PROPOSALS to downgrade public safety precautions at Hunterston B have sparked anger. Alan Hill, Councillor for North Coast and Cumbraes, has expressed his concern after we revealed a plan to reduce the public safety zone around the ageing power station. Owner EDF Energy has proposed reducing the emergency planning zone around the facility from a 2.4km radius to just 1km – meaning tablets give to combat a radiation leak would go to fewer households. Councillor Hill says the move presents an increased risk to public safety. He added: “The proposed zone barely extends beyond the perimeter of the power station. “It is hard to escape the conclusion that EDF has taken this transfer of responsibility to try to achieve a reduction of their responsibilities with a corresponding increase to the risk to public health and safety. “Are they suggesting that with all of the issues to do with cracking and crumbling of the blocks within the reactor that it is in fact now safer than it was before? “The submission smacks of a degree of complacency which very few residents will share.
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