PLANNING laws and energy market rules will be changed to help the nuclear industry build new plants, the government signalled yesterday. Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, also began preparing public opinion for a new wave of nuclear power stations, warning that, without them, Britain could be at risk of power shortages or blackouts.
Scotsman 29th June 2006
Edinburgh Evening News 28th June 2006
ePolitix 28th June 2006
The government has its heart set on going nuclear, but making it happen is another matter. Professor Jim Skea of the UK Energy Research Centre puts the chances of our seeing new reactors at 50/50 – but mainly because of the practical, rather than the political, issues: “There is a lot of work that still needs to be done.” Top of the agenda is money: how to finance the new build and how this will affect energy prices overall. Other issues include safety and the attitude of regulators; whether ways can be found round the challenges and delaying tactics of protesters; and, of course, site location.
Guardian 28th June 2006
E.ON AG’s Energie unit plans to build nuclear plants outside Germany, the unit’s head Johannes Teyssen said at a press conference in Munich.
Interactive Investor 28th June 2006
HSE has published its report in response to a request from Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks for an expert report to the Government’s energy review, 2006. The report covers health and safety issues associated with a range of energy developments, and looks at the potential role of pre-licensing assessments of nuclear reactor designs should the Government decide to look further into new nuclear electricity generation.
HSE 28th June 2006
Iran’s foreign minister used a speech to a U.N. conference on the illegal trade in small arms on Wednesday to take a slap at Israel and the threat he said was posed by its presumed nuclear arsenal.
Reuters 28th June 2006
Already victims of one nuclear experiment, the people of Bikini Atoll are understandably reluctant to get involved in another. The islanders are sceptical of the latest plans to reduce the dangers of a homeland beset with radioactive contamination.
New Scientist 1st July 2006
Pipelines laid more than 50 years ago to carry treated nuclear waste from the Sellafield plant in Cumbria into the Irish Sea have been removed.
BBC 28th June 2006
CONCERNS over the impact of nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield and its impacts on South Lakeland were raised by district councillors.
Westmorland Gazette 28th June 2006
Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium for power generation provided there is close monitoring by U.N. inspectors to ensure that it is not trying to develop atomic weapons, Germany’s defence minister said.
Reuters 28th June 2006