Andy Blowers ponders the question, ‘Why, since Bradwell B is such a futile project, don’t the regulators stop it now?’ in the BANNG column for Regional Life, October, 2019. Why is it that so often decision makers fail to see or, perversely, choose to ignore the blindingly obvious? This thought occurred to me during a recent meeting of BANNG with officials from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA) about the Bradwell B site? There are at least three major ‘showstoppers’ that should have already made Bradwell B, to borrow a phrase, ‘dead in the water’: Cooling water – the Blackwater estuary cannot possibly provide or sustain the volume of cooling water needed. Emergency plan – in the event of a serious accident it will be impossible to evacuate the surrounding area. Climate change – the Bradwell site is fragile and vulnerable to rising seas, storms and erosion which will, sooner or later, impact on the power station and its dangerous nuclear waste stores.
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