What if the (Chernobyl) accident happened here at Bradwell or Sizewell? Obviously it couldn’t or, at least, not a similar accident. But nuclear accidents can, do and will happen whether through operator error (Windscale), natural causes (think of Fukushima), technical failure (Three Mile Island) or a combination of human and technical (as at Chernobyl). A 30km exclusion zone around Bradwell would mean evacuating the entire population of around half a million people leaving Colchester, Chelmsford, Southend, Maldon and Clacton as ghost towns overnight and all the places in between deserted. It is inconceivable that such vast numbers would make an orderly departure, stay calm and carry on. Some, possibly, but many would refuse to budge, more would panic and flee, clogging up roads, making movement of essential and emergency services impossible. The only certain way to prevent a nuclear accident is to remove the threat altogether. This is, perhaps, the biggest reason why new nuclear power stations with highly radioactive spent fuel stores on fragile and floodable sites at Bradwell and Sizewell should be avoided.
Maldon Standard 16th June 2019 read more »