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In the papers today - Friday 27 April

EDF Energy is in talks with British Energy about building nuclear power stations together. It hopes to have the first reactor connected to the grid by Christmas 2017.
. Financial TimesAn inquiry into the Seafield sewage spill in the Firth of Forth will report within a month, it was announced yesterday. Scottish Water, the owner of the waste treatment plant which caused the spill said it had appointed independent consultant Bob Baty to look into the circumstances of the spill. The plant is operated by Thames Water. - The ScotsmanScottish Power came under the full control of its Spanish owners yesterday, as Iberadola named Jose Luis Delvalle its head of strategy as the Glasgow energy firm's new chief executive in place of Philip Bowman - The ScotsmanGeneral Electric has fired the starting gun in the race to build a fleet of new nuclear power stations by telling the Government that it will compete for a slice of the multi-billion-pound work. The move surprised some as it came ahead of the Energy White Paper, expected the week starting May 21 - The TelegraphMore than 100 MPs have backed The Independent's campaign against excessive packaging as political support grows for action to cut down household rubbish. A Commons motion condemning the waste of such large quantities of plastic and paper, and urging manufacturers to cut their use of packaging has been signed by 112 MPs from all parties. - The IndependentDisused railway lines should be protected from development in case they have to re-open to relieve overcrowded roads, said a leading Conservative politician. Shadow Transport secretary Chris Grayling said that the lines in most urgent need of protection were the Lewes to Uckfield line in East Sussex, the Oxford to Milton Keynes line, the Woodhead tunnel route between Manchester and Sheffield and the Leamside line in the North East -The Times

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