Letter: Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Scotland Forum’s negative views on nuclear power (Letters, 28 September) may be sincerely stated but offer no alternative other than variable renewable supplies. During the past 24 hours, wind energy has contributed only 1 per cent of the total grid demand, hydro energy and pump storage a further 2.4 per cent. As fossil fuel supplies diminish, what alternative to nuclear supply do NFLA offer? Even if the Scottish landscape was covered in windmills, there would be many days when we would have to import electricity from England, Wales, France and Ireland or face frequent power cuts. Wave energy was being experimented with when I was at university in the 1960s. How far have we got in 50 years? Fossil fuel generates 85 per cent of our electricity. Eventually, coal and gas generation has to be replaced, and energy saving on a massive scale will be required in addition to new power stations. I would suggest that if the question put to the 1,000 people in the recent Scotsman poll had been “Nuclear power or power cuts and rationing?” the result might have been very different.
Scotsman 30th Sept 2010 more >>
County Councillors will come together this Thursday (30 September) at a special Cabinet Meeting to consider EDF’s proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. The meeting, which will take place at 2pm at the Bridgwater and Albion RFC, will give Councillors a final chance to debate the proposals and to finalise Somerset County Council’s response to EDF’s Stage 2 consultation. Members of the public are welcome to attend the special Cabinet Meeting. Anyone wishing to speak must submit their question or statement in writing by noon, the day before the meeting.
Somerset County Gazette 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Costain has been awarded by Magnox South Ltd a framework contract for the delivery of Fuel Element Debris (“FED”) Dissolution at Bradwell nuclear power station. The framework is part of the station’s accelerated decommissioning programme, with similar programmes at other Magnox Sites namely, Hinkley Point, Sizewell and Oldbury to be awarded.
Builder & Engineer 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Building 29th Sept 2010 more >>
GREENPEACE has called for the government to release its findings on what areas of West Cumbria may or may not be suitable for burying high-level radioactive waste. The findings of the geological survey were due to be disclosed to a meeting of West Cumbria’s Managing Radioactive Waste Safety Partnership. But the local authority-led partnership, as reported in last week’s Whitehaven News, has had to call off this week’s scheduled meeting after running short of government funding. As a result, the Department of Energy & Climate Change has decided to delay publication of the survey outcome. Greenpeace says: “The report contains information on those areas of Allerdale and Copeland that may be considered suitable to host a geological disposal facility for higher activity legacy and new (nuclear) build wastes.” “The government line on new reactors is that the process of deciding on nuclear waste disposal is progressing smoothly. “Now it’s clear they’re not so sure. Lack of funding for those councils involved is a major problem but more of a headache for government is the potential outcry in those areas that find themselves on a possible waste disposal with non-nuclear areas listed as potential dumping grounds.”
Whitehaven News 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Letter from Tim Knowles: I would like to reassure Marianne Birkby that the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership has been set up to encourage discussion about the possibility of having a geological disposal facility for higher activity radioactive wastes in West Cumbria. This community Partnership includes a wide range of organisations from across Cumbria such as local authorities, parish councillors, the Lake District National Park Authority, Churches Together in Cumbria, the National Farmers Union, trades unions and others. Our role is to give advice to Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council before they decide whether West Cumbria should take part in the process of finding a suitable site for a repository. We are looking at geological disposal – in an engineered facility at least 200 metres underground – because this is Government policy, based on the recommendation by an independent group of experts, the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. It is also the preferred way of disposing of this waste in countries around the world such as Finland and Sweden.
Carlisle News and Star 29th Sept 2010 more >>
As part of International Day of Action on Nuclear Waste, Cumbrian group Radiation Free Lakeland have sent a message to Lakeland Leaders including Cumbria County Council, The Bishop of Carlisle, Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District National Park Authority asking that they take two actions to ensure Cumbria has a viable future. The attached Map, “A Pictorial View of the Lakes Nuclear Sacrifice Zone?” will be hand delivered to the Leaders on 29th Sept. Action 1 – Stop Radioactive Wastes going into Landfill; Action 2 – Oppose the Geological Disposal of High Level Nuclear Wastes. Cumbria County Council and nuclear industry representatives are discussing how they can best accommodate the new deregulation of the nuclear industry which now allows nuclear waste into landfill. Lillyhall landfill in West Cumbria is already recieving nuclear waste from Chapel Cross nuclear plant in Scotland. The Cumbrian landfill operator has applied to take even higher level wastes. Keekle Head a former mine, quarry and near the source of the important River Keekle is earmarked to take similar dangerous wastes to those that are currently stored at Drigg.
Northern Indymedia 28th Sept 2010 more >>
BRITAIN’S Energy Coast West Cumbria expects to take an early £5 million “hit” to its hopes of launching key projects in Copeland and Allerdale. Nuclear money is a saving grace – Sellafield parent body Nuclear Management Partners are putting around £22 million to help finance the Masterplan over the next few years.
Whitehaven News 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Claims in last Sunday’s Observer that a fire at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston was “out of control” have been dismissed by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
info4fire 30th Sept 2010 more >>
Iran’s first nuclear power plant has been forced to delay when it will begin supplying energy by several months, following the spread of a global computer virus. Little information is available on how much damage, if any, Iran’s nuclear and wider infrastructure has suffered from Stuxnet and Tehran will probably never disclose full details. Some analysts believe Iran may be suffering wider sabotage aimed at slowing its nuclear advances, pointing to a series of unexplained technical glitches that have cut the number of working centrifuge machines at the Natanz enrichment plant.
Telegraph 30th Sept 2010 more >>
The first computer virus designed to damage targets in the real world has not hit Iran’s nuclear power plant, the country’s Government has claimed.
Sky News 29th Sept 2010 more >>
North Korea on Wednesday vowed to strengthen its nuclear arsenal because of the threat from the United States, and never to abandon its deterrent.
Yahoo 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) aims to raise up to 555 billion ($6.6 billion) through the sale of shares and put a large part of the money towards investment in new nuclear power plants.
World Nuclear News 29th Sept 2010 more >>
Environmentalists in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over government plans to build a nuclear power plant by 2025. Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka announced that the government intends to build the plant to fulfil increasing demands for energy.
BBC 29th Sept 2010 more >>
The possibility of a “shared” UK-French nuclear deterrent is set to be on the agenda of a summit between David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy in London this autumn. A politically explosive proposal for joint Franco-British nuclear-submarine patrols – an idea sunk without trace in the recent past – has been brought back to the surface by the draconian defence cuts in both countries.
Independent 30th Sept 2010 more >>
David Cameron is on a collision course with the Armed Forces after the military establishment threw its weight behind Liam Fox’s protest against “draconian” cuts in defence spending.
Telegraph 30th Sept 2010 more >>
A group of 34 former European ministers and military officials have published a joint appeal for the tactical arsenal in Europe to be reduced and consolidated in the context of a broad reform of alliance nuclear policy. The group, calling itself the European Leadership Network has gathered some names that still have clout in Nato, including Klaus Naumann, the German former chairman of the NATO military committee and General Bernard Norlain, who was commander of the French tactical air force, as well as Ruud Lubbers, Helmut Schmidt, Hans Dietrich Genscher and Hans van den Broek. It is part of a broader effort to stop the “nuclear zero” movement from losing its momentum altogether following Barack Obama’s cautious Nuclear Posture Review and his long ongoing battle to get the Senate to ratify the New Start Treaty with Russia.
Guardian Blog 29th Sept 2010 more >>