Protests mount in Scotland after authorities give go ahead to restart dangerous nuclear power generator. The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Friends of the Earth and UN House Scotland, which campaigns for the implementation of United Nations policies, have called for the permanent closure of the reactors. There was a “near-catastrophic event” at Hunterston B in 1998, when storm spray from the Firth of Clyde shorted out all power lines at the station, Scottish CND said. “Safety is judged by the ONR, who claim that safety is their sole priority,” the campaign group explained. “Calculations of safety are based on complex models and multiple estimates of risk. The history of accidents within the industry demonstrates that such calculations cannot anticipate all possible chains of events.
Morning Star 25th Sept 2020 read more »
United Kingdom regulators have approved the restart of a Scottish nuclear power plant temporarily. The Office of Nuclear Regulation approved the restart after a two-year inspection and investment program by Hunterston B owners EDF Energy and independent inspectors. The two reactors were shut down in 2018 for graphite inspections. Despite the restarts, EDF plans to retire the 44-year-old Hunterston B by 2022. “I welcome the ONR’s decision to approve the restart of Hunterston B power station’s other reactor,” station director Paul Forrest said in a statement. “Having both reactors back online will mean that Hunterston B can continue the important job of making low carbon electricity and help reduce reliance on gas-powered generation until the site moves into defuelling by January 2022.”
Power Engineering 24th Sept 2020 read more »