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Huhne: 'no subsidies for nuclear industry'

Former energy minister Chris Huhne has called on the government not to allow subsidies for the nuclear industry.

Since leaving Parliament, Huhne has forged a career as an energy expert.

He was commenting on the termination of a multi-billion-pound nuclear contract, due to a botched tendering process.

No subsidies for nuclear. That was the coalition government policy. It should be the policy again but the government seems to be relenting and saying 'no, maybe we should give a few subsidies', and it's opening the door to exactly a repetition of the sort of disaster that we see today.

It is genuinely the case that for example in Sellafield where there are a lot of research facilities, and which accounts for about 70% of the cost of total decommissioning, a lot of things were thrown away in the 1950s in the urgency to generate plutonium for the atom bomb programme, as well as generating electricity.

Those things weren't properly logged. We don't know what's in the silos, and therefore you need to have a really extensive investigative programme to find out what the problems are before you can clear them up.

And if you find out they are worse than you could conceivably have expected, that's going to cost more money, so that's basically what's been happening, and we've got this enormous increase in the cost of clear up.

– Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for energy and climate change


360-tonne machine built to clean up most hazardous building at Sellafield

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A huge machine has been assembled that will clean up the most hazardous building at Sellafield.

The 360-tonne machine will retrieve radioactive waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, when it's switched on.

It's an enormous step forward for us, 20 years in the making, of getting to the position where we've got the first machine that can start to retrieve waste from these silos."

– John Clarke, Chief Executive, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Toshiba to publish business results

Proposed new development at Moorside Credit: NuGen

Toshiba's involvement in the Moorside nuclear project near Sellafield could be clearer today as the Japanese firm publishes its third quarter results.

The technology manufacturer said it was reviewing all nuclear business outside of Japan, raising questions over their future input.


Union boss visits Sellafield to support workers in pensions dispute

Len McCluskey is expected to pledge his support for workers involved in a pensions dispute with the NDA. Credit: PA

The General Secretary of the Unite Union is visiting Sellafield today.

Len McCluskey is expected to pledge his support for workers who are involved in a dispute with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority about their pensions.

The unions said 16,000 workers at 19 sites across the country face cuts under plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, to make savings of £660million.

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Sellafield say Reed was "outstanding candidate"

Sellafield have released a statement saying Jamie Reed was an "outstanding candidate" during the recruitment process.

The nuclear giants confirmed he will be taking up the role of Head of Development and Community Relations.

Mr Reed was successful following a 'rigourous' recruitment process, and will begin his new post on 1st February 2017.

“We identified a need for this crucial senior role, advertised the post, and were delighted with the calibre of applicants that came forward.

“Jamie was the outstanding candidate and will bring an insight and perspective which will be unique across our business.”

– Paul Foster, Chief Executive, Sellafield
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