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Councils voice 'concerns' at nuclear power plant plans

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 07, 2012

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Councils have penned a damning report on the local impact of building the country's first nuclear power station for 20 years in the West Country.

The three local authorities affected by plans to construct the Hinkley Point C twin reactor in Somerset said efforts by French company EDF Energy to protect the surrounding communities have been "insufficient".

The criticism comes after serious doubts were raised over the project when British company and joint partner Centrica threatened to pull out of the deal amid concerns over the Government's energy policy.

Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council submitted a joint Local Impact Report to the Planning Inspectorate as the consultation process closed last week.

The three authorities support the project in principle and have worked with EDF to develop the plans but claim their advice has not been sufficiently integrated into the final application, particularly the impact on transport, local businesses and housing.

David Hall, Somerset County Council spokesman for economic development, said he welcomed the economic opportunities the scheme could bring to Somerset.

However, he added: "We still have some significant concerns in particular relating to the proposed transport mitigation and we are working hard to make sure these are resolved fairly and appropriately."

Enthusiasm for plans to usher in a new generation of nuclear plants has cooled since last year's Fukushima disaster, triggered by the tsunami in Japan.

Last month plans for the Wylfa B reactor on Anglesey, in Wales, were shelved by Horizon, a partnership of two German companies.

The coalition supports the new nuclear facilities but a concession secured from the Conservatives by the anti-nuclear Liberal Democrats means this must be done without any government help.

Investors say the Government needs to make clear what returns the companies investing huge sums in the technology can expect.

Of the ten planned, Hinkley Point C is the most advanced, winning planning permission to carry out site preparation works, last July.

A planning application was submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission last October and a decision is expected to be announced later this year.

Outgoing Conservative leader of Somerset County Council, Ken Maddock, who is chairman of the New Nuclear Local Authorities Group , said all eyes were now on Hinkley, which would form "a template" for the entire programme.

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  • CaptD  |  May 12 2012, 2:28PM

    More here: The long economic shadow of the Fukushima disaster http://tinyurl.com/8xz7ltj

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  • CaptD  |  May 10 2012, 2:43AM

    Be sure to follow the Money" From Deep Throat in the movie, All The President's Men! Ask all your decision makers what relationship they now have with the Utility that is pushing Nuclear... Here is what is happening now in Southern California (USA): More down and dirty on SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency)... While SCE PR tried to downplay the # of tubes which went way up from just a "few", to many thousands, the Sempra Chairman sold a Million dollars of stock... At the same time many have been saying that SORE would restart very soon... N☢T Sempra Chief Exec Dumps Almost $1 Million of Stock http://tinyurl.com/cvjorz3 As I mentioned in the above comments, I believe that the Sempra Board Members and many other INSIDERS knew they were going to take a hit and dumped stock while at the same time, their PR folks tried to put a happy face on it... http://tinyurl.com/bqsqvue

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  • CaptD  |  May 08 2012, 5:23PM

    Sorry to all, ... My formatting seems to be getting goofed up ... And there is neither a Preview or Edit button, ... To make it RIGHT...

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  • CaptD  |  May 08 2012, 5:20PM

    Nuclear Odds of a "**** Out"… From Max1 and me… ... Pick one or more: 
~ Tornado strike? ~ Earthquake? ~ Human error? ~ Tsunami? ~ Power outage? ~ Pipe break? ~ Test gone wrong? ~ Old fuel issues? ~ Terrorist attack? ~ Hurricane? ~ Plane crash? ~ Heavy rains/River floods? ~ Metal Fatigue ~ Nuclear Ransom ~ Solar Flair ~ EMP ~ Lightning ~ Dam Failure ~ Fire ~ Operator suicide...
... Listing just a few possibilities how NPP's can "**** out".

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  • CaptD  |  May 08 2012, 4:39PM

    @roypum A BRILLIANT comment, especially for me being a Yank! Tonnes of juicy discussion on Nuclear and especially how the Fukushima triple meltdown and the global radioactive from it continue to threaten life as we know it here: http://tinyurl.com/cpyzefh The UK, like the USA needs to get informed about the RISK of nuclear meltdowns before they also have a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster to pay for and the resulting radioactive pollution to deal with... Ask The Japanese!

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  • roypum  |  May 08 2012, 12:37PM

    It doesn't matter whether the Councils 'voice concerns' or not. What will determine whether HPC is built not is the new French President's stance on new nuclear build. Francois Hollande can as easily sack all the current EdeF head honchos, bring in some new anti-nuclear ones and save £14 billion euros to spend on other power generating schemes in France as carry on with HPC. Interesting to see where Ken Maddock's sympathies will have been all the time he was Leader of SCC. Otherwise, CaptD - you're a star!

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  • CaptD  |  May 08 2012, 12:00AM

    Nuclear Power is doomed to cost more and be RISKIER than Solar (of all flavors) since the cost of Solar (of all flavors) is dropping monthly while the cost of Nuclear continues to spiral upward with N☢ END IN SIGHT... Unless you stand to gain from a Nuclear Payback* it just does not make sense! * http://tinyurl.com/82936y9 Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other "costs" are for others.

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  • CaptD  |  May 07 2012, 7:52PM

    BE Careful Somerset Many Nuclear reactor projects will become obsolete before they are ever completed! Solar (of all flavors) prices are falling monthly while Nuclear is spiraling upward! 1. Nuclear reactors can Meltdown. 2. Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, anyplace anytime! 3. Solar (of all flavors) vs Nuclear Benefits: ✔ Less costly to build ✔ ZERO RISK OF A MELTDOWN ✔ No Trillion Dollar Eco-Disasters ✔ Faster to construct ✔ CLEAN from start to finish. ✔ No radiation worries or leaks ✔ No foreign dependency ✔ Prices are dropping yearly ✔ Creates large number of green jobs ✔ No nuclear cleanup expenses 4. Nuclear reactors leak radioactivity 5. Nuclear reactors are VERY expensive to de-commission 6. Nuclear Fallout can spread quickly and last "forever" 7. THE cannot afford a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster 8. Nuclear waste storage is an BIG Expensive problem 9. The UK has the land mass to go Solar (of all flavors) in a big way.

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  • CaptD  |  May 07 2012, 7:52PM

    BE Careful Somerset Many Nuclear reactor projects will become obsolete before they are ever completed! Solar (of all flavors) prices are falling monthly while Nuclear is spiraling upward! 1. Nuclear reactors can Meltdown. 2. Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, anyplace anytime! 3. Solar (of all flavors) vs Nuclear Benefits: ✔ Less costly to build ✔ ZERO RISK OF A MELTDOWN ✔ No Trillion Dollar Eco-Disasters ✔ Faster to construct ✔ CLEAN from start to finish. ✔ No radiation worries or leaks ✔ No foreign dependency ✔ Prices are dropping yearly ✔ Creates large number of green jobs ✔ No nuclear cleanup expenses 4. Nuclear reactors leak radioactivity 5. Nuclear reactors are VERY expensive to de-commission 6. Nuclear Fallout can spread quickly and last "forever" 7. THE cannot afford a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster 8. Nuclear waste storage is an BIG Expensive problem 9. The UK has the land mass to go Solar (of all flavors) in a big way.

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