United Kingdom

Brown promises nuclear decision

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised that a decision on whether Britain should build new nuclear power stations will be made early next year.

Eighteen of Britain's 23 nuclear reactors
will reach the end of their lives by 2015

Mr Brown told delegates at the Confederation of British Industry's annual conference in London yesterday that the time for public debate had finished. He said the controversial decision over Britain's nuclear future must be made to ensure security of energy supplies over the next decades.

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Scottish First Minister Salmond : help us get rid of Trident nuclear weapons

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sunday Herald, 31/10/07 - By Rob Edwards, Environment Editor

ALEX SALMOND has made a major bid to win international backing for his government's campaign to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

The first minister has written to 122 countries highlighting the nation's opposition to the deployment of Trident nuclear warheads on the Clyde, and his determination to try and block the UK government's decision to replace Trident.

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EIB Urenco loan

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

29 October 2007 - The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €200 million to Urenco to help expand two uranium enrichment plants, in England and the Netherlands.The money will help the company install new centrifuge cascades in both plants.

The EIB memorandum stated: “This project forms part of the company’s medium-term investment programme, meeting global uranium enrichment demand by the use of Urenco’s world-leading energy-efficient technology.”

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More than 200 nuclear scares recorded at submarine base

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines have been involved in more than 200 radiological incidents at a single base in the past five years, according to a report released under the Freedom of Information Act.

In one case, experts at the Devonport naval base who were supposed to be monitoring nuclear reactor operations aboard HMS Tireless, a submarine with a history of technical faults, were found to be in the wrong vessel.

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Thorp fuel plant to restart in new year

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

By Rebecca Bream, Utilities Correspondent
Mon Oct 22 23:06:32 EDT 2007

The Thorp nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Sellafield is set to restart full commercial operations in the new year, almost three years after it was closed following a radioactive leak.

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Iranians study nuclear physics in Britain

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jack Grimston, The Times -  THE Foreign Office has cleared dozens of Iranians to enter British universities to study advanced nuclear physics and other subjects with the potential to be applied to weapons of mass destruction. In the past nine months about 60 Iranians have been admitted to study postgraduate courses deemed “proliferation-sensitive” by the security services. The disciplines range from nuclear physics to some areas of electrical and chemical engineering and microbiology.

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Brown set to press on with N-power bill

Monday, November 5, 2007

By Jean Eaglesham, Chief Political Correspondent

Published: November 4 2007 22:53 | Last updated: November 5 2007 03:09

Gordon Brown appears determined to press ahead with a legal framework for new nuclear power stations in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech without waiting for the outcome of an official complaint that could derail the whole process.

The complaint concerns a consultation designed to gauge public opinion on nuclear energy, conducted by Opinion Leader Research, a polling company with close links to Labour.

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Seven of UK's 19 reactors closed

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nearly a third of Britain's nuclear power reactors have been out of action due to breakdowns and maintenance. Of the UK's 19 reactors, a total of seven have been shut down.

British Energy, which operates the affected sites, said a "conservative decision" had been taken to close units after safety checks uncovered faults.

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Labour's plan to abandon renewable energy targets

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Leaked documents detail strategy for climate change U-turn

John Vidal, 23. 10.


Ministers are planning a U-turn on Britain's pledges to combat climate change that "effectively abolishes" its targets to rapidly expand the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Leaked documents seen by the Guardian show that Gordon Brown will be advised today that the target Tony Blair signed up to this year for 20% of all European energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 is expensive and faces "severe practical difficulties".

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Nuclear woes hit British Energy

Monday, October 22, 2007

Shares in British Energy closed down 8% after problems uncovered by a routine inspection forced it to take four nuclear reactors out of service.

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