CAMPAIGNERS from Stop Hinkley demonstrated outside Hinkley C last week ask why a report into a silo collapse at the plant has not been filed six months after the incident. On June 10 the silo, which contained ground-granulated blast furnace slag, partially collapsed creating a huge dust cloud at the nuclear power plant but luckily no one was injured. An investigation was launched into the incident by EDF and a report was due to be submitted this year. But so far no report has been sent to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). In protest, six members of Stop Hinkley held up placards outside the power station on Thursday (December 10) to ask EDF why no report about the incident has been submitted. Roy Pumfrey, a campaigner for Stop Hinkley, said: “When is a serious industrial accident not worthy of a formal investigation by an independent body? “Apparently, when a large silo collapses at Hinkley Point C depositing hundreds of tonnes of ground slag with such force that local residents think the noise is an explosion, it doesn’t qualify. “The regulator for the HPC build appears content with the length of time EDF is taking to come up with a report of what they think happened. “Obviously, it takes time to find all the bits of metal that the silo disintegrated into, analyse them for faults and come up with a hypothesis for what happened. “This incident matters to people living in the vicinity of HPC because accidents happen on nuclear sites.
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