A radioactivity expert said a study on infant leukaemia close to nuclear power stations should be better known among people living near sites where new plants are planned. Dr Ian Fairlie also called on the Government to rethink its position on building the next generation of stations because of health fears when he spoke at a lecture in Oldbury-on-Severn, near Thornbury.
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Stop Oldbury Blog kicks off with a story about radioactive shipwrecks in Italy.
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KEY information about a public evacuation in the event of a serious accident at the Sizewell nuclear site has been removed from a multi-agency website for “security and operational” reasons, it has been disclosed. The website of the Suffolk Resilience Forum, the umbrella group for emergency planning in the county, includes a copy of a lengthy document detailing arrangements which would be implemented as the result of a major release of radioactivity at the nuclear site. However, pages giving key data about evacuation routes and centres have been omitted at the request of Suffolk Constabulary. Emergency services will be responsible for the evacuation of members of the public in the event of a serious radiation release.
Suffolk Evening Star 5th Dec 2009 more >>
Missing uranium at Dounreay, which was the cause of a major political row in 1999, has started to turn up unexpectedly during the decommissioning of the Caithness plant. The disputed fate of 170kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which some suspected of having been sent to a UK nuclear weapons programme at Aldermaston, led at one point to Prime Minister Tony Blair being accused of misleading Parliament. In June 1998, a report from a working group set up by Dounreays operator, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, first suggested 170kg of HEU could not be accounted for at the plant in the 1960s. However, UK AEA chief executive John McKeown insisted it had all been an accountancy error and the material was not missing …it is a case of the material never having existed.
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At Carlisle Crown Court today, Sellafield Ltd was fined for a failure to discharge its duty under Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 whereby workers had received internal doses of radiation. At an earlier hearing at Whitehaven Magistrates Court on 24th July 2009 Sellafield Ltd had pleaded guilty to the charges and was committed for sentencing to the Crown Court. Prosecuting the case, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) told the Carlisle Court that the two contractor employees had been drilling a section of concrete floor in the Product and Finishing Store where Plutonium Contaminated Wastes (PCM) are drummed up. They were removing an area of fixed contamination on 11th July 2007 when they were contaminated by airborne radiation released as a result of the drilling work. The two workers, employed by Stobart Ltd., received internal doses of plutonium of 15.7 mSv and 2.6 mSv respectively. Imposing a fine of £75,000 with £26,100 costs, Judge Batty described the failures as extremely serious.
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IN a bid to revitalise the UK’s civil nuclear supply chain, the universities of Sheffield and Manchester have teamed up with Rolls Royce to build a new £25m nuclear research centre in South Yorkshire.
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Around 300 engineering jobs are to be created in South Yorkshire after it was announced Rolls-Royce is to build its new civil nuclear facility in the region. Once construction is completed, the Rolls-Royce site will manufacture, assemble and test the high quality components needed for the new nuclear power plants that have been planned by the government as part of its attempts to lower the UK’s carbon emissions.
Career Engineer 4th Dec 2009 more >>
THE government has outlined new support for the civil nuclear industry, including a multi-million pound upgrade of laboratories at Manchester University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute.
Manchester Evening News 4th Dec 2009 more >>
SHEFFIELD has secured a place at the heart of a new nuclear power revolution – as home to a £25 million research centre and earmarked for a new Rolls-Royce factory focused on nuclear energy.
Sheffield Star 4th Dec 2009 more >>
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a US-Japanese joint venture, is expected to resubmit its nuclear reactor design to the UK in 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported citing a Dow Jones report. To concentrate on getting its Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor design licensed in the US, the company had withdrawn its design from the UK last year. However, it will resubmit the reactor design to the UK after it completes the regulatory process in the US. GE Hitachi has already initiated talks with the UK government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to return to the UK process. Once the reactor design clears the regulatory process in the UK, the company expects its design to be licensed in the country by 2014, which will allow the company to have its first nuclear reactor in operation by 2020.
Energy Business Review 4th Dec 2009 more >>
The head of Chinese shipping giant Cosco has suggested that container ships should be powered by nuclear reactors in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, said to account for 4% of the global total.
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The US and Russia are in the final stages of negotiating a new strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty. The original target was to get it settled by 5 December, the day on which an earlier agreement, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start), expires.
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The US and Russia say they want a new nuclear arms treaty to enter force at soon as possible, after failing to agree a successor to the Start I pact. The nations uphold the “spirit” of the 1991 Cold War-era treaty despite its end, the US and Russian presidents said in a joint statement.
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Shell CEO: We are seeing early signs of a far-reaching shift in our world’s energy system. Desire for secure energy supplies and concern over global warming have consumers, companies and governments embarking on a long journey towards a more sustainable energy future.
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