Jellyfish Shut Down Nuclear Reactors At Torness Nuclear Plant

Jellyfish shut down nuclear reactors (Guardian, June 30, 2011):

Both reactors at a nuclear power station have been shut down after high volumes of jellyfish were found on seawater filter screens.

The units at Torness power station, on the coast near Dunbar in East Lothian, were closed down manually on Tuesday.

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Revealed: British Government’s Plan To Play Down Fukushima (Guardian)

Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima (Guardian, June 30, 2011):

Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan.

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British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.

Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK.

“This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally,” wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose name has been redacted. “We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear.”

Read moreRevealed: British Government’s Plan To Play Down Fukushima (Guardian)