The nuclear reactors at Dungeness Power Station shut down due to fears over safety two years ago this month. As of August 2020, the reactor at Station B is scheduled to be turned back on in December and will continue to operate before the site is completely closed down in 2028. By the time they’re up and running, they will generate up to 615 megawatts of power each – enough to power 8.2 million standard light bulbs. Given the level of strict, stringent health and safety measures in place, a nuclear disaster at Dungeness is extremely unlikely. While Sussex is not home to a nuclear power station, a disaster equivalent to the 1986 Chernobyl explosion at Dungeness Nuclear Power station on the Sussex Border would see large areas of Sussex relocated due to radiation levels, according to the map. The online tool has been produced for the No2NuclearPower.org website using a CIA handbook from 1996 that illustrates the fallout from an equivalent disaster. The red sections of the map represent the most severely affected areas – the lighter the colour, the less the impact but any place within the three darkest coloured parts of the map would be uninhabitable. Even areas hundreds of miles away, including in France and mainland Europe, would be affected by a nuclear disaster in the UK.
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