No more nuclear nonsense
(Llangoed, Ynys Môn)
1) Jobs: northern Anglesey is one of the poorest parts of Wales after relying on Wylfa for nearly 4 decades, so nuclear is not the answer.
The island needs economic diversification for successful job creation, not dependence on a single employer. Decommissioning will employ a very large workforce for a good few years to come.
That will allow time for other industries to be encouraged to invest and become established. These need not necessarily be power based, but the island would make an ideal base for the research, engineering and development of renewables.
2) The safety record and efficiency of the UK nuclear industry is poor. Its incompetence has been demonstrated in recent years at Sellafield (eg the THORP accident and the abysmal failure of the MOX plant).
Who says so?
The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate. Anglesey cannot be adequately evacuated in the event of a major accident, having only two already congested bridges to the mainland.
3) A recent report commissioned by the German government from Mainz university shows that children under 5 living within 5km of a nuclear plant show double the risk of getting leukaemia.
Farmers on the island are all too aware that there are still restrictions on sheep grazing in north Wales over 20 years after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine.
4) Nuclear generation is insanely expensive. The NDA can't even afford the current decommissioning costs, and even the Commons Public Accounts Committee will not give credence to the goverment's current decommissioning estimate of £73 billion.
The government say the costs will be met solely by the operating companies, but that cannot be done. Look for hidden public subsidies, small print, U-turns, or rising costs for the consumer.
5) There is still no adequate solution for the storage of radioactive waste for tens of thousands of years.
This deadly legacy is not one we should be passing on the future generations. Independent nuclear expert Dr John Large describes the government's policy on waste as a shambles.
6) Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming and is not carbon neutral.
The nuclear cycle as a whole – mining, transportation, construction and decommissioning produces considerable greenhouse gases.
7) The proliferation of nuclear materials around the world is a major security risk and the power plants themselves are vulnerable to terrorist attack.
8) Uranium mining poses severe health threats to mining communities overseas.
9) Nuclear power does not provide a reliable supply: Wylfa's existing reactors have experienced long shut-downs in recent years. And uranium too is a finite resource.
10) For those who say the new generation of nukes are all-singing all-dancing improvements on the old ones, just take a look at the Olkiluoto 3 plant under construction in Finland.
Already 2 years behind schedule, spiralling costs, technical problems and already a failure to meet Finland's CO2 reduction targets, its original raison d'être.
11) The government intends to bypass local democracy with new centralised planning laws. Local people will not be able to oppose anything serious, other than the colour of the toilet doors.
So PLEASE let's not get involved in this nuclear nightmare: there are other solutions, better jobs, positive alternatives.Let's go for them, and be very wary of the pro-nuclear lobby. NO WYLFA B!
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