Nuclear power’s annus horribilis

Nuclear power is suffering one of its worst ever years, writes JIM GREEN. Even nuclear enthusiasts agree that the industry is in crisis. The bankruptcy filing by US nuclear giant Westinghouse has sent a cold chill through the industry which elsewhere, is suffering from crippling economic problems, successful legal challenges, and public opposition
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The Ecologist

How the South Australians who dumped a nuclear dump may soon have another fight on their hands

The rejection of a plan to import vast amounts of high-level nuclear waste from around the world for profit was a significant result for campaigners but that threat is still far from over, writes JIM GREEN
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The Ecologist

The Nuclear Industry Is In Financial Meltdown

Most British politicians – waking up after a General Election which sent a strong message that the UK electorate don’t want railroading by its leaders – sail along blissfully innocent of nuclear’s impending denouement, not only in the rest of the world but in the UK too, writes IAN FAIRLIE
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The Ecologist

Conservative election manifesto signals the end of new nuclear power

After years of pro-nuclear bombast from the Conservative Party, its 2017 manifesto hasn’t got a single word to say about nuclear power, write Oliver Tickell & Ian Fairlie. Instead it announces a renewed focus on cutting energy costs, and a big boost for increasingly low-cost wind power; while both Labour and Libdems offer only weak, highly qualified support for new nuclear build. And so the great British ‘nuclear renaissance’ reaches its timely end.
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The Ecologist

Tory manifesto signals the end of new nuclear power

After years of pro-nuclear bombast from the Conservative Party, the 2017 Tory manifesto hasn’t got a single word to say about nuclear power, writes Oliver Tickell. Instead it announces a renewed focus on cutting energy costs, and a big boost for increasingly low-cost wind power; while both Labour and Libdems offer only weak, highly qualified support for new nuclear build. And so the British ‘nuclear renaissance’ reaches its timely end.
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Nuclear waste: Planning for the next million years

It’s over 30 years now since the Chernobyl disaster yet there is still no consensus on what to do about nuclear waste, writes RUBY RUSSELL
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The Ecologist

U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives will debate legislation on Wednesday to breathe life into the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, but critics say the project is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route.


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False promise: nuclear power: past, present and (no) future

Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’, insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation. Since then nuclear costs have only risen, while renewable energy prices are on a steep decline. And now the nuclear behemoths are crumbling … not a moment too soon.
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Terminal decline? Fukushima anniversary marks nuclear industry’s deepening crisis

With the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster falling tomorrow, nuclear lobbyists are arguing over solutions to the existential crisis facing nuclear power, writes Jim Green. Some favour a multinational consolidation of large conventional reactor designs, while others back technological innovation and ‘small modular reactors’. But in truth, both approaches are doomed to failure.
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Japan nuclear regulator asks Tepco to resubmit safety check application

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear regulator on Tuesday requested the Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings resubmit safety check applications for its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant after a review of its standards showed past inadequacies had not been properly reported.


Reuters: Environment