National Policy Statement
The courts will be dealing with at least two judicial reviews early in the year. The Court of Appeal must decide whether to consider an appeal from the High Court by Innovia Cellophane. Greenpeace, meanwhile, will have its challenge of the Nuclear Power NPS heard by the High Court, on the grounds that the Fukushima accident made the designation of the NPS premature. There may be other JRs as the regime beds in further.
Bircham Dyson & Bell 5th Jan 2012 more >>
EDF Energy restarted its 620-megawatt (MW) UK Hartlepool 1 nuclear reactor early on Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said, following a one-month refuelling outage.
Reuters 5th Jan 2012 more >>
PLANS for hundreds of jobs across the district could be put on hold because energy bosses are looking elsewhere. EDF Energy, which owns the land beside Bradwell power station earmarked by the Government for a new nuclear power plant, says while the site is still an option, it is focused on Hinkley Point, in Somerset, and Sizewell, in Suffolk. Any development [at Bradwell] would require the usual necessary consents, and long term it remains a viable site but our current plans for new build remain solely focused on Hinkley Point and Sizewell C, an EDF spokesman said. In accordance with this, any sale agreed will be conditional on the ratification of the Governments nuclear national policy statement and on EDF Energy obtaining planning consent for two European pressurised water reactors at its site at Sizewell.
Maldon Standard 4th Jan 2012 more >>
Concerns have been raised by Sedgemoor District Council over plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. The council has sent a report to the Infrastructure Planning Commission which deals with large-scale projects. A decline in tourism, a loss in quality of life and house price increases due to extra demand from newly created jobs have been cited as worrying issues.
BBC 4th Jan 2012 more >>
Wylfa: Response to EU Stress Tests following the Events at Fukushima, Japan.
Magox Sites 4th Jan 2012 more >>
REASSURANCES have been given that moving nuclear fuel rods from Chapelcross will not be attempted on icy roads. Concerns have been raised by the public after black ice caused several accidents on the B722 in recent weeks. The road, from Annan to Eaglesfield, runs past the former nuclear power station which is currently being defuelled and decommissioned. And although it is currently classed as a primary route for winter maintenance and gritting on Dumfries and Galloway Councils policy, on the few days of freezing conditions and rain the grit preparation did not work, leaving motorists slipping and sliding on the icy surface.
Dumfries Standard 4th Jan 2012 more >>
THE nuclear industrys biggest project, seen as crucial to the future running of the Sellafield site, has been hit by financial problems and delays. The Whitehaven News understands that the costs of Evaporator D are grossly over budget perhaps by as much as £100 million although no figures have been confirmed at this stage. An independent review of the £397 million project is being carried out. It is also understood that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which owns Sellafield, might eventually have to go to the government to seek agreement to allocate more of the agreed NDA funding settlement to the project. Nuclear Management Partners anticipated £50 million fee for efficient running of the site, under the NDA contract, could be affected. The massive project is regarded as a lifeline for Sellafields longer term operations as the massive Evaporator D vessel will deal with high-level radioactive wastes produced by fuel reprocessing.
Whitehaven News 5th Jan 2012 more >>
THE NUCLEAR industry, particularly Sellafield and BNFL, its original parent company, owed much to the expertise, astuteness and certainly staying power of Coningsby Allday. As BNFL chief executive from 1975, Con Allday was virtually thrown in at the deep end for within two years a pretty watertight case had to be prepared to convince government that thermal oxide reprocessing was the way forward.
Whitehaven News 5th Jan 2012 more >>
MORE than 100 people could be employed at Sellafield in a new facility to handle intermediate-level nuclear waste. Sellafield Ltd is applying for planning consent for a comprehensive import/export facility. It is thought that the facility would be staffed from within the existing workforce. The 64,000sq ft building, standing 92ft high under a flat roof, would be built next to the Box Encapsulation Process Product Store (BEPPS 1). Its purpose is to wash the surfaces of waste containers before they are stored elsewhere at Sellafield or, in the long run, sent to an underground repository.
Whitehaven News 5th Jan 2012 more >>
They’ve been fighting to keep radioactive waste out of their village for two years. But there’s been a major setback for campaigners in King’s Cliffe near Peterborough. Low level radioactive waste has started arriving at the nearby landfill site – just weeks before villagers take their case to the Court of Appeal.
Anglia Tonight 5th Jan 2012 more >>
BBC 5th Jan 2012 more >>
Letter Tim Knowles: The New Year is set to be a very important one for Cumbria as a decision is due to be made on whether the west of the county takes part in the Governments search for a suitable location for an underground disposal facility for the nations higher-activity radioactive waste. The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is currently running a large programme of public consultation in the county. The consultation period is set to run until March 23.
Whitehaven News 5th Jan 2012 more >>
Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility talks with Earth Focus about the links between nuclear power and human health. What, if any, dose of radiation is safe? What kind of radiation are we exposed to? Can radiation cause genetic damage?
You Tube 4th Jan 2012 more >>
The Dutch government has appointed Credit Suisse to advise on a potential disposal of its stake in Urenco, pushing forward a possible sale of the nuclear fuel manufacturer valued at more than 3bn ($4bn), according to people familiar with the situation.
FT 5th Jan 2012 more >>
British Gas is preparing to end a year of runaway inflation in household energy prices by becoming the first nationwide power company to bring down its bills from their present record levels. The Times has learnt that executives at the supplier are considering announcing a moderate cut before its parent company, Centrica, announces annual results next month.
Times 6th Jan 2012 more >>
Is Frances long, proud, and at times defiant affection for nuclear energy finally beginning to wane in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster? While its still too early to pronounce Frances nearly four decade love affair with nuclear power finished yet, there are signs the doubts over atomic energy that arose elsewhere following the Fukushima melt-down are forcing reflection in France as well. True, that French re-thinking may not yet be generating dramatic developments like Germanys move to shutter all its reactors by 2022, or even more moderate decisions by Italy and Switzerland to mothball plans to develop their atomic sectors. But the recent French introspection about the merits of nuclear power is posing some serious questions about the nations energy independence, industrial future, and role as one of the worlds biggest business proponents of civil nuclear technology.
Time World 4th Jan 2012 more >>
A joint venture of Technip and Ingérop has been appointed as main contractor for a French storage centre to house high-level and medium level nuclear waste. The contract is for radioactive waste authority Andra, which is setting up the future industrial geological storage centre in the Meuse/Haute-Marne region in the east of the country. The facility, known as Cigeo, is designed to provide long-term confinement for the waste and to ensure that the storage is reversible.
Construction Index 5th Jan 2012 more >>
Fukushima Crisis Update 30th Dec to 2nd Jan.
Greenpeace International 5th Jan 2012 more >>
Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday he would like to see talks with world powers on his country’s nuclear programme resume in Turkey, but was waiting for a venue and date to be agreed.
EU Business 5th Jan 2012 more >>
In the past few days, at a time of high tension in the Gulf, Iran announced that it had produced and tested its first fuel rod at the Tehran Research Reactor. It also claimed to have mastered the production of nuclear plates. My understanding is that what is being tested at the TRR is a rod designed to be used at the heavy water reactor under construction in Arak. Making assemblies of plates of the kind required to fuel the TRR itself is still some way off. Iran has always stated that the TRR is being used to produce radioisotopes through irradiation for industrial and medical purposes. To operate, the reactor needs a core made of fuel assemblies, which contain a total of 30 kg uranium enriched to 20 % U-235. Each fuel assembly is made of thin plates, which contain uranium in form of U3O8 (uranium oxide) in aluminium cladding. It appears from the announcement that what Iran has produced and tested at the hot cells at the TRR is something different: a fuel rod, which typically consists of cylindrical pellets clad in a zirconium tube. The rod Iran claims to have made contains natural uranium, suggesting that it is intended for the IR-40 heavy water reactor at Arak, rather than for a light water nuclear power station like Bushehr, which uses rods of low enriched U-235.This is a cause for concern as such an action is proscribed by the United Nations Security Council due to its proliferation concerns. Plutonium could be separated from the reactor’s spent fuel. Hence this show of ostensibly civilian nuclear progress could end up further stoking international tensions.
Guardian 5th Jan 2012 more >>
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has defended the government’s decision to appeal a High Court ruling that declared the coalition’s plan to cut incentives for solar installations unlawful, warning the feed-in tariff scheme has already exceeded its budget for the current financial year. The Appeal Court reconvenes next week and while the court will decide when the case will be heard the Department of Energy and Climate Change is hopeful it can be scheduled for mid-January. Barker admitted he had to be “circumspect” over what he could say about the appeal case and refused to be drawn on the government’s contingency planning should it lose the appeal. However, he reiterated that the continuation of the current 43 pence per kWh feed-in tariff rate for small scale solar installations would have “catastrophic consequences” for the scheme.
Business Green 5th Jan 2012 more >>