No2NuclearPower news & information about the UK nuclear industry

  • Net Zero Without Nuclear
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Jonathon Porritt: Even as the prospects for nuclear power continue to decline, the industry is spending more and more money seeking to persuade Governments, commentators and ‘gullible greenies’ that we’re going to need new nuclear power to get us to a Net Zero economy by 2050. I’ve spent the last six months looking into this mismatch: declining prospects, escalating hype. All captured in my new Report, ‘Net Zero Without Nuclear’ – accessible here: Net Zero Without Nuclear 15.04.21 ‘Net Zero … read more »

  • Sizewell C
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Planning chiefs have started the formal examination of the proposals for a new twin-reactor nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast – despite campaigners’ calls for a delay. Parish and town councils, environmental organisations and campaign groups asked the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for the crucial procedure to be put back because of the huge pressure many local people are facing in fighting both Sizewell C and plans for two enormous offshore windfarms and infrastructure at the same time. The campaigners … read more »

  • Sizewell B
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Sizewell B nuclear power station is being switched off today for six weeks – so essential maintenance and refuelling can take place. Power station workers will complete 8,000 routine maintenance and inspection tasks and replace a third of the fuel during the outage at the site, with its famous white dome on the Suffolk coast. East Anglian Daily Times 16th April 2021 read more »

  • Hunterston
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:46 am

    The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has given consent for Reactors 3 and 4 at Hunterston in Scotland to return to service for a limited period following scrutiny of operator EDF’s safety case. The advance gas-cooled reactors, which were built in 1976, underwent a shutdown in 2018 for detailed inspections following the discovery of cracks in the graphite bricks used in the reactor cores. At the time, EDF said that the 2mm cracks were within acceptable limits and are “a … read more »

  • Nuclear Lobbying
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:45 am

    The nuclear industry has for too long taken a passive role in debates that determine how its technology is perceived by the public, but the climate crisis demands active communication about its many benefits, Rauli Partanen, the CEO of Think Atom, said yesterday in his address to delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum. In his keynote speech, Selling the benefits instead of the fear – How to turn the discussion on the future of nuclear into an expansive … read more »

  • Climate Policy – Scotland
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Mark Ruskell: THEY say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I suppose I should be pleased to see the Tories talking about restoring nature, Labour rebranding themselves green and the SNP talking about land reform. Never before has the environment been so high on an election agenda. But that’s because the need to act has never been so urgent. It’s true that we are now less than a decade away from the deadline set by the Paris Agreement … read more »

  • Nuclear Ships
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Do you study climate change? Do you have the year 2025 free? Then you could be eligible for a free ride on a nuclear-powered superyacht, that would normally set you back $3 million. The 300-metre yacht, named Earth 300, will be specially equipped for environmental exploration, as well as catering to billionaires and activists on luxury trips. Earth 300’s website describes it as a ship ‘that will unite science and exploration to confront earth’s greatest challenges’. Metro 15th April 2021 … read more »

  • Fukushima
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:42 am

    An insight into Japan’s contentious plans to release contaminated water from Fukushima. Japan has announced it will release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear plant – a decision that hasn’t gone down well across large quarters of the world NS Energy 15th April 2021 read more » The Japanese government has been forced to quickly retire an animated character it had hoped would win support for its decision this week to … read more »

  • France
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Why nuclear will be featured in the 2022 presidential campaign. The left and the Macronist majority seem divided on the rapid construction of new EPRs, while the right and the far right are stepping up their support for the sector. Le Monde 15th April 2021 read more »

  • Algeria
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Nine French MPs have called on President Emmanuel Macron to provide data and maps about nuclear waste sites in Algeria, agencies reported yesterday. The French conducted nuclear tests in the Algerian Sahara in the 1960s. “You now have the opportunity to take concrete action in favour of the civilians and the environment which continue to be affected by nuclear waste buried by France in the sands of the Algerian Sahara,” the MPs told Macron. “You must seize it.” They pointed … read more »

  • Japan
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:39 am

    The district mayors’ association of the Nishiura district in the city of Tsuruga, located on Fukui Prefecture’s Tsuruga Peninsula, has drafted a plan offering to host an interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and submitted it to the city government, concerned parties have revealed. Mainichi 16th April 2021 read more »

  • Canada SMRs
    by pete on 16 April, 2021 at 8:38 am

    A study into the feasibility of the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada, prepared at the request of the leaders of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan, has concluded the development of SMRs would support domestic energy needs, curb greenhouse gas emissions and position Canada as a global leader in this emerging technology. The province of Alberta has joined the three provinces as a signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on SMR development. World Nuclear … read more »