Sizewell B is being shut down on Friday for about five or six weeks as part of a planned “refuelling outage” which takes place every 18 months. An additional 1,000 workers are being brought on to the site to carry out work while the plant is shut down.
BBC 26th April 2013 read more »
FEARS of big problems caused by Sizewell C traffic last night dominated a meeting aimed at providing feedback from the first phase of EDF Energy’s public consultation over the project.
East Anglian Daily Times 26th April 2013 read more »
Beginning just six years after the 1986 meltdown, medical journal articles began to show rising numbers of people with certain diseases near Chernobyl. The first of these was children with thyroid cancer. Officials at a 2005 meeting in Vienna estimated 9,000 persons worldwide had developed cancer from the meltdown. But many anecdotes and studies had piled up, suggesting the real number was much greater. In 2009, the New York Academy of Sciences published a book by a trio of Russian researchers, headed by Alexei Yablokov; one of us (JDS) edited the book. Yablokov’s team gathered an incredible 5,000 reports and studies. Many were written in Slavic languages and had never been seen by the public. The book documented high levels of disease in many organs of the body, even beyond the former Soviet Union. The Yablokov team estimated 985,000 persons died worldwide, a number that has risen since. Government and industry leaders in the nuclear field assured the world that the lesson of Chernobyl had been learned, and that another full core meltdown would never occur. But on March 11, 2011 came the tragedy at Fukushima, releasing enormous amounts of radioactivity from not just one, but three reactor cores, and a pool storing nuclear waste. Again, the radioactivity circled the globe. Estimates of eventual casualties are in the many thousands.
Counterpunch 26th April 2013 read more »
For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous. “There is something grossly wrong,” said the inside source, a safety engineer who worked at San Onofre and has 25 years in the nuclear field.
10News 25th April 2013 read more »
THE Ministry of Defence has been stopped from test-firing shells made of depleted uranium in Scotland by public opposition. Defence ministers have assured MPs a planned weapon-testing programme will use alternatives to depleted uranium (DU). The toxic radioactive metal, used to harden armour-piercing tank shells, has been blamed for cancers and birth defects suffered by soldiers and civilians after the Iraq war. The MoD had been expected to re-start test-firing DU shells at the Dundrennan military range near Kirkcudbright later this year. Over 30 years, army tanks have fired 6700 shells into the Solway Firth from the range, containing nearly 30 tonnes of DU. Some shells were misfired and contaminated the range. High levels of DU were found in earthworms on the site. Armed forces minister Andrew Robathan has now said the shells “can be tested by firing variants that do not contain DU “. Defence minister Philip Dunne has told the House of Commons testing “does not involve the firing of depleted uranium.” Rachel Thompson from the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium hailed the MoD’s shift as a “major victory,” adding: “This U-turn is linked to increased parliamentary and public opposition to an environmentally dubious and potentially illegal practice.”
Sunday Herald 28th April 2013 read more »
Scotland is ahead of schedule in meeting targets for community ownership of renewable energy projects, the Government has announced. Figures published on Sunday show that as of June 2012 more than 200MW of renewable generating capacity came from community and locally owned energy projects. This represents 40% of the 500MW target for 2020 set out in the Scottish Government’s Routemap for Renewable Energy.
STV 28th April 2013 read more »
Big brother to switch off your fridge: Power giants to make millions – but you must pay for ‘sinister’ technology.
Daily Mail 27th April 2013 read more »
Demand management’ turns the accepted priority of the electricity industry on its head. Rather than adopting a system capable of meeting flexible demand from a varied network of power stations, the nation’s electricity supply will be fixed, even though this means it cannot always meet demand. Instead, demand must be ‘managed’ by stopping customers from using electricity. This is done by changing the price of energy, at five-minute intervals, according to supply-and-demand principles. Rates at peak times may be ten times or more that of the dead of night, when electricity use is at its lowest. And in an extraordinary Big Brother move, energy suppliers will effectively reach inside your homes to shut down appliances or prevent them being turned on.
Daily Mail 27th April 2013 read more »
Since the days when coal was delivered in sacks, the arrangement has been simple. The householder pays for the fuel he needs and can afford. That is how things work in free societies. But now, thanks to the Establishment’s wholesale embrace of Green dogma, this is no longer so. The authorities are seriously considering plans which will allow them to reach into our houses and reduce the flow of power to our appliances.
Mail 28th April 2013 read more »
Successive governments have made much of the fact that Britain’s CO2 emissions have come down sharply in the past two decades. But a government advisory committee has laid bare these pretensions, revealing that when emissions generated by the production of the UK’s imports are factored in, the country’s carbon footprint is actually 10 per cent higher than in 1993.
Independent 28th April 2013 read more »
RECOVERING shale gas in the UK, seen as a major potential resource to replace dwindling North Sea supplies, is likely to cost more than it does in the US but will have to have more rigorous environmental controls according to the head of the onshore operators group, UKOOG.
Express 28th April 2013 read more »