Say no to Wylfa nuclear
by Wylfa Walker
The tourism industry on Anglesey can generate more income if there is not a new power station. Not only does a power station create tremendous chaos during construction.
It masks the other devastation of the countryside by additional transmission pylons and road infrastructure that will dwarf the windfarms.
These also ride on the back of the Celtic Array cluster between Anglesey and the Isle of Man.
With wind farms I do not need to be issued with potassium iodine tablets 'just in case' there is an accident.
Neither does any accident of a turbine require mass evacuation of half the island away from harmful radiation.Note: Thanks Wylfa Walker for your contribution. National Grid plc is currently carrying out a consultation on the proposed new infrastructure required as part of the upgrade of the UK's power transmission system.
On Anglesey it seems the option is to have the new pylons running over land or alternatively the more expensive way, by undersea cable to the mainland.
If people are concerned about the extra costs being added to their energy bills, the undersea route would be mean a further cost.
According to recent reports in the media, Ofgem estimates the upgrades beinbg carried out by National Grid, SSE and SP Power will add on average about £12 per annum to bills.
As to the choice between wind and nuclear, I think you'll find the majority of people on Anglesey are favourable to Wylfa B, which Hitachi will now drive forward, after their purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power for £700 million, as it will transform the island's economy.
It will also provide a real boost to the rest of North Wales as it offers jobs as well as opportunities for the engineering supply chain.
The Celtic Array (Centrica and Dong Energy)which will consist of the Rhiannon Wind Farm in the North Irish Sea in a zone between north Anglesey and the Isle of Man is also good news for Anglesey.
This will offer further engineering job opps for local people who will have gained relevant skills at the Fabrication Centre, part of Coleg Menai in Llangefni.
As for the iodine, I think this is a worry too far. New technology incorporating the element beryllium now means fuel rods would not melt down in the highly unlikely event of a reactor incident at Wylfa or any other plant to be built in the near future.
I hope this helps.