Are children under 5 years old who live near nuclear power plants in Germany more likely to develop leukaemia or not? The country’s powerful Green Party thinks so and has seized upon the results of a new study to renew its calls for the closure of all German nuclear facilities.
New Scientist 9th Feb 2008 more >>
Anti-nuclear campaigners have called for a safety inspection of Hinkley Point power station amid fears its boiler system may be in need of repair. Members of the Stop Hinkley group say they are concerned that sensitively placed boilers at Hinkley Point B will be put under extra pressure once the site’s twin reactors are shut down later this year. Spokesman Jim Duffy said: “The boiler tubes were rewelded by teams of workers over several months but the plant is only allowed to operate at a 60 to 70 per cent output to try to reduce heat and pressure in the 30-year- old pipes.
Bridgwater Times 6th Feb 2008 more >>
The pro-nuclear alliance of Anglesey County Council and local Labour MP Albert Owen have launched a new propaganda offensive to win people to the idea of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey. A new nuclear station would employ far fewer people than the current station. Local campaign group Pawb are arguing for an alternative employment plan for the island. Over a thousand people have now signed a petition organised by Pawb. Socialist Students in Bangor are helping to organise a public meeting.
Socialist Party 6th Feb 2008 more >>
A National Nuclear Archive is to be created in Caithness in the Highlands at a cost of £20m. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said it would potentially hold between 20 and 30 million digital, paper and photographic records. They will primarily concern the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s.
BBC 9th Feb 2008 more >>
Highlands and Islands Enterprise 8th Feb 2008 more >>
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said he sees no reason why thousands of people employed at Sellafield could not find jobs elsewhere if nuclear power was not the answer to the country’s energy needs. The newly elected leader said that in the long term it was not right for the country or the economy of Cumbria to “throw all our eggs into the nuclear basket when the economics of doing so don’t seem to make sense in the long run”.
Pendle Today 8th Feb 2008 more >>
BUSINESS is so good at Urenco that it says it aims to take over as much as possible of the Capenhurst nuclear site to provide expansion room. And its communications chief says this desire effectively rules out any chance of the former BNFL complex “next door” to the company being turned into one of the country’s planned new nuclear power plants. The recent announcement by Ministers that private energy firms will be encouraged to build up to 10 power stations to relieve the country’s future dependence on conventional fuels has led to speculation Capenhurst might be earmarked as one of them. This has already been ruled out by nuclear experts who say the site is totally unsuitable.
IC Cheshire 8th Feb 2008 more >>
NDA Director Mark Leggett has quit. But rumours that this was connected to the NAO report have been denied.
Carlisle News and Star 8th Feb 2008 more >>
E.ON is considering making a counterbid for Iberdrola, the Spanish owner of ScottishPower. The German group, the world’s largest utility by sales and the owner of UK energy supplier Powergen, is taking a keen interest in a mooted joint €50.5 billion (£37.6 billion) bid for Iberdrola by its French rival EDF alongside ACS, Spain’s largest construction firm, according to industry sources.
Times 9th Feb 2008 more >>
Iran has begun construction of a new nuclear plant, the Russian TASS news agency has said, quoting the Iranian ambassador to Moscow.
Sky News 8th Feb 2008 more >>
US-based nuclear power plants have posted all-time record highs in electricity production and efficiency in 2007, according to a report from nuclear industry lobbying group Nuclear Energy Institute.
Energy Business Review 8th Feb 2008 more >>
Vladimir Putin has used one of the last major speeches of his presidency to deliver a defiant message to the West, accusing it of unleashing a new arms race that left Moscow no choice but to retaliate in kind.
Independent 9th Feb 2008 more >>