We must not forget that our campaign against the Covanta incinerator takes place against a backdrop of the UK ‘greening’ its future energy supplies of which renewable energy and nuclear power is a part of the Governments energy infrastructure plan. The Covanta proposal is a power station and we need to be mindful that events in Japan may set back plans for nuclear power and that in desperation there is a ‘dash’ for energy from waste and piped or liquefied gas.
Following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, asked the UK Chief Nuclear Inspector, Dr Mike Weightman, to provide a report to the Government on the implications of the unprecedented events in Japan and the lessons to be learned for the UK nuclear industry. Dr Weightman published his interim report on 18th May 2011, which is available to view on the Office for Nuclear Regulation website:
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change also made a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament announcing the publication of the interim report, which is available to view here:
Dr Weightman’s final report is expected to be published by the middle of September.