SCANA Corp’s South Carolina Electric & Gas utility is stepping back from plans to pursue a new nuclear reactor as costs skyrocket, a spokesman said on Friday. The Columbia, South Carolina-based utility planned to file an application with nuclear regulators last year but delayed that action while it studies costs of alternate generation options, said spokesman Robert Yanity. With material and construction costs rising for all major infrastructure projects, including power plants, “we have to think about our customers,” Yanity said. “We are still supportive of nuclear, but we need to make sure it is the right option.”
Reuters 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Workers at one U.S. nuclear facility have suffered higher-than-average rates of certain cancers, a study shows — suggesting that on-the-job exposures are to blame. The study looked at nearly 19,000 employees of the Savannah River Site, a South Carolina facility that has processed nuclear materials since the 1950s. Researchers found that while death rates from many causes were lower than national rates, workers had higher-than-expected rates of death from certain cancers. Among men, leukemia and cancer of the pleura, the tissue covering the lungs and lining the chest cavity, caused an abnormally high number of deaths, while female workers had elevated rates of kidney and skin cancers.
Reuters 25th Jan 2008 more >>
UDM President Mr Greatrex has condemned Government plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Worksop Guardian 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Michael Meacher: The EU announcement that Britain has to meet a mandatory target to produce at least 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, changes the entire energy equation for the UK. It renders the energy bill, largely obsolete. If we do all these things – and we’ve got to in order to meet the mandatory EU target – then we will not need any nuclear power stations. The government’s case for nuclear was always weak (largely based on the nuclear fixation of Department for Trade and Industry/Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform officials), and now even that weak case will not be necessary. The government’s claim was that nuclear was needed to keep the lights on and to help meet Britain’s climate change commitments, and they also said that there would be no public subsidies and that the nuclear waste problem was perfectly manageable. The evidence is that all four statements are far from true.
Guardian 24th Jan 2008 more >>
A CUMBRIAN politician has attacked the anti-nuclear campaigners for their “pathological hatred” of the energy source. Copeland MP Jamie Reed launched the broadside as he spoke in the House of Commons after Business Secretary and Barrow MP John Hutton announced backing for a new generation of atomic electricity stations. Labour backbencher Mr Reed dismissed many of the arguments of anti-nuclear campaigners as “myths and lies”, angering green campaigners who say nuclear power is an unnecessary evil. The Labour government plans to attract companies to pump nuclear energy back into the national grid by 2020. But green campaigners say that is too late, rendering the project a waste of money that could have been invested in renewable energy sources instead.
North West Evening Mail 24th Jan 2008 more >>
The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET), an independent charity wholly funded by leading international risk management group Lloyd’s Register, last night announced the creation of a nuclear-specialist university Chair, marking the UK’s first response to the regulatory skills gap, currently present in the nuclear industry. The launch of the ‘Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning’ at Lancaster University comes only days after the UK Government announced it was giving the go ahead for nuclear power to form part of the UK’s future energy mix.
Lloyd’s Register 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Letter from William D Brown in Thurso: I am reluctant to criticise well-meaning environmentalists, but I must. They have their own coded language. Here is a sample: exciting (does not understand the problem); ambitious (unrealistic); affordable (uneconomic); innovative (untried). Electricity generation must be secure, affordable and reliable, and renewables can only be a part of the mix.
Herald 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Shares in Iberdrola, the Spanish energy giant that owns ScottishPower, rocketed more than 16% yesterday after European newspaper reports claimed
France’s EDF had built a stake of more than 3% and was poised to pounce in a takeover move. However, as EDF denied it held Iberdrola shares, it became clear in the records from Spain’s stock exchange regulator, dated January 22, that it was the French bank Natixis that had built a 3.9% stake in the Spanish utility.
Herald 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Russia delivered the seventh out of eight consignments of fuel for Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the Gulf port of Bushehr on Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Middle East Online 26th Jan 2008 more >>
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2008 has suggested a global nuclear insurance scheme.
World Nuclear News 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Operators of the Dounreay nuclear site have had to revise their plans to build a new low-level waste dump after discovering the site lies on top of a geological fault-line. Research has led to the UKAEA moving the location slightly further north and revising the layout of the six underground concrete vaults. The ground remains outwith the licensed nuclear site and close to the neighbouring settlement of Buldoo, where residents remain opposed to the proposed £110million complex.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 25th Jan 2008 more >>
Britain will miss its target of generating 15% of all its energy from renewables by 2020 unless it acts quickly, invests billions and changes its attitude to energy, industry figures said yesterday. The draft target, set this week by the EU, will challenge the government and industry because it means not just vastly increasing the amount of renewable electricity the UK generates, but also changing how we heat homes, power factories and drive vehicles and trains. Yesterday the British Wind Energy Association said industry could build the necessary wind farms within a decade, but this would require speed of political action by the government. “By just completing projects already being constructed and clearing the planning backlog the target of 35% electricity from renewables would be 50% met,” said a spokesman. Philip Wolfe, director of the Renewable Energy Association, called for a revolution in electricity micro-generation and in heating and a national “feed-in” tariff, which would guarantee anyone who generated electricity a reasonable return on investment.
Guardian 26th Jan 2008 more >>