MISTAKES made during a major nuclear accident exercise held in Edinburgh last year would have left casualties trapped in vehicles and spread deadly radioactive contamination, an official report has revealed.
THE rising cacophony of protest against plans to pump millions of tonnes of Russian crude oil between ships in the Firth of Forth will this week find a powerful new voice. Opposition will surface for the first time among shareholders of Forth Ports, the £850 million harbour company promoting the plans.
IRAN'S President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called it a "historic" breakthrough. His scientists, he claimed on 11 April, had completed the nuclear fuel cycle by enriching uranium for nuclear power plants. Western leaders warned that Iran had taken another dangerous step towards acquiring nuclear weapons and that it must be stopped.
The message was pretty clear. "Chernobyl: The True Scale of the Accident" was the headline. "UN report provides definitive answers" said the subheading. And then, the opening paragraph:
"A total of up to four thousand people could eventually die of radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident nearly 20 years ago, an international team of more than 100 scientists has concluded."
Scottish ministers have confirmed that they are ditching their target to "stabilise" the volume of road traffic at 2001 levels by 2021 because they have failed to stem rising car use. The Scottish Executive's transport strategy, launched today, says that "it would be desirable to replace" the target. You read it here first.
Tony Blair’s ambitions for nuclear power have been given another roasting, this time by MPs from his own party. A programme to build new reactors would be fraught with risks and could not plug the electricity gap, concludes a report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.
THE cloud of radiation spewed out by the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl 20 years ago could kill up to 60,000 people - 15 times as many as officially estimated. So say scientists who are accusing two UN organisations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), of downplaying the impact of the accident.