Letter to CGN and EDF Energy in response to their Community Newsletter dated August 2018. The Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries were designated as a Marine Conservation Zone in 2013. As part of the designation native oysters have been legally protected indeed there is the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative to further the aims of the MCZ designation. The MCZ designation is a major change in the site status since Bradwell was selected in 2011 as a potential site for power generation by the Government. Despite the new MCZ status CGN and EDF Energy still confirm their belief that Bradwell is a good site for nuclear development. If you take into account this and all the other environmental protections that run along the proposed site you would have thought it would be the last place to build a nuclear power station! However, commercial business can configure its own logic. CGN and EDF Energy seem oblivious of environmental protections and are focused on the nuclear generic design and build hoping that the Government will override public opinion and give planning permission anyway. We are told on their website that to build the power station they will have to use the estuary to bring in site materials which will mean long term major shipping movements and undoubtedly the construction of a dock from which to offload. With shipping movements in a very shallow estuary it is reasonable to suggest there will be disturbance of the sedimentary mud layers at the bottom of the river which hold unknown levels of pollutants including radionuclides such as those deposited recently by Magnox. Any such disturbance would create a movement of silt containing pollutants that will ebb and flow round the estuary washing up on beaches, smothering the oyster beds as well as damaging our fishing industry, not forgetting salt production at Maldon. Of course, if they do eventually build a power station the water-cooling requirements for a new reactor will produce heated water which will raise the estuary temperature and our protected oysters are vulnerable to extinction from relatively small temperature change. So, excuse me for not getting excited over the benefits of nuclear as promoted in the Community Newsletter.
Mersea Island Environmental Alliance 3rd September 2018 read more »
BANNG response to UK HPR1000 GDA Stage Two. There are understandable concerns among the public about the Chinese involvement in developing a UK HPR1000. These concerns are both commercial and political. It is important that reasons of commercial confidentiality and economic development do not compromise the ability of the UK’s regulators effectively to scrutinise all aspects of the safety systems. At a more strategic level there are concerns about the involvement of the Chinese state (in the form of CGN) in highly sensitive UK infrastructure. It is axiomatic that control over security must be exercised by the UK and that the Chinese state will not be able to interfere with the operation of nuclear power stations in UK territory. Reassurance on these sensitive matters will be a necessary condition for public acceptability of the development of Chinese reactors in the UK.
BANNG 1st Sept 2018 read more »