Archive for June, 2015

2015 Nuclear Issues Vol 38 No 5 June

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Chicken or Egg

Which comes first? Does the availability of energy trigger economic growth or does growth require an increase in energy supply?

A graph of energy and the economy, plotting annual changes in growth suggests that it is the first -smaller changes in energy supply precede larger changes in economic growth. But if this is the case the prospect for future economic growth seems dim unless the older Magnox reactors and Si ewell B can, as they should be, kept in ...

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June Newsletter No201

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VISITOR CENTRES REVISITED

Three years ago the award-winning, innovative and much admired Sellafield Visitors Centre was shut down – damned as unnecessary and a drain on the taxpayer by the Government-owned site operator, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Coincidentally EDF Energy, with a majority French Government shareholding, began to build Visitor Centres at all of its nuclear power station sites in the UK. It now has seven of them and regards them as ...

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Council Endorses Plans For Higher Emergency Exposure Limit In Japan

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The policy council of a Japanese ministry has endorsed plans by the nuclear regulator to increase the maximum annual radiation exposure limit for nuclear workers in emergencies to 250 millisieverts (mSv) per year from the current 100, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (Jaif) said.

The proposal would allow the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to set a special emergency dosage limit of up to 250 mSv for work such as responding to nuclear accidents at reactors, when it would be ...

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UK Should Have Public Ownership Option For Nuclear Plants, Says Report

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A public ownership option should be introduced for new nuclear capacity in the UK, a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research says today.

The report, which looks at who is paying the most to fund the environmental and social policies that are wrapped up in the consumer’s energy bills, says public ownership would reduce the risks involved in developing new nuclear capacity, and thus the cost of capital, and would secure some gains for the British bill-payer. The ...

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EPR Safety Valves Examination ‘Ongoing’, IRSN Says

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An examination into the failure of safety valves related to the pressuriser of the Areva EPR reactor is “ongoing” and the conclusions have not yet been submitted to the country’s regulator, France’s Institut de Radioprotection et Sûrete Nucleaire (IRSN) said in a response to media reports about the valves.

On 8 June 2015, reports quoted a “damning confidential report” by IRSN warning of the possible malfunction of the pressure valves, which could cause a reactor meltdown. IRSN said the report was ...

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Nuclear Industry Welcomes G7 Pledge To Phase Out Fossil Fuels

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The Group of Seven industrial powers’ agreement to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century is an “admirable initiative” that means all clean energy technologies, including nuclear, will have a role to play in the future energy mix, the nuclear industry has said.

Keith Parker, chief executive of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association, said the risks associated with climate change cannot be ignored by the global community, and the harmful effects ...

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Westinghouse Calls On Europe To Ensure ‘Level Playing Field’ For Nuclear

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The European Union must ensure a political and regulatory level playing field for all low-carbon energy sources – nuclear, wind, solar, hydro – in the EU energy mix, Westinghouse Electric Company said today.

The company, whose technology is the basis for approximately half of the world’s commercial nuclear plants, called on the EU to design and support a new electricity market that rewards all low-carbon energy, including nuclear, with equal access to the electricity grid.

Westinghouse said the EU should set a ...

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UK Energy Secretary Calls For New Nuclear Stations To Be ‘Beautiful’

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The UK’s new nuclear power stations and other energy infrastructure projects must be “designed to look beautiful” to garner essential public support, energy secretary Amber Rudd told The Independent newspaper.

Ms Rudd said that with the government hoping to build new nuclear plants in the coming years it is crucial to make sure the public is on side by making the projects visually inspiring. “People in general want public structures to look good, as well as being functional. It’s not a ...

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