Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed:
World Nuclear News: Iter conductor certified for use
‘Iter will be constructed in Europe, at Cadarache in the South of France. Work to construct new infrastructure or to modify existing infrastructure, such as widening roads and roundabouts, to allow for the delivery of major components to Cadarache began in January. Over the next 18 months, 90 different engineering operations at work sites in and around the sixteen villages between the port of Berre l'Etang and Cadarache will start. During the Iter construction phase, 200 convoys, on average one every two days, will travel along the route. The nine components of the vacuum vessel will each weigh 600 tonnes and the 18 toroidal field coils, aimed at confining the plasma, will weigh 530 tonnes. The cost of the roadworks to enable the transport of such components will be almost €100 million ($146 million) and will be financed by the Bouches-du-Rhône regional government.’
Reuters: EDF says won't pay "any price" for British Energy
‘Pierre Gadonneix also told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in London that he was unaware if a bid for British Energy would be discussed at an EDF board meeting this week. "We are not going to do anything at any price. We as a company are clearly committed to playing a role in nuclear development in Great Britain," he said.’
Star Tribune: If nuclear power is safe, why protect operators from liability?
‘Republicans, from John McCain to congressional candidates, claim that nuclear power is safe and should be expanded in order to solve the energy crisis. But nuclear power would be impossible without the Price Anderson Act, which shields nuclear power plant owners from free market forces.’
Guardian: Energy security 'more important than climate change'
‘Securing the country's supply of electricity is more important than tackling climate change, a new report from energy analysts has claimed. It warned that the UK's economy could be wrecked if there was no action to plug the energy shortfall predicted for the next decade, with businesses going bust and hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs. But the report, led by Ian Fells, emeritus professor at the University of Newcastle and a veteran energy policy analyst, has been dismissed as "naive" by Greenpeace, and "overstated" by the energy secretary John Hutton. Environmentalists argued that the report's recommendation for new coal-fired power stations went against the advice of scientists and that the rest of the world was forging ahead with renewables.’
RTTNews: House Passes Energy Bill; Still Faces Senate And President
‘A Democratic-backed comprehensive energy bill narrowly passed the House late Tuesday, by a vote of 236 to 189, but the measure still must pass the Senate and avoid a presidential veto to become law. The bill allows for some expansion of offshore drilling, opens up federal lands for shale oil exploration and encourages investment in wind and solar energy. The measure cleared the House after three hours of sometimes fiery debate.’