Friday, December 27, 2013

10 Fukushima Lessons Have yet to Bear on Hinkley Point C Nuclear Contract between UK Government and EDF

The "strike price" for the proposed new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in the United Kingdom can only go up when these 10 Fukushima lessons are applied to the contract:

1  Don't place nuclear reactors next to one another
2  Don‘t leave spent nuclear fuel near reactors
3  You need (at least) 2 separate access routes
4  You need back-up control-rooms in distant bunkers
5  You need more on-site and off-site back-up power
6  You need better evacuation plan for larger area
7  You need sensors, cameras that work post-accident
8  You need staff willing 2 die 4 families, neighbors
9  You need (massive) reserves to pay compensation
10 You need an honest assessment of costs and risks

Andy Hall, First deputy chief inspector, UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), is deluding himself (and others) with this view:

On 7 March 2014, the Franco-German TV station Arte aired a stunning documentary on the Fukushima disaster.  You can watch it in French or German:


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