EDF nuclear delays: In response to the news that EDF are facing new delays at their nuclear plants in Finland and France Kate Blagojevic, Greenpeace Head of energy and climate said: “Greg Clark must have his head in his hands as he reads about the latest costly delays in EDF’s nuclear power stations in France and Finland. These plants have been faced with a catalogue of safety problems which do not bode well for their sister power station in Somerset, Hinkley point C. There is no reason to assume that Hinkely will not face similar issues. In fact, it is more proof for the government that an energy policy that relies on expensive, risky nuclear energy is a plan that has no basis in economic or environmental logic. It will saddle future generations with hazardous waste and a huge bill that looks gargantuan in comparison to the cheaper, safer and easier to build renewable energy.”
Greenpeace 4th Oct 2018 read more »
The company building the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant has been accused of mismanaging faults in a similar plant under construction in France. EDF has been rebuked by French safety regulators for failings in the construction of a prototype reactor in Normandy. The Autorite de Surete Nucleaire (ASN) has now demanded EDF carries out a thorough analysis of welds in a critical part of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor.
New Civil Engineer 5th Oct 2018 read more »
A special meeting of Barry Town Council will be held on Thursday, October 4 (6pm) to debate mud from Hinkley Point nuclear power station being dumped off the Vale coastline. Plaid Cymru councillors for Barry Island, Cllr Nic Hodges and Cllr Steffan Wiliam, called the special meeting after safety concerns were raised that the mud had not been appropriately tested. The Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales say the mud is safe, and the disposal operation began on September 10. Campaigners say there needs to be more testing.
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Last night should have seen a debate in Penarth Town Council on the vexed issue of 320,000 tonnes of Hinkley Point ‘nuclear mud’ being dumped just a mile off the sea front of Penarth …but, surprise, surprise … it didn’t happen. The Labour Party machine has already gagged all other politicians from voicing any concerns about the massive mud dumping operation off the coast of Penarth [an operation now revealed as being technically illegal] and last night the Labour silenced the sole dissenting voice on Penarth Town Council – Deputy Mayor Cllr Angela Thomas (Labour Plymouth Ward). Back on September 19th Cllr Thomas – who is due to become Mayor of Penarth next year – had unexpectedly given advance notice that she would be moving a motion at the next full council meeting (i.e. last night’s meeting) demanding reassurances fromo natural Resources Wales about the safety of the mud and demanding monitoring of sea-water quality at Penarth.
Penarth News 4th Oct 2018 read more »
Doing what the Labour-run Penarth Town Council had wimped-out of doing – Barry Town Council last night voted to put pressure on the Welsh Labour Government over the controversial dumping off Penarth of ‘nuclear mud’ from the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex in Somerset. Barry Town Council last night voted unanimously to call on the Welsh Labour Government to conduct further testing of dredged mud from the coastline adjacent to the Hinkley Point nuclear power complex. Barry Town Council’s vote is in stark contrast to the pusillanimous Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council. On Wednesday night Penarth Town Council had abruptly pulled the plug on a debate – and a vote – which IT was due hold on the mud-dumping off Penarth.
Penarth News 5th Oct 2018 read more »
Ocean Radioactivity Transfer to Land, Food, People: UK Marine Pollution Expert Tim Deere-Jones.
Nuclear Hotseat 3rd Oct 2018 read more »