An American company with no experience as a nuclear power generator has been chosen by the government to take over several Magnox atomic plants from BNFL. The sale of the management contracts for the plants to EnergySolutions coincides with soaring wages in the nuclear industry with workers at BNFL’s Sellafield plant being offered a 4.85% pay increase – more than double the 1.9% the Treasury is trying to impose on other civil servants.
Guardian 8th June 2007
World Nuclear News 7th June 2007
Telegraph 8th June 2007
THE Government has indicated that it is “more likely than not” that Sizewell and Bradwell will house the next generation of nuclear power plants, despite MPs’ fears that rising sea levels means the use of coastal sites is “asking for trouble.” During Commons questions a number of MPs raised concerns over the threat that global warming will have on costal communities and major buildings sited next to the sea. Labour’s Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West ) pleaded Trade and Industry Secretary Alastair Darling to look at the appropriateness of building on coastal sites. “It is likely that by 2050 sea levels will have risen by 40 centimetres at least and that storm waves will get higher,” said Mr Marris. “To use existing sites, most of which are on the coast whether in the South East or the rest of the UK, is asking for difficulty for future generations. I would beg you to look very, very carefully at the appropriateness or otherwise of coastal sites for new nuclear build.”
East Anglian Daily Times 7th June 2007
Nuclear power experts from all over the world have gathered at the Adam Smith Institute’s prestigious annual Nuclear Energy Forum, taking place in London’s West End. There has been a lot of interest because, of course, the UK government has just published a White Paper indicating that it endorses new nuclear build – a policy u-turn made inevitable by concerns about climate change and the insecurity of gas and oil supplies.
Adam Smith Insitute 7th June 2007
The “Belgian window” of highway floodlights has for years been powered by the country’s nuclear energy reactors, which account for 55 per cent of national electricity generation. But the era of cheap, plentiful energy is in question across Europe and nuclear power has become a battleground in the campaign ahead of Sunday’s Belgian general election. The heated debate comes amid fears that the motorways and the country at large could be plunged into darkness. Belgium has few natural energy resources, relying largely on nuclear power and imported gas. The country is among the most intensive energy-using nations in the rich world, partly thanks to heavy consumption by its chemical- and mineral-processing industries.
FT 8th June 2007
The UK needs to invest in manufacturing capacity and skilled labour as it embarks on building new nuclear power plants, Fluor’s senior vice president for nuclear operations said.
Telegraph 7th June 2007
British Energy’s chief executive, Bill Coley, said that the number of parties interested in helping it to build nuclear plants in Britain was “in double figures”. He said he was “very pleased” with the condition of Hinkley Point power station, which is in the process of restarting after months of maintenance.
Times 7th June 2007
Suez unit Electrabel and copper manufacturer Cumerio are two more groups interested in investing in the construction and operation of a 4 bln eur nuclear power plant in Belene, Bulgaria, reported financial daily, L’Echo, citing the two groups. According to the report, at least ten groups are interested in the plant, including EDF, Endesa SA, Enel SpA, E.ON AG and RWE AG.
ABC Money 7th June 2007
CONFIRMATION that Caithness is in line to site a UK nuclear repository will send shivers down the spines of many in the Highlands. But opponents of controversial plans for a national underground dump can relax. The current proposal does not involve a single atom of radioactive waste. The Far North is the preferred site to serve as the base for the recorded history of the country’s civil nuclear industry.
John O Groat Journal 6th June 2007
SAFETY inspectors for the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) have outlined growing problems at Sellafield’s high-level waste plants. The problems have brought reprocessing at Sellafield grinding to a halt. The latest news from the HSE’s Nuclear Directorate describes a catalogue of evaporator failings and concerns over the cooling coils needed to keep highly radioactive liquids cooled. The NII recorded that “strategically significant concerns had been raised in relation to the integrity of evaporators and highly radioactive storage tanks (Hasts) and to staffing levels in that area. NII has continued to press for improvements.” The inspectors reported that: “There remain significant uncertainties as to the remnant life of the evaporators. NII has continued to engage BNGSL on its evaporator recovery programme and on the development of new evaporative capacity.” ” The inspectors have also voiced concerns over the cooling coils needed to prevent the tanks of highly radioactive liquor overheating. The inspectors reported: “The tanks cooling coil failure rates and, perhaps more significantly, the distribution of failed coils within the newer tanks leads to considerable uncertainty as to the capability of the new-side fleet to continue to deliver within the current stocks strategy.” The inspectors also laid blame at BNG’s door for not enough staffing levels. They state: “Events earlier in the financial year indicated that the staffing capability was not fully adequate for an ageing high hazard facility.” A BNG spokesman said: “The high level waste (HLW) streams from Thorp and Magnox Reprocessing are fed to storage tanks via evaporators that concentrate the waste liquid, reducing storage volumes and providing a feed stock to the Waste Vitrification Plant.
Whitehaven News 7th June 2007
France’s recently appointed minister of the environment, Alain Juppé, has confirmed the launch of the third-generation European pressurised nuclear reactor (EPR) and continuing research on the next generation. Work on France’s first EPR is already under way at Flamanville, near Cherbourg. Mr Juppé is against France relying entirely on nuclear power, and in favour of energy savings and renewable sources, but says that “there is no way we can avoid going on building nuclear power stations”.
Guardian Weekly 7th June 2007
A Finnish nuclear reactor has been shut down following a small fire this morning, the plant’s operator Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has said. TVO said the fire was discovered on a turbine bearing at the Olkiluoto 2 reactor, and extinguished by staff.
Interactive Investor 7th June 2007
Body Parts Scandal
Sellafield was responsible for delaying a funeral to give more time for Body parts to be studied.
Whitehaven News 7th June 2007
President George W Bush dramatically changed his stance on the environment yesterday by agreeing for the first time to include America in a global campaign against climate change.The agreement reached at the G8 summit in Germany includes the goal of “substantial” cuts in carbon emissions and means that America will join the United Nations effort to curb global warming.But it sets no specific target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, nor is there any deadline for cuts to be achieved.
Telegraph 8th June 2007
Times 8th June 2007
Guardian 8th June 2007