
Peterborough Telegraph 24th Feb 2011 more >>