The most expensive public works project in the US was today in disarray after it emerged that a planned giant nuclear dump would be located on a faultline. Rock samples from deep within Yucca Mountain, in Nevada, showed that the fault runs directly beneath the site where the US federal government planned to store 70,000 tonnes of highly radioactive waste. More than $8bn (£4bn) has already been spent on the $58bn project, which had been due to open in 2017, but the proposals – approved by George Bush in 2002 – may now have to be redrawn.
Guardian website 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Jamie Reed MP is set to speak at a conference on waste management and decommissioning.
North West Evening Mail 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Letters: nuclear vs renewables debate rages on.
Scotsman 26th Sept 2007 more >>
John Hutton says Labour shouldn’t dismiss nuclear power. We must now make the transition to a low carbon economy. Government will play its part. The government Gordon Brown leads will not be among those who say they want to tackle global warming by moving to low carbon energy sources but then oppose every opportunity to do so. The government Gordon Brown leads will not shrink from taking the critical decisions on the future security of our energy supply – including whether to allow investment in new nuclear power stations. And the government Gordon Brown leads will drive forward with delivering a step change in our use of renewable energy.
Public Service Daily 25th Sept 2007 more >>
The government will “not shrink from the critical decision” on whether or not to allow a new generation of nuclear power stations, said Business Secretary John Hutton.
Interactive Investor 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Ipsos MORI’s Summer MPs survey shows a further increase in overall support for the building of replacement nuclear power stations in Britain. Support is up 11 points to 72%, while opposition is up one point to 23%. This is the second year running of rapid growth in support, last year it increased by 16 points. Three-quarters of Labour MPs (75%) now support newbuild, while 21% oppose it.
Ipsos-Mori 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Nuclear is not the Answer. Letter from Greenpeace Canada.
Toronto Star 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Letter from David Lowry: Energy minister Malcolm Wicks says “we have not made a decision yet on the future of nuclear” (Letters, September 24). Yet in his speech this week Gordon Brown presented Britain as a “world leader in energy and in the environment, from nuclear to renewables.” Given their different political pay grades, I think we may regard Brown’s promise as overriding Wicks’ no-decision posture, and conclude that the decision on the nuclear consultation is done and dusted in nuclear’s favour, just as the green NGOs perceptively decided in withdrawing from active participation in the consultation.
Guardian 25th Sept 2007 more >>
New UK nuclear construction doesn’t need to be subsidized if standard, accepted international designs are adopted and fossil fuel alternatives “carry
the cost of the carbon emissions associated with their use,” British Energy told the UK government September 20. It called on the government not to place any restrictions on the amount of nuclear capacity that might be built.
Platts 21st Sept 2007 more >>
The Government has given the go-ahead to a nuclear skills academy in Cumbria.
World Nuclear News 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Carlisle News and Star 25th Sept 2007 more >>
The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, remained on a direct collision course with the Western powers last night, unilaterally declaring that as far as he is concerned the issue of his country’s nuclear enrichment activities should henceforth be “closed”.
Independent 26th Sept 2007 more >>
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Reuters 26th Sept 2007 more >>
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Iran had to convince the world it was not working on a nuclear weapon or she would support stiffer sanctions against Tehran.
Reuters 26th Sept 2007 more >>
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the international stand-off over Iran’s nuclear programme will only be resolved with a combination of “firmness and dialogue.”
Channel 4 News 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Iranian nuclear officials and a visiting team from the U.N. nuclear watchdog held talks on Monday to clarify outstanding questions about Iran’s atomic work, which the West fears is a cover to build a nuclear bomb.
Christian Today 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Israel is looking to a U.S.-India nuclear deal to expand its own ties to suppliers, quietly lobbying for an exemption to non-proliferation rules so it can legally import atomic material, according to documents made available Tuesday to The Associated Press.
AP 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Israel plans nuclear attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Times 26th Sept 2007 more >>
Yemen on Monday signed a deal with Powered Corp of the United States to build nuclear power plants at an estimated cost of 15 billion dollars.
Middle East Online 25th Sept 2007 more >>
Britain’s first large tidal energy scheme – with the potential to deliver 5 per cent of the country’s electricity – is to be subject to a multi-million pound feasibility study, heralding a clash between the government and environmental groups. John Hutton, business secretary, announced the study into a tidal barrage across the Severn estuary at the Labour conference in Bournemouth, claiming it was a “truly visionary project” that would help Britain meet its carbon reduction targets.
FT 26th Sept 2007 more >>