The control room for the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) has been placed into the care of two museums. The DFR is the most recognised feature of the experimental nuclear power site in Caithness because of its large sphere, also known as the Dome. National Museums Scotland and the Science Museum in London will share panels from the control room.
BBC 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
Galliford Try has secured the job to build a national nuclear archive at Wick in Scotland with a bid of £20.4m. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority confirmed the winning bid price this week after initially expecting the job to cost £15m-£17m.
Construction Enquirer 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
On the 8th of August from 11am to 3pm Radiation Free Lakeland will be holding a protest at St Bees. We will be: *Sand drawing with pebbles. Each pebble will represent one of the thousands of radioactive particles found and retrieved by the nuclear industry’s ‘Monitoring and Retrieval’ program. There is of course no way of knowing how many radioactive particles are not ‘found’. *Leafletting * placing Radioactive Beach Warning Signs.
Radiation Free Lakeland 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
On June 26 2015, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) stated it was seeking public comments by September 8, on petitions stating that the Linear No Threshold theory of radiation’s effects was not a valid basis for setting radiation standards and that the hormesis model should be used instead. Several US readers have written asking for help in drawing up their own comments. As this is an important issue, I attach my thoughts on the matter. US NRC Consultation pdf
Ian Fairlie 1st August 2015 read more »
On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a three-part Series published in The Lancet looks at the enduring radiological and psychological impact of nuclear disasters, including the most recent accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. The Series provides vital information for the public health planning of future disasters to protect the millions of people who live in areas surrounding the 437 nuclear power plants that are in operation worldwide.
Medical News 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
It was almost the perfect murder weapon, deadly but unidentifiable. But when British nuclear scientists discovered that radioactive polonium-210 had poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006, everything changed. The murder of the ex-secret policeman turned Kremlin critic was an act of nuclear terrorism that exposed thousands of Londoners to radiation risks. A distinctive trail of alpha radioactivity led police to the likely killers — and, after years of delay, to the public inquiry whose hearings have just concluded into this outrageous crime.
FT 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
Plant Vogtle’s proposed nuclear expansion with new units 3 and 4 will cost an estimated 65 billion dollars, former Georgia Public Service (PSC) Commissioner Bobbie Baker says, based on his analysis of information he received when cross-examining the PSC staff witness at the June 23, 2015 PSC hearing.
Atlanta Progressive News 1st Aug 2015 read more »
Last year was a historic one for UK energy, with significant consequences for UK emissions. New data from the Department for Energy Climate Change (DECC) shows energy use fell to its lowest level for at least half a century, while coal use fell to levels not seen since the 19th century and renewable power increased by a fifth. Along with a record warm year, the combined impact of these changes was a 10% reduction in UK carbon emissions — the largest ever fall to accompany economic growth. Carbon Brief has five charts that show what happened to the UK’s energy mix in 2014.
Carbon Brief 30th July 2015 read more »
The Treasury has said it wants to sell the government’s 30 per cent stake in Urenco, the uranium enrichment company.
FT 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
US – WIPP
The planned March 2016 reopening of an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico has been pushed back indefinitely because of unanticipated challenges, U.S. officials said. A radiation leak at the U.S. government’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that originated in a disposal chamber half a mile (1 km) below ground at the center near Carlsbad, New Mexico, exposed more than 20 workers to small amounts of radiation in February 2014, officials have said.
Reuters 1st Aug 2015 read more »
US – Climate Change
President Barack Obama will on Monday unveil the US’s most far-reaching action on climate change by imposing stringent emissions cuts on the power sector — a move that faces ferocious opposition from political rivals and industry. Stoking charges from coal companies and Republicans that he is waging a “war on coal”, Mr Obama will demand bigger reductions in greenhouse gas emissions than he proposed last year— leading to the likely closure of more coal power stations, while boosting wind and solar energy.
FT 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
BBC 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
President Barack Obama’s climate goals are prompting US states to explore the use of carbon markets as a way to comply – an approach that will be resisted by Republicans. The final version of the administration’s plan, to be announced on Monday, is central to Mr Obama’s legacy and commitments the US has made in the run-up to a Paris meeting in December on an international climate accord. In a shift from earlier proposals, the initiative, known as the clean power plan, will give states more flexibility than was envisaged a year ago to engage in interstate carbon trading to meet federally set targets.
FT 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
Japan – Fukushima
We discuss with Herve Courtois (French activist, blogger and researcher) the issues with Fukushima evacuees, The PR companies methods to smooth over the bad news, The connection between health studies done after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how health studies are being equaly fudged by the nuclear corporations and Health Physicists, How the Japanese government is forcing evacuees back into contaminated areas against their will, How the Japanese blocked the UN petition to evacuate at least the children from more contaminated areas, We discuss also how the nuclear industry world wide is going into overdrive to promote the safety of nuclear energy around the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the timing of the first Japanese nuclear reactor to be brought back online. This is a fascinating interview packed with information that the main stream media cannot report on.
European News Weekly 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
The company that operates the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, says it has managed to remove a 20-ton fuel handling machine from one of the plant’s reactors. The Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, said the operation in reactor three took months of preparation. The machine was lifted from the the spent fuel pool using two 600-ton cranes. TEPCO said its removal clears the way for removing the rest of the 514 spent fuel assemblies in the pool.
Euro News 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
On the ground floor of Mailuu-Suu’s central hospital, pharmacist Ainagul Parpibaeva says she’s had enough. “We’re full of illness. Many people have cancer, leukaemia. I think this is because of the uranium, but the government never tells us anything,” she says. People continuously come to her complaining of the same symptoms over and over, “like children who are nauseous and vomit”, she explains. Almost everyone in this mining town in southern Kyrgyzstan can recount tales of recent deaths amongst family and friends, often related to cancer. But despite being consistently rated one of the world’s most polluted places thanks to nearby Soviet-era radioactive waste dumps, cleanup measures have been limited. The town was once closed to outsiders, with workers getting handsome salaries to perform dangerous work. They produced 10,000 metric tonnes of radioactive uranium between 1946 and 1967, providing much of the fuel for the Soviet Union’s first nuclear weapons and atomic energy plants. But they also buried millions of tonnes of waste from the milling of the radioactive metal along the river that runs through it. At the time, the wellbeing of workers was not a priority and little thought was given to future health hazards.
Guardian 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
For 70 years we have told ourselves that nuclear weapons make us secure. It is time to reject this fantasy and recognize that nuclear weapons are, in fact, the primary threat to our security – that far from protecting us they pose an existential threat to our civilization, and perhaps to our survival as a species.
Mass Live 2nd Aug 2015 read more »
The key role energy storage will play in the electricity grids of the future – and the vital importance of investing in and testing the various emerging battery storage technologies – has been highlighted in a major report published by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency on Monday, which predicts a 40-60 per cent price plunge for certain battery technologies by 2020.
Renew Economy 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
Casual readers of the media coverage of the energy business could be forgiven for getting the impression that the coal industry is on its last legs. “Coal is dying and it’s never coming back”; “King Coal’s stages of grief”; “The noose tightening on the coal industry”. Those are typical headlines from the past few weeks. The coal industry, it would seem, is being rapidly destroyed by the combination of public policies on climate change and carbon emissions and by the development of a range of alternative energy supplies – from shale gas to solar. This sense of an industry in decline is reinforced by the rhetoric of the campaigns advocating disinvestment from fossil fuels in general and coal in particular. If you have Oxford University, Michael Bloomberg and the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund against you what hope can there be? The impression of an industry in terminal decline does not, however, qui te reflect the reality. Reports of the death of coal owe more to wishful thinking than to any analysis of what is actually happening. The coal industry is growing. Demand was up last year despite the slowdown in China, and globally almost 30 per cent higher than a decade ago. Coal will soon (perhaps as soon as next year) overtake oil as the world’s most substantial single source of energy, regaining some of the market share it has lost to oil and gas over the last half century.
FT 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
THE man behind controversial plans to extract gas from coal in the Firth of Forth was accused of “panicking” after he admitted that he has not ruled out moving such projects offshore in the future. However, Algy Cluff, chairman and chief executive of Cluff Natural Resources (CNR), told The National he had no current plans to circumvent planning regulations by moving his company’s current bid to build the UK’s first underground coal gasification (UCG) project to an offshore footing. He said: “We could move the Forth project offshore, but we’re not going to. We’ve not even considered it. But it is something we could consider in the future. The further out you go in the North Sea the thicker the underground coal seams are, but it is also much more expensive to work on them.”
The National 3rd Aug 2015 read more »
SNP members are set to tell their party leadership to block a method of extracting gas by burning coal underground, as the tycoon who plans to exploit the controversial technique revealed that he is considering a bid to bypass Scottish planning laws. The draft agenda for the SNP’s upcoming conference in October, which has been sent out to members, includes a resolution from the Leith branch that asks ministers to consider extending a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas developments to underground coal gasification (UCG) projects. It also calls on the Scottish Government to “reaffirm its commitment to reduce the use of fossil fuels in its energy mix”. More radical motions on the issue, such as one put forward by the SNP’s trade union branch which called for a total ban on unconventio nal oil and gas developments including fracking, have been left off the draft agenda which is decided by an internal party committee. Lang Banks, the director of WWF Scotland, said: “Should the motion on underground coal gasification make it to the final conference agenda, then I strongly believe it will be passed, if not amended to make it even stronger. However, even without such a motion, the fact remains that there are no technical reasons why Scottish Ministers could not simply extend their moratorium to include UCG right now.”
Herald 3rd Aug 2015 read more »