The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is highly alarmed with a new report to the Welsh Government that the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could kill 182 million fish a year. NFLA call on the Environment Agency to reject an application from EDF Energy which is seeking not to build an acoustic fish deterrent, and for which it has taken this issue to a public inquiry. NFLA notes the Hinkley Point C Stakeholder Reference Group has warned that the plant poses a threat to marine life in the Severn Estuary by sucking millions of fish into its cooling systems. EDF Energy has applied to the Environment Agency for permission to drop plans to include underwater speakers designed to deter fish from ending up in the system.
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This is what would happen if there was a nuclear incident at Hinkley Point C. Plans are in place in case for the surrounding area if an incident happens at the nuclear power plant. A new report has revealed the plans in place in case there is an emergency incident at Hinkley Point C. If there was a nuclear incident at the plant, the nearby population would be told to stop consuming vegetables, milk and water within 24 hours, according to the report. Hinkley Point C in Bridgwater will be the first new nuclear power station built in the UK in more than 20 years. The 230-acre plant is being constructed by the French energy company EDF and is expected to be operational for 60 years following its projected completion in 2023. This latest report, compiled by the Hinkley Point C Stakeholders reference group for the Welsh government, has raised concerns around the plant’s impact on fish species and water temperatures in the Severn estuary. The report has identified a detailed emergency planning zone (DEPZ), which covers the area that would be affected by a potential nuclear incident.
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