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Letters: Secrets, lies and why we need scrutiny of the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
John Vidal (Nuclear's green cheerleaders forget Chernobyl at our peril, 2 April) and George Monbiot (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power, 22 March) may compete on your letters page (5 April) but both miss the essential truth. Civil nuclear power is shrouded in the UK not to protect facts from terrorists but because it has well understood risks and is captured under the Official Secrets Act.
The anti-nuclear lobby has misled us allGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
I've discovered that when the facts don't suit them, the movement resorts to the follies of cover-up they usually denounce. Over the last fortnight I've made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong.
Letters: No definitive answers in the nuclear debateGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
George Monbiot is, at best, confused about debates over nuclear power (The unpalatable truth is that the anti-nuclear lobby has misled us all, 5 April). The real issue is not which individual "foremost campaigner" wins some polemical skirmish. Those with greatest interest in portraying the issues...
UK must push on with nuclear plans: scientistsReuters | 29 Mar 2011
Nuclear plants remain one of the safest ways to make electricity, and Britain should not allow Japan's tsunami-provoked problems to delay its new build plans, UK scientists said on Tuesday.
Sir David King: a 'massive opportunity'Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Sir David King says nuclear power is a 'massive economic opportunity' and should be pursued despite incidents in Japan. Stepping on to a transatlantic flight will expose a person to more radiation than walking around the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan - even in its current state of near-meltdown – according to the UK government's former chief scientist. Sir David King mounted a robust defence of nuclear power on Wednesday as renewed fears over its dangers buffeted the industry.
British nuclear industry needs overhaul before it can expand, says top scientistGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Sir David King says industry is geared towards decommissioning and must be restructured if coalition's plans are to go ahead. The UK's nuclear industry is in no shape to cope with a large-scale reactor building programme and must be overhauled if the coalition wants to push ahead with its nuclear...
Letters: Weighing up the cost of nuclear powerGuardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Nuclear power is unsafe because the consequences of any accident are so dire. Despite George Monbiot's perverse conclusion (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying about nuclear power and love it, 22 March), the disaster at Fukushima has so far caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people, the...
Government to cut health and safety inspections by a thirdGuardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
Automatic practice inspections set to only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries. Health and safety inspections are to be cut by a third in the deregulatory drive being pushed through Whitehall ahead of the "go for growth" budget due to be introduced in April. The work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is to announce that future automatic practice inspections should only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries.
Nuclear Installations Inspectorate statement - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 17 Mar 2011
Commenting on a statement released today by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate detailing the timeline for its review into nuclear safety, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: It is welcome news that this review will be longer and wider in scope than was originally reported. The approval process for new nuclear power station should be suspended while we await the its findings.
David Cameron's comments on nuclear emergency in Japan - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 16 Mar 2011
Responding to comments today by Prime Minister David Cameron, and to continuing events in Japan, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said: The focus now for everybody should be on saving lives in Japan, and our thoughts in particular are with the heroic engineers working to reduce the impact of this nuclear accident.
Letters: Another rod to beat the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
It's hardly a surprise that building nuclear power stations on seismic fault lines, as Japan has done, turns out to be a foolish thing. The Fukushima disaster may mean meltdown or worse, but what it will certainly mean is extra expense (Disaster in Japan, 14 March). Nuclear has always been an expensive white elephant. UK taxpayers subsidise nuclear to the tune of £1bn a year.
EU mulls nuclear-free future, extra tests on reactorsReuters | 15 Mar 2011
Europe's energy chief Tuesday raised the prospect of a nuclear-free future and said the 27-nation bloc is considering "stress testing" its nuclear power stations to check they can cope with crises.
Nuclear crisis - your questions answeredGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
As Japan struggles to prevent a meltdown at Fukushima nuclear power plant, a panel of scientists will answer questions from 1pm. As the nuclear crisis continues at Fukushima Daiichi, there are many confusing reports circulating the internet - from the exposure of fuel rods at reactor 2 to the rise...
Nuclear safety worries spread to EuropeGuardian Unlimited | 12 Mar 2011
Disaster puts pressure on governments, with protests in Germany and concern over new plant plans in Italy and the UK. Tens of thousands of people have taken part in an anti-nuclear demonstration in southern Germany. The demonstration had been planned for some time, but after the news of Japan's nuclear emergency, organisers were overwhelmed by crowds of around 50,000 people who turned up.
Nuclear is the reason for new regulationsGuardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
The government's energy market revamp is for one reason only - to build more nuclear power plants. Are the vast and complex edifice of new energy regulations beginning to emerge there to pave the way for more nuclear power plants? That is the uncomfortable conclusion that many in the industry are...
Nuclear risk from plane crashes is higher than estimated, inquiry showsGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
The risk that planes will crash into nuclear plants and release potentially lethal clouds of radioactivity is significantly higher than official estimates, according to expert evidence to a public inquiry. Studies submitted to the inquiry to expand Lydd airport in Kent, which began last week, cast doubt on assurances from the government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that the dangers of accidental plane crashes are too small to worry about.
Plans for Channel undersea nuclear reactorsGuardian Unlimited | 15 Feb 2011
Ecologist: Plans for undersea nuclear reactors around the coast of France could see a boom in uptake of the technology - but serious questions about costs and waste remain unanswered. Since the oil shocks of the 1970's the French government has invested heavily in nuclear power. At that time, most of the electricity in France came from oil fired power stations, and the oil was imported mostly from the Middle East.
New nuclear industry subsidy - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 24 Jan 2011
Commenting on the announcement of the Government will step in to underwrite insurance costs for new nuclear reactors, Ben Ayliffe of Greenpeace said: These proposals fly in the face of Energy Secretary Chris Huhnes assurances that the coalition wont subsidise new nuclear reactors. The planned revisions to nuclear insurance laws announced today amount to ministers conceding they need to provide a huge new public subsidy for an industry that has never been able to stand on its own feet.