1. From Northern Echo 9.11.00: Hartlepool nuclear power station was due to close in 2009, which would have taken some 1300 MW out of the northern generation surplus, absolutely removing any case for the new Yorkshire line. However, it has had its life extended to 2014. It employs 456 staff, that's about ten times as many as the 1845 MW gas- fired Teesside Power Station. Work started on the Hartlepool nuclear station in 1968 and it first produced power to the grid in 1983. After 2014 it will close with a lengthy decommissioning process.
2. Alasdair Philips reports that, further to the international pooled study in the British Journal of Cancer which confirmed an association of childhood leukaemia with powerline magnetic fields above 0.4 microTesla, a further meta-analysis to appear in the November issue of Epidemiology. The new meta-analysis, which pools 15 studies against the earlier one's 9, confirms the association above 0.3 microTesla.
3. You may have heard reports of research linking exposure to powerline fields with infertility in some animals. It may be some way off implications for humans but all part of the complex picture. See http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid%5F999000/999037.stm
4. Northern Electric has agreed to underground its local line across one landowner's corn field near Kilvington. It is to be done next month. Some landowners have reported difficulty in getting the local lines undergrounded for a suitable distance where they cross the proposed NGC line, so maybe Northern Electric is more amenable lately.
5. A small clutch of gas fired power stations was reported this week as gaining consent from Secretary of State. We will check all locations. One good example is in Plymouth. That will reduce the need for import from the far north, and reduce the case for NGC's line. It is being built by a Stockton firm too. That's good for the region.
6. NGC write this week to say that Ofgem has approved the new Transmission System Security and Quality of Supply Standard on 31 October with effect from 1 November. The new standards are intended to preserve the principles of the old ones, those badly written standards at the heart of NGC's contrived case for the Yorkshire line. The call for review of the standards came in 1992 after the 1992 inquiries exposed ambiguities. The rules provide for NGC to do the review in consultation with customers. Revolt also made submissions in ythose consultations. It has taken until now to finalise the new standards, which we will scrutinise. They are at http://www.nationalgrid.com.