Town councillors have this week raised fresh concerns about the impact the multi-billion pound expansion of Hinkley Point will have on Burnham-On-Sea.
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A subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has outlined potential improvements to the Far North Line in the Highlands. Direct Rail Services (DRS) has suggested creating a railhead, or freight terminus, in Caithness. It has also said possible improvements at the Workington port in Cumbria could give the Highlands access to a new trade route to Europe.The NDA has consulted on moving nuclear material from Dounreay to Sellafield. In the latest edition of its in-house newspaper, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) said the railway improvements would support economic regeneration in Caithness and help with the proposed movement of the breeder material.
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Radiation Free Lakeland delivered a 1520 signature petition to Cumbria County Council offices in Kendal on Monday 5th September. The petition calls on Cumbria County Council and Copeland and Allerdale Borough Councils to halt the Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely process by their withdrawal.
101 Uses for Nuclear 6th Sept 2011 more >>
Tiny filaments growing from the surface of bacteria could help to improve the efficiency of uranium removal from contaminated waters. Uranium mining and atomic weapons testing during the Cold War era led to the contamination of sediments and groundwaters by toxic soluble uranium. Some clean-up methods use bacteria to solidify the uranium in sediments. But the mechanisms by which this occurs are not well understood, the US team reports in PNAS journal. As a result, control of uranium contamination is still problematic.
BBC 7th Sept 2011 more >>
Toshiba of Japan is considering selling a stake in Westinghouse, the nuclear engineering company, after being forced to raise its holding to 87 per cent by buying the 20 per cent held by Shaw of the US for about $1.6bn. Shaw, the Louisiana-based civil engineering group, plans to exercise the option to sell its shares to Toshiba, granted when the companies bought Westinghouse from the British government for $5.4bn in 2006. The sale is on attractive terms for Shaw but also reflects pressure on the outlook for new nuclear power plant construction after the Fukushima disaster.
FT 7th Sept 2011 more >>
Summary of the news from Fukushima.
GPI 6th Sept 2011 more >>
AN alliance of housing providers, house-builders, anti-poverty groups and green campaigners will call today for Scotland’s housing to be made fit for the 21st century. The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland says urgent action is needed to make homes energy-efficient in order to protect the climate and avoid fuel poverty. The group argues that with new housebuilding in decline, 85% of Scotland’s 2.4 million homes will still be in use by 2050. Alliance members claimed home energy use accounts for around a quarter of all carbon emissions in Scotland. They believe their proposals would help the Scottish Government tackle poverty, climate change and help create jobs in the construction sector. Housing Minister Keith Brown will speak at the Alliance’s launch in Edinburgh this morning. Welcoming the campaign, he said: “This new alliance will bring together experts from across the public and private sectors to formulate new ideas to improve the energy efficiency of Scottish homes and help Scotland meet its ambitious climate change targets.”
Herald (Not on line) 7th Sept 2011 more >>