The normally soft-spoken Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today called for the 114-country Non-Aligned Movement to back Iran’s right to nuclear technology, accusing the West of nuclear double-standards.
Edinburgh Evening News 29th May 2006
IRAN is pressing ahead with research tests on nuclear fusion, a type of atomic reaction which has yet to be developed for commercial power generation, a senior Iranian official said yesterday.
Scotsman 30th May 2006
Independent 30th May 2006
Daily Mirror 30th May 2006
Nuclear scientists are facing an unusual challenge: how to develop warning signs that will last for longer than the English language. It is far from certain that English will be understood in 10,000 years, or that our rather benign pictogram for radiation – three circular wedges emanating from the central “atom” pictured – will denote anything dangerous at all.
Telegraph 30th May 2006
THE Pentagon is seeking approval to convert part of its stockpile of Trident missile nuclear warheads to conventional anti-terror weapons capable of being targeted anywhere around the globe at one hour’s notice.
Herald 30th May 2006
Congress has stalled Pentagon plans to put conventional warheads on inter-continental missiles for use in Washington’s “war on terror”, out of concern that they could trigger a nuclear war.
Guardian 30th May 2006
Greenpeace activists from Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan and France entered the Centre Stockage de la Manche (CSM) nuclear dumpsite at La Hague in Normandy today to demand the removal and decontamination of the dumpsite. The activists represent the principal clients of French state reprocessing company AREVA that have disposed of nuclear waste at the CSM. An estimated 140,000 containers of nuclear waste disposed at the La Hague dump came from foreign nuclear utilities in Europe and Japan. Under French law, it is illegal to dispose of foreign waste in France. The largest amount of waste at the site was produced by Electricite de France (EDF). Greenpeace is demanding that the 1.4 million containers of waste in the CSM dumpsite be removed and repackaged. Last week, Greenpeace released a study on the radioactive contamination of the underground water and rivers around the CSM Normandy plant. The water is used by farmers for their dairy cattle and on their fields. A former senior engineer at the facility has stated that in addition to tritium, other radio-nuclides in the dump, including plutonium, will leak out and given the state of the waste in the dump, it should now be removed.
Greenpeace International Press Release 29th May 2006
Letter from Kate Hudson, CND David King is wrong to say nuclear provides 19% of energy – he should have said 19% of electricity, which means it is only 4% of energy.
Guardian 30th May 2006
International Nuclear Solutions hopes to benefit from the accelerated decommissioning that will be required if new reactors are built on existing sites.
Daily Express 30th May 2006
It could be seen as surprising that 2006, the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is also the year in which UK prime minister Tony Blair declared nuclear power to be “back on the agenda with a vengeance”. There is still widespread opposition to nuclear power in many countries. But worries about energy security and the need to slow down climate change mean nuclear power is seen as more acceptable than in the past.
FT 30th May 2006
IN THE midst of the wettest drought on record, when the South East is aching for a new reservoir, I asked a planning inspector what advice he would give to would-be project promoters. “That question is just a load of bananas,” he replied coolly. Meaning? “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.” Rather than starting with an (almost) blank sheet of paper there is much to be gained by government establishing in advance what its broad position is in relation to these matters of “national importance”. “Some of the issues addressed by public inquiries are just too big — they need to be taken back by Parliament.” Progress in that direction has been made, which is why, of course, the inquiry into whether or not nuclear power should have a place in the future energy “mix” is so critical. Get that point sorted out in advance at national level and lots of time will be saved once the specific project inquiries begin.
Times 30th May 2006