A WATCHDOG’S vital scrutiny meeting scheduled to take placed before troubled reactors are switched back on at Hunterston Power Station has been cancelled – because of the general election. The Hunterston Site Stakeholders Group had been due to meet on December 5 where they would have quizzed EDF on the decision to reactivate two reactors blighted by safety concerns. It was revealed this week that reactor four is due to go back online fully from February 15 and reactor three on January 15. At the quarterly meetings, held in public, councillors and local community council groups can question nuclear chiefs about the power plant and its operation. Councillor Ian Murdoch believes that it is imperative that a scrutiny meeting takes place before the reactors are switched back on after cracks were found in their graphite cores. The acceptable threshold of cracks has been extended from 350 to 700 by regulators ONR, who recently gave permission for Hunterston reactor 4 to be brought back online for a four month spell.
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