THE first minister is set to abandon his staunch opposition to nuclear power in a major U-turn that challenges public opinion and threatens an irrevocable split with the Liberal Democrats. Jack McConnell is to drop his blanket ban on new nuclear power stations being built in Scotland, claiming that any proposal will be considered on its merits. It is a major shift from the position he has held since 2003: to oppose all new nuclear installations in principle until a solution for dealing with radioactive waste was found. McConnells change of direction will be signalled in the Labour manifesto for next years Holyrood election. It will recommend a balanced energy policy in which nuclear, as well as renewables and coal, will play a part.
Sunday Times 3rd September 2006
A British Second World War bomb found on the seabed near the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the Clyde could have flattened buildings and damaged jetties, according to an internal report from the Royal Navy. So that the bomb could be safely removed, a Vanguard class submarine armed with Trident nuclear warheads was sent out on patrol from Faslane earlier than planned. Other boats, including two nuclear powered submarines, were relocated, buildings were evacuated and the main A814 was closed.Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act also reveal that the Royal Navy codenamed the disposal of the bomb “Operation Clouseau”…
RobEdwards.com 5th Sept 2006
Though many believe otherwise, Mr Brown, for example, has not given a firm pledge to replace Trident.
FT 5th Sept 2006
Various letters: If we strip out the hyperbole which both sides in the anti and pro-Iran camp talk, we can simplify the issue.
Times 5th Sept 2006
Campaigners are calling for a Severnside nuclear power station to shut down before it causes a meltdown. The Stroud District Green party says Oldbury’s Magnox facility is dangerous after 38 years of generating electricity. It’s due to close in 2008. Party spokesman and Stroud District Councillor Philip Booth said the station’s second reactor has been out of use since June last year and the first reactor is due to come off-line this year for statutory inspections.
Gloucester Citizen 4th September 2006
The most interesting building at the nuclear waste site of La Hague, just outside the port town of Cherbourg in northern France, is an empty shell. What makes it special is that there is little of note, just a warren of echoing white-plastered rooms. Thirty years ago, this was where France’s nuclear waste was processed, packaged and stored in rooms so highly radioactive that ordinary metal cables would melt within weeks. Today, after a dismantling process lasting 20 years, it is the nuclear industry’s equivalent of a listed building, proof that even the most contaminated areas can be made safe again.
FT 5th September 2006
It will cost 100 billion euros ($128.6 billion) to replace aging power stations in Germany, Europe’s biggest electricity market, if its nuclear power plants are shut by early 2020s as planned under a national exit program, according to a study obtained by Reuters on Monday.
Reuters 4th Sept 2006