The Government faces the prospect of a fresh legal attempt to derail its plans to allow construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants. Greenpeace, the environmental group, said that its legal team was studying government announcements in the Queen’s Speech and would have no hesitation in bringing a new High Court challenge.
Times 7th Nov 2007 more >>
The Queen’s Speech unveiled 29 bills and draft bills, even if they’d mostly been revealed days if not weeks ago when Gordon Brown made what has been called his ‘pre-Queen’s Speech’. Subjects covered include cutting carbon emissions, and using nuclear power to produce energy.
Public Servant Online 6th Nov 2007 more >>
Energy, planning and climate change bills in the Queen’s Speech pave the way for new UK nuclear power stations.
BBC 6th Nov 2007 more >>
ePolitix 6th Nov 2007 more >>
Independent 7th Nov 2007 more >>
Briefing on the Energy Bill: Nuclear waste and decommissioning financing (on a contingent basis subject to the current consultation) – If it is decided that it is in the public interest to allow private sector investment in new nuclear power stations, the bill would create a framework that will help protect the taxpayer by requiring owners or operators of a new nuclear power station to make financial provisions to cover the full decommissioning costs and their full share of waste management costs.
No10 6th Nov 2007 more >>
The long-awaited Energy Bill has been welcomed by the nuclear industry. It said the Bill showed the Government was finally tackling nuclear waste and decommissioning costs but had yet to make up its mind whether to build new power stations.
Telegraph 7th Nov 2007 more >>
Reforms to the planning system will deliver a streamlined procedure for approving large infrastructure projects ranging from power stations to transport links. A planning reform bill expected later this month will create an independent infrastructure planning commission to decide on projects of national significance. The commission would act on policy statements drawn up by the government, setting out priorities for sectors such as transport, power and water. Developers would be required to consult affected communities before submitting planning applications.
FT 7th Nov 2007 more >>
This bill will radically alter the planning process, in theory making it easier and quicker to push through big infrastructural projects such as nuclear power stations. If the government clears the way for further nuclear power stations, firms will have to meet decommissioning costs as well as a share of waste handling.
Guardian 7th Nov 2007 more >>
British Energy shares are expected to open sharply lower on Wednesday following the discovery of corroded wires at one of its Heysham 1 nuclear reactors, the same issue that led to the closure of its Hartlepool reactors last month.
FT 7th Nov 2007 more >>
Greenpeace is seeking court injunctions to block the construction of a third nuclear power plant in Brazil, which is searching for ways to produce more energy for Latin America’s largest nation.
INT 6th Nov 2007 more >>
The Czech Republic must discuss the idea of expanding its nuclear capacity says the Prime Minister.
World Nuclear News 6th Nov 2007 more >>
North Korea still poses a military threat even if the reclusive state has started to roll back its nuclear arms programme, South Korea’s defence minister said.
Reuters 7th Nov 2007 more >>
Jobs at Hinkley Point A nuclear power station could be under threat if cash is funnelled away to clean up other more dangerous sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which is responsible for cleaning up sites owned by Magnox, including Hinkley A, will be publishing its business plan for the next three years in a couple of weeks’ time.
Bridgwater Times 3rd Nov 2007
CANADIAN veterans who endured nuclear explosions in Nevada from 1,000 yards away, yesterday threatened to sue the Canadian government.
Scotsman 7th Nov 2007 more >>