Archive for September, 2013

September Newsletter No180

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SONE WRITES TO ALL MPs TO TELL THEM A SIMPLE HOME TRUTH

This was the month in which the dam of frustration broke. With the prospect of the Government/EdF negotiations on a new nuclear power station for Hinkley Point, Somerset, entering their third year, your committee decided to write to all MPs telling them the country does not have a viable energy policy.

 

The text of the letter is reproduced on Pages 2-3. It tells MPs that current energy policy is failing on ...

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2013 Nuclear Issues Vol 36 No 9

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A new entrant

A potential new entrant to the UK nuclear market comes with the agreement between Rolls-Royce, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, and the Finnish utility company Fortum to investigate the feasibility of Rosatom‘s VVER-type reactors for the UK new build programme.

This collaboration has been supported by a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Rosatom by Micheal Fallon, the Business and Energy minister who said, “I welcome the partnership between the UK and Russia on civil nuclear cooperation. Russian ...

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Research Shows ‘Substantial Public Concern’ Over Nuclear In UK

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There still is a substantial level of public concern in the UK around the use of nuclear power, with the public worried about the risks of storage of radioactive waste, the possibility of an accident, and the targeting of nuclear facilities by terrorists.

However, research findings published today by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), also indicate that “similar proportions” of people in the UK and Japan now support and oppose the use of nuclear power, even after the March 2011 ...

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Letter to Parliament

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Dear Member of Parliament,

This organisation, operating in the UK for the past 15 years, fears that without the reform of energy policy built around nuclear power no political party, with the possible exception of UKIP, will have any credibility over the supply of the economy’s life blood – energy and especially electricity – at the next election.

While we are a non-political organisation, attracting members from all major parties, we are struck by the general agreement between UKIP’s declared ...

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Russia-US Agreement Will Open ‘Broad Opportunities’ For Nuclear R&D

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An agreement signed between Russia and the US will open “broad opportunities” for establishing contact between laboratories and institutes in the two countries to carry out research and development in areas of nuclear energy such as fast reactors and fuel irradiation.

The agreement, signed yesterday in Vienna, Austria, by Rosatom director-general Sergei Kiriyenko and US energy secretary Ernest Moniz, also regulates access to research facilities, a Rosatom statement said.

The US said the agreement, signed on the margins of the International Atomic ...

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Commission Calls On French Government To Delay Nuclear Phase-out

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A French parliamentary commission has called on the government to delay its planned phase-out of nuclear energy and stagger it over several decades, saying a sudden withdrawal of nuclear could hit the economy and drive up electricity prices.

A provisional report published by OPECST, a scientific commission of senators and deputies, said France risks being exposed to a power price shock and economic problems if it pursues a speedy phase-out of nuclear energy as part of its transition to alternative energy ...

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Tepco Confirms Increase In Local Radiation Dose Rates At Fukushima-Daiichi

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Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously reported have been found near a water storage tank at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has confirmed.

Tepco said the local radiation dose rate near the bottom of the tank, five centimetres above ground level, was 1,800 millisieverts an hour (mSv/h) on 31 August 2013. On 22 August 2013, the radiation dose rate measured in the same area was 100 mSv/h.

In a separate statement, Tepco said the tritium ...

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