Serious New Safety Issues For Areva’s Epr Design At Flamanville Suggest Yet More Delays For Hinkley Point C

NFLA Media release – for immediate release, 13‘” April 2015. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is today concerned to read further serious safety issues with the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) being built at the Flamanville site in France. It calls on the UK nuclear regulator and Areva-EDF to understand these design concerns in reference…

Sizewell Emergency Planning: A Botch-Up Too Far

In January we reported that the Head of the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) had publicly agreed in November 2014 with his European counterparts that emergency preparedness for nuclear accidents ought to be based upon a severe accident, however unlikely. All our emergency planning (EP) was based only upon a reasonably foreseeable accident, so…

Bad News From Japan

‘Japan has cleared the way for a resumption of nuclear power, four years after a huge earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns and explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011. Regulators said that Kyushu Electric Power’s two- reactor nuclear plant at Sendai in southwest Japan had cleared safety hurdles introduced after the Fukushima disaster.’ From…

Cracks Generate Sizewell Concern

This, Our Letter, Was Published By The East Anglian Daily Times On 20th March 2015 Your report ‘Cracks generate Sizewell concern’ (EADT 9th March) of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG) meeting 5th March by reporter David Green was, as usual, even handed. However, it is necessary that I should, as Chairman of the Shut Down…

New Law Bypasses Locals On Nuclear Dumps

Secretary of State given power to decide on sites. Change rushed through in the final hours of parliament. ‘Nuclear waste dumps could be imposed on communities without their support under a new law rushed through in the final hours of parliament. Under the latest rules, the long search for a place to store Britain’s stockpile…

Regulator Still Fails to Protect Public

Readers of News 195 (January 2015) will know of our concerns about the outdated measures in force to warn the public of, and protect them from, an emergency at Sizewell, and also that the Office for Nuclear Regulation had signed up in 2014 to new and far-reaching European provisions in the HERCA/WENRA approach to nuclear…

Hinkley Point Delay: 400 Jobs At Risk

‘Up to 400 workers at the site of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point face being laid off while the owners decide how much more to invest in the £16bn project. The French company EDF Energy has almost completed the preparatory earthworks, drainage, support facilities and roadworks on the multibillion-pound project in Somerset…