We need to show the strength of feeling across Somerset and the whole of the United Kingdom against the EdF proposal for a massive new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. That means we have just a few months to get thousands of signatures to present to the government when EdF puts in its planning application. Spread the word, sign online or go to http://www.stophinkley.org/PETITION.htm and print off copies to collect signatures from your friends and neighbours.
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FARMERS on Anglesey have been split by plans to upgrade Angleseys electricity connections to the National Grid. Members of NFU Cymru are firmly against proposals to create a second line of giant pylons to take power from off-shore windfarms and a possible new nuclear power station on Anglesey. They are lobbying for cables to be buried or, better still, laid under the sea bed.
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A NATIONAL Assembly for Wales committee is seeking peoples opinions of energy policy and planning in Wales as part of a new inquiry. The Environment and Sustainability Committee will examine how the UK Governments policies regarding energy production affect the Welsh Governments own plans. The committee will also consider the implications for Wales if responsibility for consenting major onshore and offshore energy infrastructure projects remains with the UK Government. Under current legislation, final decisions regarding installations that produce more than 50 megawatts of power are made in London.
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Correction: The CND Conference resolution mentioned yesterday will be debated and voted on the 15-16th October and, if passed, will resolve CND to its continuing campaigning against nuclear power.’
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Up to 1,500 jobs are under threat at E.ON in Britain after the utilitys struggling German parent ordered a cull of one in eight of its staff. The job losses can be indirectly traced to the Japanese earthquake in March and the resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster. Following that, Germany cut its nuclear programme, hammering E.ONs profits. E.ON, most of whose business is in Germany, yesterday reported a loss in its second quarter, dragging profits for its half year down 60 per cent to 2.3 billion (2 billion) before interest and tax. In the UK, profits from its operation fell 46 per cent to 311 million.
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GDF Suez, the worlds biggest utility by sales, has unveiled a far-reaching alliance with Chinas $409bn sovereign wealth fund as it looks to tap booming Asian demand for liquified natural gas and forge close ties with the countrys nascent power industry. In the first part of the partnership deal, details of which were disclosed on Wednesday, China Investment Corp is to pay 2.3bn($3.2bn) for a 30 per cent stake in GDFs gas and oil exploration and production business. The Chinese fund is also buying the French-based utilitys 10 per cent share of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Trinidad and Tobago for 600m.
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Dont tell anyone I said so but the lights are still on in Tokyo. Unremarkable, you might think. But two-thirds of Japans nuclear power stations are switched off. Sweltering summer temperatures are well into the 90s Fahrenheit, putting further strain on the depleted energy supply. If nuclear power is really as vital to the Japanese economy as has been made out, how come the country has not ground to a halt? Nuclear energy normally accounts for 30 per cent of Japans electricity needs. Before the March earthquake and tsunami caused the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, the idea had been to raise this to 50 per cent by 2030. That would have meant adding at least 14 new reactors to the 54 already in operation. Now Naoto Kan, the prime minister, has suggested Japan should phase out nuclear power altogether. The public, concerned about post-Fukushima radiation in the air and in their f ood, appears to support him. Depending on how the question is put, polls show 70 per cent or more Japanese now oppose nuclear power. Of course, if you asked do you enjoy sitting in the dark?, the response might be different.
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Greenpeace has found high levels of radiation in seafood caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Japan. This, along with the news that the Japanese government covered up the true extent of radiation releases from Fukushima and so put people in danger, shows it is long past time that urgent, transparent action was taken by officials. At a press conference in Japan Greenpeace explained how our radiation experts had visited ports in Iwaki prefecture between 22nd and 24th of July and conducted sampling of seafood with the help from local fishermen. The French laboratories ACRO and CRIIRAD analysed the radioactive contamination and detected high levels of radioactivity in a number of samples. This means that the contamination of the Fukushima coast is still very serious.
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Japan’s Prime minister Naoto Kan has approved a decision to continue to market Japanese nuclear technology to foreign countries, although he has said that Japan will look to reduce its use of nuclear power in the future after the Fukushima Daiichi incident in March.
Nuclear Engineering International 10th Aug 2011 more >>
The chairman of the U.S. nuclear regulator said his own commission is hamstrung by an inefficient, “flawed voting system” which distracts from its job of ensuring safety at the country’s power plants. Gregory Jaczko chided his colleagues on the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission for their approach to recommended changes in the wake of Japan’s nuclear disaster — an approach he said reflects “the current commission’s preoccupation with process at the expense of nuclear safety policy.”
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Nigeria, Africas largest oil producer, is considering building nuclear power plants to alleviate the countrys chronic energy shortages, despite the negativity surrounding nuclear power in the aftermath of Japans March Fukushima debacle.
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The deadly Wenzhou crash highlights the dangers of mega-infrastructure projects moving too far, too fast. Chinese decision-makers should take note. The leadership must heed the warnings for other major undertakings at similar scale, most obviously the countrys nuclear-power construction frenzy.
China Dialogue 10th Aug 2011 more >>
What is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) future now that Atlantis has landed and the shuttle program is over? If NASA persists in using nuclear power in space, the agency’s future is threatened. Between November 25 and December 15, 2011, NASA plans to launch for use on Mars a rover fueled with 10.6 pounds of plutonium, more plutonium than ever used on a rover. The mission has a huge cost: $2.5 billion. But if there is an accident before the rover is well on its way to Mars and plutonium is released on Earth, its cost stands to be yet more gargantuan.
Truth Out 10th Aug 2011 more >>
CAMPAIGNING nuclear test veterans are to take their fight for a public apology to the Scottish Parliament. Thousands of soldiers claim they were used as guinea pigs on Christmas Island, in the Pacific, half a century ago as Britain and America carried out a series of nuclear tests. These include Johnstone man Ken McGinley, 72, who went to Christmas Island as a young sapper with the Royal Engineers.
Paisley Daily Express 10th Aug 2011 more >>
The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has published a detailed briefing on energy strategy in England and how the long-held NFLA policy of a wide renewable energy mix, a concerted energy efficiency programme and increased efforts to develop local microgeneration projects can provide more than adequate levels of electricity without recourse to new nuclear build.
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Realising an English Renewables Revolution in future energy policy briefing.
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