Stop Hinkley Comment on Paris Court Ruling on Hinkley Point C Risks

17 September 2018

A court in Paris last Wednesday ordered French utility EDF to release a risk analysis report to the group’s works council (CEE) concerning its Hinkley Point C nuclear project. The appeals court in Paris said the firm must communicate the report within a month and must consult the CEE regarding the project within two months.

In 2016, EDF refused to release all documents required by the council for it to be able to issue its advice on the project, triggering CEE’s legal action. The CEE say EDF failure to give elected representatives of the staff objective, precise and complete information on the technical and financial issues raised by the Hinkley project meant they had not been able "to give a reasoned opinion on this project".

Commenting on the news, Steve Thomas Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy at Greenwich University and author of ‘Time to Cancel Hinkley?’ said: “Some senior EDF management and some EDF trade unions have long been concerned about EDF’s participation in the Hinkley Point C project. The 3-year old report the EDF Central Works Council (CCE) has won access to will show that EDF is well aware of these risks. The continuing delays and cost overruns (more than 3 times over budget and 8 years late) at Hinkley’s reference plant, Flamanville, significantly worse than when the report was written, illustrate graphically the scale of the risk. The Works Council see Hinkley as a financially risky project that will divert EDF’s scarce finances away from the strategically more important task of upgrading and life-extending EDF’s fleet of 58 reactors, many of which are at or near the end of the 40-year design life.”

Stop Hinkley spokesperson, Roy Pumfrey, says: “Even the long standing nuclear advocate, former International Energy Agency boss, Nobuaki Tanaka, says nuclear power can’t compete with renewables. He says it’s ‘ridiculously expensive’ and ‘utterly uncompetitive’ Electricity consumers would almost certainly still be able to make savings if the project were halted now and the south-west were given the chance to develop sustainable energy industries. Full construction start is still a year or more away so not too late to stop it.”

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The analysis of sediment samples taken by Stop Hinkley with the Environment Agency from the River Parrett estuary:
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What are the Coastal Nuclear Power Plants Doing to Address Climate Change?

Article written by John Vidal, ex environment journalist for the Guardian newspaper, after a discussion about Stop Hinkley's concerns in the press release [see below] and our letter to the ONR.

The article starts by referring to the sea wall at Hinkley C, and continues looking at the world situation and problems for coastal nuclear sites as new climate change research predicts much quicker sea level rises than previously thought.

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Stop Hinkley expresses concern about sea-level rises at nuclear site

30 July 2018

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to the Office for Nuclear Regulation to express concern about recent reports that we could be heading for a sea-level rise of as much as 6 metres during the lifetime of the Hinkley Point C site.

Some researchers say sea levels could rise by six metres or more even if the 2 degree target of the Paris accord is met. Sustained warming of one to two degrees in the past has been accompanied by substantial reductions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and sea level rises of at least six metres – several metres higher than what current climate models predict could occur by 2100.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Hinkley Point C is expected to have a 60 year life, which will take us to almost 2090. After the last load of highly radioactive spent fuel is removed from the reactor it will need to be cooled for at least another 60 years. That means the site needs to be kept safe from flooding and storm surges until at least 2150”.

He continued: “While the prospect of dip in the sea might be appealing during this heatwave, having the sea encroach into coastal nuclear plant would be a disaster? When there is so much uncertainty about sea-levels and storm surges over the next 125 years do we really want to be building new nuclear facilities and highly radioactive waste stores on the coast?”

Briefing on Hinkley Point C and Sea Level Rise

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