UK firms garner all their energy to forge ahead in nuclear gold rush

Monday, March 3, 2008

Political nous and solid relationships will be key to winning the work

If anything is guaranteed to divide public opinion, it is nuclear energy. At one extreme there is a band that sees nuclear as a panacea for a carbon-free UK, at the other it is seen as a risky technology with an unresolved waste management issue that could burden future generations.

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Shipping bottlenecks may halt nuclear renaissance

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Nuclear power -- back in favour in some circles on concerns over global warming -- may face supply problems as worries over the safety of radioactive material limit its movement around the globe.

After decades of plant closures amid opposition from the anti-nuclear lobby, many governments are now planning to build new reactors to try to cut dependence on oil and coal which put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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East Europe nuclear plans face many obstacles

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SOFIA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - East European countries have jumped on the global nuclear renaissance bandwagon, but numerous hurdles facing atomic power mean projects could be delayed and some even abandoned, analysts say.

Slovakia, Romania and Hungary plan to build new reactors or extend the life of existing ones, driven by growing energy needs at home and European Union (EU) targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Nuclear security undervalued

Friday, February 15, 2008

Nature 451, 745 (14 February) The world's only agency for assuring global standards and security in nuclear installations needs an upgrade. This cannot be done on the cheap.

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Call for debate on nuclear energy issues

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Aarti Dhar (The Hindu) NEW DELHI: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) believes that there should be extensive discussions with the public on all issues related to the use of nuclear energy as a safer alternative to traditional forms.

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MidAmerican drops Idaho nuclear project due to cost

Friday, February 1, 2008

Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:15pm EST

NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co's MidAmerican Nuclear Energy Co said it has decided to end its pursuit of a nuclear power plant in Payette County, Idaho, because it would cost too much.

A spokesman for MidAmerican said Tuesday the company informed local elected officials of its decision on Jan. 25, posted the notice on its Web site and sent letters to Payette County residents.

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Canada sets bad example with Chalk River reactor: British magazine, expert

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Canada's decision to restart the nuclear reactor at Chalk River, Ont., has prompted stinging criticism in Britain that Ottawa is setting a poor example for other countries.

The British magazine "New Scientist" says Canada is "sending out a dangerous message over nuclear safeguards."

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Only science can save us from climate catastrophe

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

With an increasing population, the earnest debate over the merit of biofuels and wind farms misses the point - it is the technologies we fear that will be our salvation

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New energy in nuclear power supply battle

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

By Joshua Boak, Tribune staff reporter, January 6, 2008

Firms jostle to be 1st in line for scarce reactor components - The latest nuclear race involves something other than warheads.

American utilities are moving forward on the next generation of nuclear reactors -- even before they receive government approval to build them.

They know only one company in the world that forges specialized steel containers for a reactor's core. Japan Steel Works already has a three-year backlog, and buyers include Chicago-based Exelon Corp.

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Climate change aids nuclear, despite safety fears

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

OSLO (Reuters) - Half a century after the first atomic power plant opened at Obninsk near Moscow, climate change is widening the environmental appeal of nuclear power despite a lack of final storage for the most toxic waste.

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