The decision by West Somerset Council to approve major groundworks at Hinkley Point  has allowed energy company EdF to jump the gun on its plans for a nuclear power station, the Stop Hinkley campaign said today. “This is like giving a developer permission to excavate a greenfield site even before they have permission to build the actual houses, said Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey. “What will those Councillors say to the people of West Somerset in two years’ time, with massive holes in the ground lined with concrete and a devastated wasteland no trees, no hedges, no wildlife and EDF says Sorry, we don’t think it’s worth going ahead’.
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Planners in Somerset have given the go-ahead for work to begin on the site of the first nuclear power station to be built in Britain for 20 years. Officials approved the site despite strong protests from opponents who say the preparatory work for Hinkley C will wreck the coastline.
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A round of applications, permissions and orders has launched the UK’s first new nuclear build project into a practical phase. EDF Energy gained permission last night from local authorities in West Somerset to begin preparing the Hinkley Point C site for construction. Shortly afterwards it ordered the heavy steam supply components from its reactor supplier Areva and submitted a formal application for the Nuclear Site Licence it will need to own and operate the eventual nuclear power plant.
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John Vidal: This week French state-owned power company EDF was given permission to start the preconstruction of “Hinkley C”, the third nuclear power station on the Somerset coast of the Bristol channel and what is expected to be the first nuclear power station to be built in Britain in over 20 years. This will involve clearing over 400 acres of land and excavating more soil and rock than was dug up for the London Olympic Games. Both the French and the Finnish prototype stations have doubled in price to around £6bn each and are taking twice as long six years to construct than expected. Hinkley C was intended to be generating electricity by 2018, but this is now considered unlikely. No commercial nuclear plant has ever been built in Britain on time or at the anticipated cost and City analysts do not think EDF will be able to construct nuclear plants any more cheaply in Britain than elsewhere.
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Britain’s largest nuclear power producer submitted applications for a site licence and an environmental permit for its Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. Its early 2018 start-up date was delayed following Japan’s nuclear disaster.
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The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has received an application from NNB Generation Company for a nuclear site licence, relating to its proposed development of a new nuclear power station in Hinkley Point, Somerset. It is anticipated that ONR will spend around 18 months assessing NNB Generation Companys suitability, capability and competence to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility. If licensed, the company will be subject to statutory obligations and regulation by ONR.
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The Environment Agency has received two environmental permit applications from NNBGenCo relating to operation of a nuclear power station at their Hinkley point site. The applications, received on 29 July 2011 relate to discharges and disposals of radioactive waste and operation of standby power supply systems. The Environment Agency are reviewing the applications and, if the applications contain the relevant information they will consult the public for a period of 30 days, likely to begin in mid August. NNBGenCo may also apply for an environmental permit for operational cooling water discharges in August/September, which will also be open for consultation.
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ALLEGED problems with building a new nuclear reactor in France – including spiralling costs and lengthy delays – will not affect plans for Sizewell C, energy bosses claimed last night.
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French utility Electricite de France or EDF Group SA Friday said its first-half profit increased from last year, helped by higher nuclear output in France and the UK, amid challenging macroeconomic conditions. Comparisons also benefited from a hefty charge that hit the first-half of last year. Further, the company reiterated its financial objectives for 2011.
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A PANEL set up to investigate whether Cumbria should volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste dump will agree on preliminary conclusions on Friday.
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ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners have criticised the company which transports radioactive waste through the centre of London including through Islington after it announced its trains will be suspended during the Olympics and Paralympics next year. They believe the so-called nuclear trains are being stopped for security and safety reasons when the eyes of the world will be on London and argue they should be halted permanently. We welcome this temporary suspension, but resuming these deadly shipments after the Games is no solution, said Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
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The Government has acknowledged it will have to prop up struggling British industry hit by five green taxes that are forecast to add between 7pc and 58pc to electricity prices. Businesses are facing huge uncertainty after the Government’s new forecasts, which show a wide range of possible price increases in different scenarios. The Department for Energy and Climate Change believes that if the gas price falls, green taxes will increase the electricity price by 29pc to 58pc as renewable energy will be more expensive in comparison to the fossil fuel over the next two decades. If the gas price rises, making green energy more competitive, the measures may only increase the electricity price by 14pc to 16pc. If gas prices stay the same, then electricity is forecast to rise by 7pc to 20pc. The figures do not take the additional cost of commodity prices into account.
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Thousands of homes and businesses within two kilometres of Devonport Naval Base are to receive an updated nuclear emergency booklet. Up to 20,000 properties will get the booklet through their letter boxes this weekend. The public information booklet explains to people living and working in the area what to do in the event of a nuclear emergency at the Devonport site.
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The United States can find a way to dispose of its nuclear waste, even if the current program is at an impasse, according to the blue-ribbon commission established by President Obama after he ended the governments planning for making Yucca Mountain in Nevada the nations nuclear waste repository. In a draft report issued Friday, the commission members wrote that we know what we have to do, we know we have to do it, and we even know how to do it. Essentially, the commission recommended that an independent panel choose a new site, based on sound science, and win the consent of the local community before proceeding.
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In its draft report, the commission seems to have learned from the past and in essence is asking one or more communities and states to volunteer to host the nation’s nuclear waste. Should such volunteers be found, whether for the short- or long-haul, the process would then begin anew of attempting to site and build a repository.
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How can Germany remain the economic powerhouse of Europe, and the world’s second largest exporting country, while removing a significant source of energy from its grid? Energy Efficiency: First of all, there is the European Union directive on Energy Performance of Buildings, which states that all new buildings must consume nearly zero energy from 2020 onwards. In addition, Germany has put in place new incentive programs to support the renovation of buildings. In addition to using the auction revenue from the European Emissions Trading Scheme (Europe’s “cap-and-trade” system) for renovation programs, Germany has also put in place special tax reductions for the renovation of buildings. Together 3.4 billion euros will go towards a lower energy consuming, modernized building sector in Germany. In the power sector, the focus is on renewable energies, linked with the ambitious targets. For some sectors, electricity and district heating will play a significant role if produced by renewable or low-carbon energy sources. In the interim period new highly efficient and flexible gas power plants will likely be built as back-up power. Germany has started a new process to develop the “target grid 2050” which includes all infrastructure roll out and adjustments needed for a renewable-energy dominated electricity system.
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Japan will strive to avoid a complete shutdown of its 54 nuclear reactors and avert crippling power shortages in the near term while charting plans to reduce the nation’s dependence on nuclear power, the government said on Friday. The government faces an uphill battle in winning over an increasingly sceptical public and it suffered a fresh setback on Friday when one of the power utilities revealed the state-run nuclear power regulator tried to manipulate the outcome of a citizen debate on nuclear power four years ago.
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A Japanese utility said on Friday the government’s nuclear watchdog asked it to recruit local residents to attend a public forum and speak in favour of its planned use of plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide or MOX fuel at one of its reactors. In a written response to the trade ministry on whether it had tried to steer public opinion in favour of nuclear power, Chubu Electric Power Co said it had been asked by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) in 2007 to ensure that a sufficient number of favourable views was represented at a symposium in Shizuoka prefecture, south of Tokyo.
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The United States on Friday ended nuclear arms talks with North Korea with a message that the “path is open” to better relations if the reclusive North shows a firm commitment to disarmament efforts.
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The Nuclear Information Service August Update is available. Articles on New edition of MoD guidance on nuclear weapons emergencies published; P5 conference in Paris; MoD to axe 7,000 more civilian jobs; Changes to AWE Burghfield permits and licensing.
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The disabled daughter of an ex-servicemen has welcomed news that veterans can pursue a claim for damages against the Ministry of Defence. Amanda Coates believes her problems could have resulted from her father being exposed to radiation while serving on Christmas Island.
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Over half a century ago, Harry ‘Tadge’ Walmsley from Pantasaph in Flintshire was made to stand and watch a series of nuclear test explosions barely 25 miles away from them. That’s because was serving with the RAF on Christmas Island. In this extended interview, Harry tells about what it’s like to stand next to a nuclear bomb.
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Veterans from Tayside and Fife who say they were made ill after being exposed to radiation during nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s have claimed victory in their latest legal fight for compensation.
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Ikea Group, the worlds biggest home-furnishings retailer, bought a wind farm in Scotland and plans to install 39,000 solar panels on its U.K. stores as part of a goal to get all of its energy from renewable sources. Ikea bought a 12.3-megawatt wind farm in Huntly, northeast Scotland, from Good Energies Capital Inc., Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said in a phone interview. Thats enough to cover 30 percent of Ikeas U.K. electricity use. The solar panels, totaling 2.1 megawatts, will be fitted on 10 stores, providing an average of 5 percent of each shops power, he said.
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