Roy Pumfrey: 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 sound is an explosion, it doesn’t qualify.
Sedgemoor Apple (accessed) 4th Jan 2021 read more »
On Christmas Eve last year I received a detailed response to a Freedom of Information request I had made to the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation [ONR] (I am a member of the chief nuclear inspector’s independent advisory panel) on the 415 unresolved nuclear safety issues outstanding for the nuclear licence for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant the north Somerset coast, 18 miles from the Welsh capital city, Cardiff, across the Bristol channel. It contains an alarming number of extremely important unresolved matters. Should this £25 billion plant really have been given the regulatory green light with so many safety issues unfinished? It is nonetheless reassuring that the ONR has been so thorough in flagging up key matters that need safety resolution.
David Lowry’s Blog 4th Jan 2021 read more »
The delivery director of Hinkley Point C has said “extensive” measures to prevent coronavirus infection are proving “effective” as workers return to the site after a Christmas break. In November, it was announced visitors to the site were being tested for coronavirus from their cars in a bid to prevent anyone with the disease from accessing the site. The move comes in response to concerns about people from areas with high infection rates travelling to the nuclear power station development near Bridgwater.
Somerset Live 4th Jan 2021 read more »