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In the papers today - Tuesday 22nd July 2008

Electricite de France (EDF) said 15 workers were exposed to radioactive contamination while doing maintenance work last week at a nuclear plant in the French Alps. . . . .

The electricity giant said "traces of radioactive elements were found during monitoring of working in the Isere region - The Independent

Europe's largest windfarm is to be built alongside the M74 in south-west Scotland after Scottish ministers approved plans to erect more than 150 turbines on surrounding moors. The £600m project is likely to produce enough electricity to power more than 250, 000 homes by the time it is completed in 2011, and is well over twice the size of Europe's largest existing windfarm at Guadalajara in Spain - The Guardian

Burma needs at least $1bn (£500m) over the next three years to help rebuild the lives of survivors of Cyclone Nargis, a UN-led report said yesterday in the first comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by the disaster that killed more than 84,000 people. The cyclone in May caused an estimated $4bn in damage, said the report prepared by the UN, the Association of South-East Asian Nations and Burma's military junta - The Guardian

The three executive directors at Thames Water, Britain's biggest water company, shared almost £1m in bonuses last year. The biggest payment has been made to David Owens, the chief executive, who got a bonus of almost £662,000 - more than four times his basic salary - for the year to the end of March, taking his overall remuneration package to almost £823,000 - The Guardian

The government will come under increased pressure today to ban new coal-fired power stations such as the one planned for Kingsnorth in Kent unless they are equipped to trap and store carbon pollution underground, as a committee of MPs publishes a critical report. The environmental audit committee urges ministers to make it clear that coal power plants that do not fit carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment will be closed down - The Guardian

The world's biggest offshore wind farm was put back on track yesterday as the UK energy minister boasted that the technology could attract £3bn investment to the north-east of England alone. A host of wind schemes have been hit by planning delays, cost-inflation fears and opposition from the Ministry of Defence over concerns that turbines damage the efficiency of local radar - The Guardian

A £2.3 billion prison building programme to provide 10,500 extra spaces is not based on "solid foundations", according to a critical Commons committee report published today. The Government is accused of a "risky strategy" by focusing on spending large amounts on more jail spaces, including three Titan prisons each holding 2,500 inmates - The Times

Europe's largest onshore wind farm has been given the go-ahead in Scotland - just as plans to erect the UK's biggest individual onshore wind turbine in Northumberland were approved by ministers. The £600M Clyde wind farm will have 152 turbines and a total capacity of 456MW, enough to power more than 250,000 homes - Financial Times

The US rush into wind power has enabled the country to pass Germany to become the world's biggest generator of such energy, according to estimates for the first half of 2008 from the American Wind Energy Association. The US had not been expected to reach this milestone until the end of next year. It achieved this early, while still running behind Germany in total installed capacity, because its average wind speed is significantly stronger - Financial Times

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