Sizewell A (and Dungeness A) power station’s life is today drawing to a close as it will generate its last electricity for the national grid on New Year’s Eve.
Suffolk Evening Star 29th Dec 2006
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 29th Dec 2006
View London 29th Dec 2006
Reuters 29th Dec 2006
It was 2005 that was supposed to be the crucial year for nuclear non-proliferation. The fear was that the five-yearly conference to review the operation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would founder amid recriminations, and that the 35-year-old treaty regime would, in effect, be dead. In the event, the review at the UN came and went. It achieved little, but did not collapse. A year that promised drama ended peacefully. The same can’t be said of 2006, when an event long feared happened: on 9 October, North Korea exploded a nuclear device.
Independent 29th Dec 2006
Review of the year
The closure and clean-up of Britain’s ageing nuclear power stations is expected to take more than 100 years. Sellafield in west Cumbria will be hit hard with 8,000 jobs, mostly in reprocessing, expected to disappear by 2018. But there were encouraging developments this year. Sellafield was chosen as the site for a national nuclear laboratory to spearhead civil atomic research. There could be new power plants at Sellafield and Chapelcross, near Annan. And the government accepted recommendations that burial is the best way to deal with radioactive waste, so breathing new life into the old Nirex proposals for an underground repository near Sellafield.
Carlisle News and Star 30th Dec 2006
Supporters of Prime Minister John Howard’s policy that Australia should introduce nuclear power are outnumbered by opponents, an opinion poll says.
Belfast Telegraph 30th Dec 2006
PRIME Minister John Howard said today nuclear energy was an inevitable option for Australia after a report found that 25 nuclear reactors could significantly cut greenhouse gases.
Edinburgh Evening News 29th Dec 2006
BBC 29th Dec 2006
Two crewmen from an American nuclear submarine died after they were swept overboard as the vessel was leaving the naval dockyard at Plymouth.
Times 30th Dec 2006
The government of Tony Blair (and his likely replacement Gordon Brown) made clear in June 2006 its intention that Britain’s Trident nuclear-weapon system would be replaced in due course. But this only became a formal recommendation with the publication in December 2006 of an official white paper, The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent (Command 6994). A parliamentary vote to ratify the decision is scheduled for March 2007.
Open Democracy 29th Dec 2006