The Campaign recently wrote to the ‘East Anglian Daily Times’ (EADT) concerning the ofﬁcial opening of the £200m dry fuel storage facility at Sizewell B.
This new development is in part because the current ponds at Sizewell B are at near capacity and in part because there are no Geological Disposal Facilities (GDF) anywhere in the country that will take this dangerous nuclear waste. Consequently, Sizewell B has had no choice other than to create what is, to all intents and purposes, a GDF on its own site.
Despite the Station Director Paul Morton proudly announcing that this technology is tried and tested and satisfies the UK’s nuclear safety requirements, the reality is that Sizewell is becoming a nuclear dump for its own waste because it is too dangerous for anyone else to be willing to accommodate it.
At the recent Nuclear Security Summit, world leaders emphasised the importance of safeguarding nuclear materials sought by terrorists. Indeed President Obama concluded the conference saying “There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent people as possible. Al-Qaida has sought nuclear materials, IS has deployed chemical weapons and extremists linked to the Brussels and Paris attacks were found to have spied on a top Belgian nuclear ofﬁcial.”
High level wastes are intensely radioactive and heat generating and require heavy shielding and cooling. Fifty years of nuclear power generation and weapons manufacture has resulted in a disposal problem for which there is no safe and stable solution. The reality is that nuclear is not safe and storing such materials on-site at Sizewell is not a cause for celebration but a cause for real concern as it certainly raises the risks of the Sizewell site becoming a terrorist target.
Regrettably although the EADT published the letter, it was not in a place of prominence and received only muted coverage. The Campaign will continue to highlight the very real concerns about nuclear safety and the high risks of storing nuclear waste at Sizewell B.