East Lothian Greens have called for assurances after a radioactive leak at Torness Nuclear Power Station near Dunbar. On February 11, checks carried out on water in the sumps of the active drain system at the plant found tritium. A by-product of the prodution of electricity by nuclear power plants, it is a naturally occurring radioactive form of hydrogen.
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A legal battle between Franco-German nuclear consortium Areva-Siemens and its Finnish customer Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) involving billions of euros in damage claims over a reactor project could see a breakthrough this year, sources close to Areva said. Years of delays and cost overruns at the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear plant Areva and Siemens are building in Finland have developed into a bitter row between supplier and customer. An arbitration case was initiated by Areva-Siemens in 2008. For its part, TVO has played down the likelihood of an intermediate ruling this year, and said it may even increase its claim. All sides agree a final settlement is years away. New Areva Chief Executive Philippe Knoche, who ran the Olkiluoto 3 project from 2006 to 2009, told parliament in March that a final ruling is several years away. This could be well after 2018 – when the reactor is expected to come on stream after a delay of nearly a decade. Construction started in 2005.
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Areva unions said on Friday they opposed plans to sell all or parts of the struggling group’s nuclear reactors business to French power group EDF, arguing this would break up the group and would not solve its financial woes. Loss-making Areva, which is 87 percent owned by the French state, is aiming to put together a plan by July that is set to include partnerships and a capital increase. Areva’s management on Thursday told staff representatives of plans to sell the group’s nuclear reactor business to EDF as well of alternative scenarios including transferring to EDF its engineering business of large nuclear reactor projects, unions sources had said.
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Iran nuclear deal: what you need to know.
New York Times 3rd April 2015 read more »
The Guardian View: It shows diplomacy is worth it.
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Parliament’s General Assembly accepted in the early hours of April 1 an international agreement between Turkey and Japan for the construction of Turkey’s second planned nuclear plant. With the approval, the legal framework for the construction of the plant has been laid.
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will address thousands of anti-nuclear protesters today at a demonstration calling for the scrapping of Trident. Protesters will march through Glasgow city centre ahead of speeches by the SNP leader and Patrick Harvie, of the Scottish Greens, at a gathering in George Square. The annual rally organised by the Scrap Trident group will be followed on April 13 by a blockade of Faslane naval base, home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
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This week’s Micro Power News: solar for social housing; solar and storage project in Oxford; Manchester schools go solar.
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A Labour government would push for even tougher climate change targets to stop the world’s temperature warming to a dangerous level, Caroline Flint has told the Guardian. With 250 days to go until the end of the Paris climate summit, Flint – who was shadow energy secretary in the last parliament – has raised concerns that current plans submitted by countries do not go far enough to stop a 2C rise in global temperature. Labour has previously said it will commit to a legally binding target to take the carbon out of the UK’s electricity supply by 2030 and bring in a new climate change adaptation plan, including a thorough assessment of the financial risks of global warming.
Guardian 3rd April 2015 read more »