Planned Somerset nuclear plant on hold ? or not ?

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Why should London be the only place to worry about? We are well west of Chernobyl, that didn’t stop the fallout coming this way. In anycase, most of the country is north east of Hinckley Point, we’re all going to cop it.
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I was making the point about London because of the huge economic impact that would result from its contamination. Obviously the public health and economic effects on the rest of the country would be drastic but TPTB will take more notice of the economic impact on London than of anything else.
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woodburner wrote:Why should London be the only place to worry about? We are well west of Chernobyl, that didn’t stop the fallout coming this way. In anycase, most of the country is north east of Hinckley Point, we’re all going to cop it.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/n ... 22763.html

" Hinkley Point's distance from the Irish coastline will be the same as travelling between Dublin and Cork. Many Irish environmental NGOs, most notably An Taisce, have raised concerns over the implications the development could have on Ireland.

Dr. John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University who secured the public consultation, said it is "important" that Irish people have their say.

"It's one of the basic principals of international relations, good neighbours talk to each other about developments which may have serious implications for each other," Dr Sweeney told RTE's Morning Ireland.

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A report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI) estimated that in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident, the worst-case scenario for Ireland would amount to €161bn, subsequently devastating agriculture for years."
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"A Fukushima incident won't happen to us" is the government attitude. Never mind the fact that they're only planning for a one metre sea level rise by the end of the century!! They have taken the IPCC Report at its word and only planned for what they have predicted and not allowed anything for error. In view of the consequences of such an error this is criminal in my view.
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Industrial dispute underway at present by a significant minority of workers at Hinkley point. Argument over payment for "snow days"
Source---BBC TV news tonight.

Edit to add that the dispute is now over
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This has gone very quiet, Is this because it is all going splendidly, or because more delays are considered to be yesterdays news?

I observe that the "TWINNED WITH FUKUSHIMA" road sign has been removed again :)
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In related news, EDF are struggling with their reactor at Flamanville:
French energy giant EDF has confirmed its flagship nuclear power project in France will be further delayed by at least three years.

The company, which is building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK, said the launch of its nuclear reactor at Flamanville in Normandy has been pushed back due to problems with weldings.

The Flamanville reactor was initially due to be operational by 2012, showcasing a European Pressurised Reactor, but has had repeated setbacks over the years.
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Only a decade behind schedule at Flamanville - how long will Hinckley Point be delayed by?
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I was reading about the scale of the water inlet pipes, 7m in diameter sucking in ~130 cubic metres of water a second. Big numbers.
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This piece quotes a study that says that the average economic loss on every one of the 674 nuclear reactors ever built since 1951 is about 4.8 billion Euros per 100MW reactor. And that doesn't include decommissioning and long term waste storage!
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49823305

Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to run £2.9bn over budget

That's 10% - so far.

and 15 months late - so far.

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It's also being built to take account of only a 0.9m sea level rise by the end of the century so with ice loss accelerating and sea level rise with it who is going to foot the bill for the additional protection it will need? Any guesses other than the taxpayer/electricity bill payer?
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