A VISION for how two councils could work together as plans for a new power station at Bradwell progress has been revealed. Maldon District Council and Essex County Council are proposing forming a Joint Bradwell Member Board so they can work together on items of ‘mutual interest’ within the bid. In 2011 the Government revealed a list of eight sites deemed “potentially suitable” for new nuclear stations, including Bradwell. In January, it was announced the Government had asked nuclear regulators to begin the process of approving a Chinese-designed reactor for a new power plant. A paper, which went before Maldon District Council last Thursday, outlines plans to set up the board and seven point vision. The information, which forms a planning performance agreement, sets out how the new power station would have ‘an engaged community approach’ throughout construction, operation and decommission and says it should be ensured the project supports making a positive socio-economic impact on the district.

Maldon and Burnham Standard 14th July 2017 read more »

A press release received from Magnox confirms “the former Bradwell nuclear power station has now successfully dealt with all of its Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste – a major source of intermediate level radioactive waste at the Essex site. This is an important step towards its planned closure, as part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency’s (NDA) mission to clean up and decommission the UK’s earliest nuclear sites.” Three years of potential damage to our estuary ecosystem has finally finished with as much controversy now at the end as when the process started. During those three years BANNG, Mersea Island Environmental Alliance, Marinet, The Blackwater Guardians, FAB and others have spent a great deal of time and gone to a great deal of trouble to try to stop FED dissolution to protect both people and the environment. Meetings were held with the Environment Agency (EA), who seemed uneasy as to what was happening at Bradwell. FED dissolution was highlighted in the media and complaints lodged both in the UK and European Parliaments. BANNG organised a Public Meeting in West Mersea in June, 2014, at which an expert in Marine Biology explained his concerns about the release of FED effluent into the Blackwater and at which the large audience made clear its opposition. BANNG believes that the real reason the treatment project has ended now is that the original analysis of the FED was wrong. Only a third of the 200 tonnes total waste ie 65 tonnes could actually be processed. The other two-thirds were comprised of Low-Level Waste (LLW) and have been taken to Drigg for disposal. This raises the question of whether the FED was properly characterised before it was decided to use an expensive and experimental dissolution process. Peter Bank’s (Town Councillor. Colchester Green Party) says the process of Fed Dissolution has left a bitter ‘taste’ of potentially radioactive sludge in the Blackwater estuary.

Mersea Island Courier 30th June 2017 read more »


Published: 16 July 2017