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Low Carbon Nuclear Power

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has predicted that the UK risks running out of energy generating capacity in the winter of 2015-16.  The National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, published in July 2011, identified eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations and noted that there was an urgent need for these to […]

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Low Prospects of Low Carbon Power from Nuclear Plants

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has predicted that the UK risks running out of energy generating capacity in the winter of 2015-16.  The National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, published in July 2011, identified eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations and noted that there was an urgent need for these to […]

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Low Prospects of Low Carbon Power from Nuclear

The National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, published in July 2011, identified eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations and noted that there was an urgent need for these to be developed before the end of 2025. At the time of writing only one of the sites, Hinkley Point, is being […]

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Nuclear waste

The UK’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has just published its long-awaited consultation on options for dealing with stocks of plutonium: Management of the UK’s Plutonium Stocks: A Consultation on the Long-Term Management of UK owned separated civil Plutonium (Issued 7 February 2011 and available from the DECC website. The UK has a […]

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Natural environment framework

The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a consultation as part of the process of developing a Natural Environment Framework (NEF) which is described as a new approach to environmental protection based on the ecosystem approach. Living Wales: A New Framework for our Environment, our Countryside and our Seas was initiated by Jane Davidson, the Minister […]

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Coalition programme

The new Government’s Coalition Programme has implications for the prospects of new nuclear power stations in England and Wales and has caused some nervousness in the power generator companies. The Programme states the intention to abolish the newly created Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) which was regarded as being undemocratic. The decision should come as no […]

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Marine Management Organisation

Part 1 of the Marine and Coastal Access bill provides for the creation of a Marine Management Organisation (the MMO) with the primary aim of providing a consistent, coordinated approach to the management of activities at sea. Its creation has been heralded as a recognition of the goal of holistic management; something that has been […]

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Spent nuclear fuel:

With inconsistencies apparent in government policy on nuclear power, has the UK¹s approach to spent nuclear fuel really been thought through? Not all the implications of UK’s attitude towards nuclear power have been thought through, and inconsistencies are apparent in the development of government policy. According to ‘Meeting the energy challenge: a white paper on […]

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Marine conservation now

1981 was a momentous year for marine nature conservation in the UK. The enactment of the Wildlife and Countryside Act meant that, for the first time, it was possible to protect marine habitats through the designation of Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs). What should have marked the beginning of a success story for marine protection, however, […]