Letter: IN last week’s Letters, Mary Ann Mumford stated that Bradwell B offers us huge opportunities. Yes – huge opportunities to leave enormous problems for future generations. She says that we are better at handling waste now. That is rubbish. Spent fuel from new reactors will be much more radioactive than existing waste. It will require a much longer cooling period, between 60 and 140 years, before it can start to be stored if the huge space can be found. Experts say that we have no idea how to estimate, let alone manage, the spent fuel and other dangerous wastes that will arise from Bradwell B. We do know that the site is liable to flood and will be exposed to sea level rise, coastal erosion and storm surges due to climate change. Nuclear power is ludicrously expensive and we are now relying on foreign governments, namely the Chinese with all the security risks that brings. The danger of accidents and terrorist incidents is high. If we put more money into renewables, we don’t need this outdated and dangerous source of energy.
Braintree & Witham Times 3rd March 2020 read more »
I THOROUGHLY endorse the letter last week hoping for more cycle paths across the Dengie, but fear your correspondent has swallowed whole the professional myth-making publicity from the Chinese-led Bradwell B conglomerate. Waste disposal is still hardly clever – Bradwell A has become a regional depository for radioactive waste on a low-lying site at risk from flooding, with no national depository yet, despite previous promises. Nuclear energy is very far from being clean, holistically speaking. Nuclear is not a flexible way of providing electricity, and will prevent more efficient use of British-led renewable energy by the time it is built. You don’t have to destroy the environment in this particular way to become carbon neutral. Like all of us, she has not yet been given true information on the scale of the project. The acreage of land swallowed in concrete, the hundreds of thousands of truckloads on our narrow roads creating dust and disturbance etc. In Maldon we’re currently experiencing the far lesser inconvenience on the roads from the housing development surrounding the town, which is nothing compared to what Bradwell B will produce all the way from the A12 to the tip of the Dengie. The two massive pipes (think Tube tunnel size) for the necessary chemically treated cooling outflow will also damage and heat the estuary water or the protected waters beyond. This is a massive project favouring big business interests and not the community, however well the Bradwell B cause is presented.
Maldon Standard 4th March 2020 read more »