Fake news has arrived on the shores of the Blackwater estuary!! It takes the form of the recent, widely distributed CGN/EDF glossy and upbeat ‘Community’ Newsletter, which gives information about what is happening at the site of the proposed Bradwell B new nuclear power station. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) feels compelled to respond to this Newsletter, which it considers to be a partial and misleading piece of smooth ‘nuke speak’ that gives all the upsides and none of the downsides of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell. So what does the Newsletter actually tell us? It says ‘The project is at an early stage’. But nowhere is there the slightest hint that Bradwell B might not go ahead. In fact, early stage or not, so sure is CGN/EDF of success that an indicative project timeline is provided, showing that construction ‘begins’ in 5 – 7 years from now. It tells us that comments can be made on the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process. But the new Blackwater Nuclear Community might well ask if there is any point in commenting on this given the obvious confidence of CGN/EDF that the Hualong 1000 reactor, not yet in use anywhere in the world, will pass the regulators’ tests. BANNG thinks that there is every point in commenting and would encourage our fellow residents of the new Blackwater Nuclear Community to do so. If you find a GDA process difficult to comment on (and who doesn’t?), simply draw attention to the fact that all the digging of boreholes and marine surveys cannot disguise the fact that the site is in Flood Zone 3 and, therefore, totally unsuitable for potentially dangerous new nuclear reactors. Words such as ‘flooding’, storm surges’, ‘other coastal processes’, ‘all predicted to get worse with climate change’, ‘madness’ could be woven into your comments, along with ‘the Blackwater is a Marine Conservation Zone’ and ‘potential harm to marine and human life’.
BANNG 22nd Aug 2018 read more »
More than 40,000 hours of investigative work has been completed at a planned power station site. EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Group have been carrying out work on the new Bradwell B site since December. The early investigation work has seen 20 boreholes drilled and more than 3,000 metres covered with samples taken. Work will now begin on analysing the samples, with fewer people needed on the ground. The soil samples will be taken to laboratories for testing and examination to be used in engineering analysis.
Maldon Standard 22nd Aug 2018 read more »