A meeting between representatives of groups opposing new nuclear development, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) the independent nuclear safety regulator, and the Environment Agency discussed how the ONR regulates against external hazards. However, fears about the impact of sea level rise on proposed new nuclear power stations at Hinkley in Somerset, Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex remain. The meeting was organised by the ONR in response to questions and a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the Stop Hinkley Campaign to the ONR in September 2018. According to minutes of meetings held by ONR’s group of climate change experts, projections of sea level rise for the year 2100 contain “considerable uncertainty” and ” small changes to UK storm systems can alter the height of storm surges significantly”. Crucially, sea level has a huge effect on the severity of storm surges. An increase in sea level of one metre could mean that a storm of a severity currently expected only once every thousand years is likely to occur once every decade. The meeting took place in Bridgwater on 28th January 2020. Stop Hinkley was joined by Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) and Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG). The groups are questioning the viability of the three coastal sites which are all vulnerable to the impacts of flooding, storm surges and coastal processes which will inevitably intensify in coming years.
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