Greenpeace UK has served legal papers on the UK Government claiming it has unlawfully failed to take into account the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in their future planning for the building of new nuclear power stations at sites in Britain.
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Excellent news that Greenpeace have launched a legal challenge to the government. Greenpeace UK has served legal papers on the Government for unlawfully failing to take into account the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in their future planning for the building of new nuclear power stations at sites in Britain.
101 uses for nuclear power 28th Aug 2011 more >>
Colin McInnes is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde: The Westminster Government has finalised its list of potential sites for the UKs next generation of nuclear power plants, and Scotland is conspicuous by its absence. This should come as no surprise given the antipathy towards nuclear energy voiced by Holyrood in recent years. However, with the publication of the list, the finality of our anti-nuclear policy is now clear. Along with Germany, Scotland will become one of the few nations to have successfully developed, and then entirely abandoned, nuclear energy. This is a far-reaching decision whose consequences will roll on for decades to come. Abandoning what is by far our single largest source of cost-effective, zero carbon base load electrical energy is an unsettling prospect.
Herald 29th Aug 2011 more >>
Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl. Japan has been slow to admit the scale of the meltdown. But now the truth is coming out. Across the northeast, millions of people are living with the disaster’s consequences and searching for a consensus on a safe radiation level that does not exist. Experts give bewilderingly different assessments of its dangers. Some scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident, with which it shares a maximum level-7 rating on the sliding scale of nuclear disasters. One of the most prominent of them is Dr Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and long time anti-nuclear activist who warns of “horrors to come” in Fukushima. Chris Busby, a professor at the University of Ulster known for his alarmist views, generated controversy during a Japan visit last month when he said the disaster would result in more than 1 million deaths. “Fukushima is still boiling its radionuclides all over Japan,” he said. “Chernobyl went up in one go. So Fukushima is worse.” On the other side of the nuclear fence are the industry friendly scientists who insist that the crisis is under control and radiation levels are mostly safe.
Independent 29th Aug 2011 more >>
A nuclear reactor in Maryland has been shut down because of wind damage, while others were either taken offline or operating at reduced capacity as precautionary measures before the arrival of hurricane Irene on Sunday. A reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Lusby, Maryland, remained off-line on Sunday, after going into automatic shutdown when a piece of aluminum siding ripped from a nearby building damaged a transformer.
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US nuclear facilities look to re-start after Irene.
Reuters 28th Aug 2011 more >>
The people of Semey will gather for a strange celebration today. Under a huge statue of a mushroom cloud they will commemorate the end of a chilling experiment on their own people and call for a complete ban on nuclear testing.
Telegraph 29th Aug 2011 more >>