Links to current news items, etc

This page is intended for sharing links to current news reports, blog entries, etc related to nuclear power and alternatives.



Bradwell-on-Sea identified as potential site to dump radioactive waste
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority proposes use of Essex site to store intermediate level waste until 2040
Terry Macalister
The Guardian, Sunday 16 June 2013 20.25 BST

Britain lobbies for nuclear export group to admit India
By Fredrik Dahl
VIENNA | Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:25pm BST

Sellafield fined £700,000 for sending radioactive waste to landfill
Court also orders nuclear company to pay £72,000 costs for mistake which sent low-level waste to wrong sit
Press Association
The Guardian, Friday 14 June 2013 18.57 BST

Energy department withholding details on multibillion-pound projects
- Government accused of lack of transparency as public denied access to progress reports on 12 of Decc’s 13 projects
Leo Hickman, Wednesday 12 June 2013

RWE boss warns over nuclear plant subsidies
- CEO’s concern that consumers could face ‘unnecessarily high bills’ comes as industry staff are seconded to ministries
Terry Macalister and Richard Cookson
The Guardian, Wednesday 20 February 2013

Nuclear lobbyists wined and dined senior civil servants, documents show
- Office for Nuclear Development officials received hospitality from industry representatives at luxurious restaurants and clubs
Leo Hickman, Wednesday 28 November 2012

Ministers ‘misled MPs over need for nuclear power stations’
- Cross-party report says government misrepresented findings on future electricity demand, and ignored case against nuclear
Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent
The Guardian, Tuesday 31 January 2012

UK ‘subsidising nuclear power unlawfully’
20 January 2012 – Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News

Energy companies have lent more than 50 staff to government departments
- Oil and nuclear industries’ presence throughout Whitehall exposed by Green MP, who warns of undue influence on policy
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, Monday 5 December 2011

‘Free’ corporate help accepted by energy department, Caroline Lucas reveals
- Greens’ leader says big business ‘expects something in return’, using conference speech to position her party as free of vested interests
Damian Carrington
Friday 9 September 2011 16.20 BST

Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima
- Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan
Rob Edwards
The Guardian, Thursday 30 June 2011 21.36 BST

Nuclear programme sparks more uncertainty – Guy Chazan, 2 October 2012

Sellafield swallows contaminated by radioactivity – Rob Edwards, Guardian, 8 June 2012

The 75 ways in which UK nuclear plants failed to respond to Fukushima – Rob Edwards, 17 May 2012

Subsidies / Energy Bill

Contracts for Difference: the Gift that Keeps on Giving – Alan Whitehead MP, 6 June 2012

Is there a UK nuclear power plan B? – Damian Carrington, Guardian, 1 June 2012

Poor people will pay for nuclear white elephants – Energy Fair, 22 May 2012

Plutonium stock management

Sellafield’s Thorp plant to close – Independent, 7 June 2012

University of Manchester to advise on Prism technology – World Nuclear News, 30 May 2012


EDF hostage to Hollande government pricing decision – Reuters, 8 June 2012

Fukushima / Japan

Fukushima inquiry: I felt helpless, says former PM – Guardian, 29 May 2012

Japan says Fukushima spent-fuel risk contained – Reuters, 26 May 2012

Spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi safer than asserted – Will Davis, ANS Nuclear Cafe, 16 May 2012

Worldwide / Rest of world

EU proposes mandatory nuclear reviews every six years
LONDON/BRUSSELS | Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:01pm BST

Uranium mining: America’s Secret Fukushima Poisoning the Bread Basket of the World – Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout, 5 June 2013

Nuclear, coal power face climate change risk-study – Reuters, 4 June 2012

China could restart nuclear power programme – AFP, 1 June 2012

Abolition 2000 Call for a Global Ban on Uranium Mining – 20 April 2013



After Fukushima, Japan beginning to see the light in solar energy, 18 June 2013
Government subsidies raising interest in renewables, but higher bills could complicate Shinzo Abe’s economic recovery plan
Chico Harlan for the Washington Post, Guardian Weekly

From Nukes to Renewables: Japan on Track to be World’s Largest Solar Market, 14 June 2013

Geothermal Energy Could Supply A Fifth Of UK’s Power – Paul Willis, EarthTechling, 8 June 2012

Giving power to the people can solve the wind farm stand-off – Damian Carrington, Guardian, 4 June 2012

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says – Reuters, 26 May 2012