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Alert For The Uk. Edf Are Planning To Build A New Nuclear Power Station At Hinkley Point In Somerset

lonewolf

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sorry Keith you'r a bit late with this one.
the building at Hinckley Point has been going on for some time, just groundworks at the moment, the power plant wont be up and running and online until about 2026.
 

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I was hoping because of Brexit this might have been delayed, postponed or even shelved, but no such luck, it seems business is business.
 

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sorry Keith you'r a bit late with this one.
the building at Hinckley Point has been going on for some time, just groundworks at the moment, the power plant wont be up and running and online until about 2026.
EDF are the company behind plans to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The plans to build this new power station are already a disaster, it’s nine years behind schedule and, when it’s built, will be the most expensive object on earth.

Now, EDF are planning to dredge up mud contaminated by the previous Hinkley power stations to make way for the new power station, but this mud may be dangerously radioactive. [1]

EDF are planning on dumping this mud in the Severn Estuary, just one mile away from Cardiff. Independent marine pollution consultant Tim Deere-Jones, who specialises in marine radioactivity, claimed sampling of the mud to check for potentially harmful contaminants had been "inadequate". [2]

Can you quickly sign a petition to get EDF to stop plans to dump this mud until we know whether it's safe to dredge or not?
 

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I have very mixed views about Hinkley Point. In an ideal world I would prefer we did not have nuclear power. There are strong arguments that once built they are far cleaner than coal/gas power stations. The arguments against are the huge amount of energy expended during the building of them and, of course, the perennial issue of nuclear waste (and by association links to the nuclear weapons industry). However, and here's the catch, I am typing this on my laptop plugged into the mains, and anyone reading this is likely to be plugged into the mains at some point (top marks for anyone using off grid electricity - I use in excess of 50% solar but I would rather it was more).

I am going to look into the issue of the mud and it is starting to pop up in petitions and the like so is gaining a fairly high profile.

The real problem is the gadget hungry nature of humans on the 21st century.
 

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I have very mixed views about Hinkley Point. In an ideal world I would prefer we did not have nuclear power. There are strong arguments that once built they are far cleaner than coal/gas power stations. The arguments against are the huge amount of energy expended during the building of them and, of course, the perennial issue of nuclear waste (and by association links to the nuclear weapons industry). However, and here's the catch, I am typing this on my laptop plugged into the mains, and anyone reading this is likely to be plugged into the mains at some point (top marks for anyone using off grid electricity - I use in excess of 50% solar but I would rather it was more).

I am going to look into the issue of the mud and it is starting to pop up in petitions and the like so is gaining a fairly high profile.

The real problem is the gadget hungry nature of humans on the 21st century.
I do get your point, but then again there is solar power, wind power & wave power. All are far safer than nuclear power. Look at the ongoing pollution/contamination from the Fukushima plant! The Pacific Ocean is stuffed!!! Radiation from Fukushima has reached the shores of America!
Keith.
 

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I don't like nuclear either power or weapons, and the life of the so called spent fuel rods goes into thousands of years if not more, I don't like the thought of a serious accident like Chernobyl happening on British Soil.
 

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I do get your point, but then again there is solar power, wind power & wave power. All are far safer than nuclear power. Look at the ongoing pollution/contamination from the Fukushima plant! The Pacific Ocean is stuffed!!! Radiation from Fukushima has reached the shores of America!
Keith.

I agree Keith, but our power hungry society outstrips the currently available "green energy" resources. There are also other environmental issues with use of wave power, tidal lagoons (there are very controversial plans near me to destroy a marine conservation zone in order to quarry stone for a "green" tidal lagoon - it's not green IMO unless the whole project is green). Hinkley Point only really got permission to have a new reactor as it was already there and the damage is done. I would prefer a wholly wind/wave/solar production system all built ethically and in sympathy with nature but, being a realist, I know it will not happen. Too many bigwigs making too much money out of the other.
 

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I agree Keith, but our power hungry society outstrips the currently available "green energy" resources. There are also other environmental issues with use of wave power, tidal lagoons (there are very controversial plans near me to destroy a marine conservation zone in order to quarry stone for a "green" tidal lagoon - it's not green IMO unless the whole project is green). Hinkley Point only really got permission to have a new reactor as it was already there and the damage is done. I would prefer a wholly wind/wave/solar production system all built ethically and in sympathy with nature but, being a realist, I know it will not happen. Too many bigwigs making too much money out of the other.

Yes, same here mate, the government is pro coal, but many people are going over to solar as well as town councils & some companies. Australia could have been a leader in solar energy, but our corrupt government blew it.
Keith.
 

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Yes, same here mate, the government is pro coal, but many people are going over to solar as well as town councils & some companies. Australia could have been a leader in solar energy, but our corrupt government blew it.
Keith.

It sounds like a very similar situation between the two countries. The people at the top have their snouts in the trough and that will never change.
 

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Definitely time to get into micro generation and avoid the massive price hike that is going to be passed onto the UK consumer due to the stupid contracts agreed by the UK government.

It is, but it is also time for us to review our own electricity (and, if it applies, Gas) to see if we can all play apart in reducing demand somewhat.
 
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well the more and more gadgets the human race comes up with will use more and more electricity.
how much extra electricity will be needed when we have all these electric cars on the road? I can see a time when the power grid will just collapse because of the demands put upon it.
 

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well the more and more gadgets the human race comes up with will use more and more electricity.
how much extra electricity will be needed when we have all these electric cars on the road? I can see a time when the power grid will just collapse because of the demands put upon it.

You make a good point. Electric cars merely transfer the source of power from one place of generation to another. On the upside electricity generation in bulk should be cleaner than the sum total of pollution from all our cars.
 

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It is, but it is also time for us to review our own electricity (and, if it applies, Gas) to see if we can all paly apart in reducing demand somewhat.
Well solar power is getting less expensive to install all the time now. A lot of people are installing solar power.
Keith.
 
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