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In the papers - Tuesday 26 February 2008

The government agency in charge of nuclear clean-up was accused by politicians yesterday of letting its budget soar 'out of control' - making it impossible to estimate the cost of atomic waste that would be created by any new generation of power plants...

...The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority fought back against a barrage of criticism at the Commons public accounts committee by saying it was bringing modern methods of management to bear on an issue over which the country had for 50 years "looked the other way" - The Guardian

Sit David Attenborough, the naturalist and wildlife broadcaster, has enraged countryside campaigners by supporting a 70m-high wind turbine for Glyndebourne opera house. In an unlikely stand-off, the veteran environmentalist is on collision course with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) - The Times

An historic tower in Dorset that inspired novelists P.D. James and Thomas Hardy has been dismantled and rebuilt brick by brick to stop it crumbling into the sea. Clavell Tower, which was close to the edge of a cliff at Kimmeridge Bay, was at risk because of erosion - The Times

A giant wind turbine was struck by a powerful gust in Denmark and, unable to cope, buckled before its rotors were blown off and it collapsed to the ground. The Danes are planning to build two new wind farms by 2012, both off-shore - The Times

The chief executive of Hammerson, the FTSE 100 developer, said yesterday that prices of commercial property were likely to fall by 10 per cent by June, bringing the total decline to 20 per cent in 12 months. John Richards is the first head of any of Britain's top developers to try to quantify how much farther the £700 billion commercial market has to fall - The Times

Employers would gain significant new powers to shape higher education degrees under a confidential blueprint circulating inside Whitehall – Financial Times

A global banking crisis would kill tens of thousands of people through heart attacks brought on by stress and anxiety, Cambridge University researchers will warn today – Financial Times

One of the UK's largest power stations, at Teeside near Middlesbrough, has been purchased by French energy companies Gaz de France and Suez in a deal thought to be worth £200M-£300M – Financial Times

The number of new mortgage deals – a key guide to future housing demand – fell 31% year on year last month, according to the latest data from the British Bankers Association – Financial Times

Traffic should be banned from Oxford Street, London's West End shopping destination, before the Olympics in 2012, retailers will urge the London mayoral candidates tonight – Financial Times

Hungary yesterday backed a planned Russian gas pipeline crossing south-east Europe, a move that risks angering Budapest's western partners and could threaten the prospects of Nabucco, a rival pipeline supported by the US and the EU – Financial Times

Hopes for the establishment of a new energy ministry in China are fading in the face of opposition arising from powerful bureaucratic and state corporate interests across the sector – Financial Times

Biffa, the waste management group, said yesterday that a consortium planning a possible counterbid to an earlier £1.2bn recommended offer had backed away – Financial Times

Almost two and a half million people are without sufficient drinking water because of the bad weather in the north of China, according to the state drought relief organisation. Areas that were lucky enough to avoid the winter's heavy snowstorms are suffering from a drought affecting as much as 11m hectares (27.5 acres) of land - The Guardian

The merger partners Suez and Gaz de France have bought one of Britain's biggest power plants. The firms did not disclose how much they paid for Teeside power plant, but it is understood to be close to £300M - The Guardian

Obituary - Firebrand head of the Laing construction company who became the first president of the CBI. Maurice Laing was the younger son of John Laing, creator of arguably the best building company the UK has ever known - The Independent

The National Grid intends to fight the £41.6m fine imposed by the energy watchdog Ofgem for restricting the availability of cheap gas meters. An investigation by the regulator ruled that the energy network had broken the law by restricting the development of competition in the domestic gas meter market - The Independent

Network Rail's ability to deliver a seven-days-a-week railway on the London to Glasgow line will come into question on Thursday when the rail regulator delivers its verdict on engineering failures over the new year. Virgin Trains wants assurances that Sunday services, central to its new timetable, will not be disrupted by engineering work when it launches a new timetable in December - The Guardian

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