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Articles from ncg members. For news articles before 2014, see the news archive.
Doubts are growing doubts that the Hinkley C nuclear power station, the EU’s biggest construction project, will get the final go-ahead from the UK government. And that’s leaving the European nuclear industry, already in serious financial difficulties, facing a struggle for survival.
By Paul Brown
The Ecologist, 25th November 2014
Comment on ‘Updated investigations of cancer excesses in individuals born or resident in the vicinity of Sellafield and Dounreay’.
By Dr Ian Fairlie and Dr Alfred Korblein
British Journal of Cancer, 20th November 2014
The UK Government promises that the Hinkley C ‘EPR’ nuclear reactor will lower electricity bills, but this is the very reverse of the truth. Our best hope is that it will never be built.
By Prof Keith Barnham
The Ecologist, 15th October 2014
The outgoing European Commission has just given the UK’s controversial Hinkley C nuclear project the go-ahead – approving a deal that will cost the UK public tens of billions of pounds. But now the deal faces a legal challenge in the European Court of Justice.
By Dr Paul Dorfman
The Ecologist, 8th October 2014
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides an account of an industry in decline, writes Jonathon Porritt – with rising operating costs and an ever-shrinking share of world energy production, while the sector loses the race for investment and new generating capacity to fast growing renewable energy technologies.
By Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 25th August 2014
Controversy has been raging for decades over the link between nuclear power stations and childhood leukemia. But as with tobacco and lung cancer, it’s all about hiding the truth. Combining data from four countries shows, with high statistical significance, that radioactive releases from nuclear plants are the cause of the excess leukemia cases.
By Dr Ian Fairlie
The Ecologist, 23rd August 2014
Will EDF with Chinese backing build a new third-generation nuclear power plant in the U.K., and if so under what conditions? The answer to this question will be vital to the future of the European energy sector. And a great deal will depend on the European Commission, which is expected to decide any moment whether the U.K.’s agreement with EDF will be allowed under EU State Aid rules.
By Prof Steve Thomas, Mycle Schneider and Antony Patrick Froggatt
Energy Post, 21st August 2014
The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell.
By Jeremy Leggett
The Guardian, 18th August 2014
The world’s nuclear statistics are distorted by an anomaly whose cause is not technical but political. Three years after the Fukushima events started unfolding on 11 March 2011, government, industry and international institutional organizations continue to misrepresent the effects of the disaster on the Japanese nuclear program.
By Mycle Schnieder, Antony Froggatt, Prof Steve Thomas et al
World Nuclear Industry Status Report, 18th August 2014