Wylfa Power Station: Is nuclear the future for Anglesey?
The question has to be asked, are we willing to risk the future of our Island? Whilst many might argue the risks of a large Earthquake or a tsunami affecting Anglesey are very low, accidents can and do happen.
The current crisis in Fukushima, Japan has been caused by the failure of the power supply to the reactor cooling pumps.
The same failure could happen at Wylfa Power Station at Cemaes
. Even those who argue the risks from radiation are negligable cannot deny that in the event of an incident at Wylfa, the effects of any release of radiation from the site would have a catastrophic effect on the Island's economy.
What would a 30 mile exclusion zone do to our Island? A whole population displaced, our farming community destroyed, our tourist industry anilahted and a major transportation hub, the port of Holyhead, closed down.
We have clean energy alternatives. so why not develop them? The potential for wind and tidal power of our Island
It is a disgrace that the Plaid leader does not follow the views of his own Party on Nuclear energy and our Labour MP's views differ to those of the Welsh Labour party.
And why? Some foolish notation that a new power station at Wylfa means jobs. We can already see that this is not the case, a token effort has been made at some pretence of training courses for local
people. Scratch beneath the surface and you will find the truth.
A news article today revealed that the Ukraine has issued an international plea for millions of pounds of funding to help rebuild the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor amid warnings that the decrepit state of the current one could cause it to collapse and release a cloud of radioactive dust.
Pripyat was once home to 50,000 people, but since the incident in 1986 at Chernobyl it has remained abandoned. That could be the future of Anglesey in years to come. Thanks for your contribution TommyM. Clearly, the events in Japan are dreadful and I am sure we all hope the Japanese authorities can stabilise the incident at Fukushima as soon as possible.
We should, however, step back and reflect before making connections between Chernobyl and Fukushkima, and in turn suggest a similar eventuality occuring at Wylfa on Anglesey.
There are numerous differences between the incident in Ukraine and the current situation in Japan.
There would be huge benefits for the local economy arising from the construction of Wylfa B nuclear plant on the island by Horizon, the E.ON and RWE Npower joint venture.
We now need to wait for the outcome of the review being undertaken by Dr Mike Weightman, the Chief UK Nuclear Inspector, before jumping to any sudden conclusions.
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