David Lowry says there is a need for total transparency about the proposed small modular reactors (SMRs) proposed by a consortium led by Rolls-Royce. “SMRs provide unique targets for terrorists to disrupt power supplies and destabilise the local community. “Why so? Because the sales people for SMRs like to show images of sleek shiny plants with no or virtually no site protection against malevolent ‘bad guys’. “Anyone with a shoulder-held grenade launcher could fire a devastating high-energy deep-penetrator projectile into the heart of the reactor from just yards away. Astonishing, but true.” Dr Lowry said it was important that communities close to the proposed sites, and those who represent them, asked detailed and tough questions of the consortium. “As a result of a change in the planning process a few years ago, there is no longer the requirement for a full public inquiry. “But that should not stop local communities and their representatives demanding full explanations about how the plants will be made wholly secure. “A five- or six-feet-high wire fence is simply not good enough.” A spokesman for the Rolls-Royce led consortium, said: “Our power station will incorporate protective measures against all of the current and future potential security risks laid out by the UK’s authorities. “These measures will then have to be evaluated and approved by the UK nuclear regulator, on behalf of the public, for our consortium to be allowed to proceed to construction.
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