A Letter to EDF and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. The Nuclear Industry and the Regulators who both putting us all in harms way of nuclear catastrophe. Scrap these dodgy old nuclear reactors now! “As previously with Hunterston B I ask that Reactor 2 at Hartlepool is not restarted on the 19th October 2019. Hartlepool was due to shut down in 2009. It’s a decade later, it is tired and old as you can see, and yet you are still continuing to run it. Like Hunterston B the radiolytic damage of the core has reduced its mass with the ONR increasing the “safety limit” from 17% to 20% to allow it to continue to run with the possibility of 23% mass loss being mooted. It is clearly in the same boat as Hunterston B with cracked shrunken graphite bricks making up the cores with all the same risks of blocked control rod holes due to graphite debris, keyway root cracking, distortion of the core impeding the movement of the control rods and the potential for the cooling CO2 being impeded by the offset core bricks leading to the possibility of fuel clad melt. However, with Hartlepool, the situation is known to be worse.
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