Local people could be priced out of the housing market in one corner of Somerset if a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point is approved, council officials fear. Far from the perception of a gigantic nuclear power station blighting property prices, a new report before Sedgemoor District Council predicts the influx of workers could see prices rocket. The report also says French energy giant EDF has not gone far enough to safeguard communities which face massive upheaval during the 10-year building programme, nor leave behind enough legacy of improved infrastructure.
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One third of all households in the UK will be in fuel poverty by 2030 unless the coalition Government rapidly moves to encourage and enable building of new nuclear plants, says a report released today. The new report published by the Centre for Policy Studies, claims the number of homes in fuel poverty defined as the need to spend more than 10 per cent of household income on fuel to maintain adequate warmth could rise to nearly 8.5 million over the next 18 years, if nuclear energy generating capacity continues to fall as the Government delays approving new nuclear plants.
Yorkshire Post 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
The United Kingdom has a new system for notifying and reporting incidents and events at nuclear licensed facilities to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) effective January 1. The new system provides a standard set of incident reporting criteria by which notifications for nuclear safety, radiological protection, security and safeguards should be made, according to a posting on the ONR website December 30. The new system was developed after consultation with the industry, ONR said, and applies to all sites and organizations that are regulated by ONR.
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Birds living near the site of the Chernobyl accident have 5% smaller brains. Research led by a University of South Carolina scientist has shown that low dose radiation has proved to have significant effects on brain development.
101 uses for nuclear power 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
Bruce Power will not be able to ship the 16 radioactive steam generators until they renew their permit with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). As of tomorrow, December 31, 2011,the Welland Canal is officially closed to all vessels, preventing Bruce Power from proceeding with the nuclear waste shipment until the spring. Bruce Power had planned to ship 16 bus-sized radioactive steam generators from Owen Sound, through Lake Huron and Lake Erie, then along the Welland Canal and through Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The shipment would end up in Sweden where Studsvik, the Swedish company contracted by Bruce Power, would decontaminate the waste in order to sell the scrap metal back onto consumer markets.
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Six new nuclear power reactors were connected to the world’s electricity grids in 2011, adding over 4000 MWe of generation capacity. Thirteen units were closed permanently, all but one as a direct result of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
World Nuclear News 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
France must invest billions of euros to improve the safety systems of its nuclear facilities so they can withstand the kind of extreme shocks that triggered in Fukushima the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, the nuclear watchdog ASN said on Tuesday.
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The French nuclear safety authority said in a report on Tuesday that none of the reactors needed to be shut down immediately but demanded a massive investment to ensure the sites could withstand a Fukushima-style natural shock. France has the worlds biggest dependence on nuclear power, which supplies about three-quarters of its electricity, all of it provided by EDF. The scale of new spending required is a blow to both the cash-strapped government and to EDF, which is already struggling with cost overruns and delays on a new reactor project at Flamanville in Normandy. EDF estimates that the new measures will cost it 10bn.
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Greenpeace on Tuesday said it had filed a criminal complaint against French nuclear giant Areva which it suspects of having spied on the environmental group. Greenpeace lawyer Alexandre Faro said the case was about a “fraudulent invasion of privacy”. The group suspects Areva used an investigative service to hack into its computers to gain secret or private information.
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The US has said threats by Iran to restrict Gulf shipping in the event of further sanctions shows international pressure is having an effect. The State Department said sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme were starting to bite and that Iran was trying to create a distraction.
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IRANIAN scientists have produced the countrys first nuclear fuel rod, according to Irans Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO).
Chemical Engineer 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
Iran and the European Union each said Tuesday they were waiting on the other to take steps on resuming long-stalled negotiations over Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme.
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Do any of Britain’s leaders really think further economic sanctions will stop Iran’s nuclear programme? I cannot believe it. Sanctions did not topple Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic or Muammar Gaddafi; they led merely to war. Sanctions have been imposed on Iran for 33 years because there was nothing else to do. They have done no good and almost certainly been counterproductive in reinforcing autocracy.
Guardian 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
Slovakia currently has four operational nuclear reactors at complexes in Jaslovske Bohunice and Mochovce, commissioned between 1984 and 1999. The facilities three oldest reactors have been shut down in accordance with EU mandates. The Jaslovske Bohunice two online 505 reactors alongside Mochovces twin 505 megawatt currently produce a net output of 1,711 megawatt hours of electricity, with nuclear energy currently producing overall approximately 50 percent of Slovakias electricity.
Oil Price 4th Jan 2012 more >>
Austria, which has long been anti-nuclear, has called for the continent to abandon nuclear power altogether, but its neighbour, the Czech Republic, is pushing ahead with plans to increase dramatically its production of atomic energy.
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With the debris of Phobos-Grunt, Russia’s failed Mars probe, expected to hit the surface of the Earth anytime after January 6, a leading scientist has ruled out the possibility of radioactive contamination from the highly toxic fuel loaded on the spacecraft.
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The government is preparing to appeal a High Court decision that branded its plans to rush through cuts to solar tariff payments as “legally flawed”, leaving the industry in the dark over the current level of incentives for new solar installations.
Business Green 3rd Jan 2012 more >>
As storms battered the country, the energy giant SSE yesterday said it had more than one gigawatt of onshore wind-farm capacity in operation for the first time, enough to power 800,000 homes for a year.
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Three of Britain’s biggest engineering groups are being sounded out in an effort to find a “UK solution” to the conundrum of how to finance one of the world’s most advanced suppliers in the fledgling wave energy sector. The company up for sale is Pelamis Wave Power of Edinburgh, which hopes to attract interest from BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Weir after receiving Â£45m in funding from venture capital groups since it was started in 1998. The response to ideas about acquiring Pelamis will be a useful test of corporate interest in wave power machines, which employ a range of mechanisms to extract energy from the oceans and convert it into electricity. While the technology is considered one of the most promising areas of renewable energy, the costs of producing Pelamis’s hardware are 5-10 times higher than they need to be before the machines can rival conventional forms of pow er, such as gas turbines.
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A TRIO of Scottish businesses yesterday backed calls from environmental campaigners for more companies to generate the power they need from wind turbines. Ice cream maker Mackie’s, clothing chain M&Co and leaflet distributor EAE have joined WWF Scotland’s crusade to encourage firms to erect their own turbines to produce electricity. Mackie’s and EAE have both already hoisted turbines at their sites, while M&Co last year launched a subsidiary to help farmers buy devices. M&Co will then purchase the electricity to power its shops, which were previously known as Mackays.
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Letter from Stephen Salter: BRIAN Wilson writes that installing tidal-stream turbines in the Pentland Firth is “fraught with unresolved difficulties”. A paper with drawings and a description of how this could be done in the full depth of the Firth was published at a European conference in 2009. Mr Wilson, or any reader, can see a copy by going to www.see.ed.ac.uk/~shs and downloading a file named “Pentland vertical axis”. The first work on this idea was published in 1998, when Brian Wilson was a minister in the Department for Trade and Industry, which was responsible for energy matters.
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