Bad News From Japan

‘Japan has cleared the way for a resumption of nuclear power, four years after a huge earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns and explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011. Regulators said that Kyushu Electric Power’s two- reactor nuclear plant at Sendai in southwest Japan had cleared safety hurdles introduced after the Fukushima disaster.’ From…

Cracks Generate Sizewell Concern

This, Our Letter, Was Published By The East Anglian Daily Times On 20th March 2015 Your report ‘Cracks generate Sizewell concern’ (EADT 9th March) of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG) meeting 5th March by reporter David Green was, as usual, even handed. However, it is necessary that I should, as Chairman of the Shut Down…

New Law Bypasses Locals On Nuclear Dumps

Secretary of State given power to decide on sites. Change rushed through in the final hours of parliament. ‘Nuclear waste dumps could be imposed on communities without their support under a new law rushed through in the final hours of parliament. Under the latest rules, the long search for a place to store Britain’s stockpile…

Regulator Still Fails to Protect Public

Readers of News 195 (January 2015) will know of our concerns about the outdated measures in force to warn the public of, and protect them from, an emergency at Sizewell, and also that the Office for Nuclear Regulation had signed up in 2014 to new and far-reaching European provisions in the HERCA/WENRA approach to nuclear…

Hinkley Point Delay: 400 Jobs At Risk

‘Up to 400 workers at the site of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point face being laid off while the owners decide how much more to invest in the £16bn project. The French company EDF Energy has almost completed the preparatory earthworks, drainage, support facilities and roadworks on the multibillion-pound project in Somerset…

The Way Forward: France Capping Nuclear

‘France, the country that derives the most electricity from nuclear power, is turning its back on the atom. It’s capping generation at current levels, and will then reduce its contribution from 75% to 50% by 2025. Meanwhile, it will more than double what it generates from renewables to 32% by 2030.’ [U.K. please note—Ed.] From…

Fukushima Clean-Up Will Take Japan 200 Years

The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will he developed. in a stark reminder of the challenge facing the Japanese authorities, Akira Ono conceded that the stated goal of decommissioning the plant by…

NFLA share concerns over safety of ageing nuclear reactors in the UK and across Europe

NFLA Media release – for immediate release, 17th February 2015 The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) share today similar concerns as Greenpeace international over the safety of ageing nuclear power plants across the world. in a Greenpeace international media release, they highlight the discovery of thousands of additional cracks found in critical components of two…

Emergency Planning At Sizewell

At the Campaign’s monthly meeting on 16th February 2015, it was decided that the Campaign will not take part in the preparation, production or distribution of any emergency planning leaflet by local authorities for the reasons detailed below. Any leaflet advises the public how to respond in emergency must be Otherwise it will completely lack…