Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has begun talks with the European Union’s foreign policy chief on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.
BBC 27th Sept 2006
Reuters 27th Sept 2006
FT 28th sept 2006
MSPs have agreed to press ministers on whether or not the issue of nuclear waste has been resolved. The Scottish Executive has repeatedly stated that new nuclear power stations will not be built until the problem of what to do with the waste has been dealt with.
IC Scotland 27th Sept 2006
Letter: Within minutes of viewing the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) website, I unearthed the fact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is bringing a criminal prosecution against British Nuclear Group Sellafield Ltd (BNGSL), in connection with an incident at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site.The facts are out there: Nuclear power is dirty, polluting, expensive, wasteful and a potential terrorist target.
Scunthorpe Telegraph 27th September 2006
THE owner of a beach contaminated by radioactive debris from the Dounreay nuclear research facility has given up on government promises to clean it and is planning to hire American scientists to do it instead. Geoffrey Minter, who owns the 10,000-acre Sandside estate in Caithness has accused the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) of dragging its feet over its obligation to clear his land of deadly fragments of the plants fuel rods. Minter has met scientists in Atlanta, Georgia, who have worked closely with the US energy department to clear up contaminated sites.
Sunday Times 24th September 2006
Support among MPs for new nuclear power stations has increased significantly over the last year, a survey published today suggests. The Mori poll for the Nuclear Industry Association found Labour backbenchers appeared markedly less hostile to nuclear, following the governments decision in this years energy review to replace the UKs ageing fleet of stations. The survey of 108 MPs, including 63 Labour and 29 Tories, found 61 per cent backed new build, up 16 points from last year. The proportion of Labour MPs supporting new nuclear was 60 per cent, compared with 35 per cent last year.
FT 25th Sept 2006
A wood-fuelled station is planned for lland near at Fort William A £30m biomass energy scheme with the potential to heat thousands of homes is being proposed in Lochaber. Tanaris Ltd has signed a deal with aluminium manufacturer Alcan to build a biomass combined heat and power station on land it owns at Fort William.
BBC 23rd Sept 2006
Scotsman 23rd Sept 2006
Wind and water turbines could be built across Derby under new proposals. The move has been prompted by Derby City Council’s escalating fuel bills, which rose to £5.15m during the past financial year. Now the council’s environment commission is set to present the cabinet with a list of recommendations over energy use and conservation.
Derby Evening Telegraph 25th Sept 2006
Small amounts of radiation have been detected near a US nuclear submarine off the coast of Japan. The radioactive material, including substances such as cobalt 60, was detected in waters off Yokosuka, near Tokyo, as the submarine left port on September 14, according to the Kyodo news agency. The report, citing Japanese government officials, said the radiation posed no danger to surrounding residents or the environment.
Sky News 27th Sept 2006
A 62-year-old woman was arrested and cautioned for common assault yesterday, after a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament protest involving 70 people was broken up by mounted police and officers with dogs. Kate Hudson, the CND chairperson, complained the response was heavy-handed. Greater Manchester Police said last night that a Section 14 order, compelling the protesters to disperse, was served after they “refused to co-operate”.
Independent 28th Sept 2006
Jon Cruddas launched his bid for the deputy leadership last night with a sideswipe at Gordon Brown for pre-empting the party’s debate about the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapon system. Mr Cruddas, 44, said the Chancellor’s decision to commit himself to a full replacement for Trident before the party or the Cabinet had properly discussed it symbolised the authoritarian leadership that his campaign is designed to challenge.
Independent 28th Sept 2006