'B' closure date 2018
from list of new nuclear reactors
9 November 2009
Dungeness in Kent has
been dropped from a Government list of potential locations for new
nuclear power stations.
The location, which was one of eleven sites nominated by industry
in March, was not listed in the Department of Energy and Climate Change's
draft National Policy Statements consultation, which opened today.
Concerns about how to mitigate potential environmental impacts at
the site, coastal erosion and associated flood risk were among the
The draft Nuclear National Policy Statement named ten locations that
had been assessed as potentially suitable for new nuclear deployment
by the end of 2025.
These are: Bradwell, Braystones, Hartlepool, Heysham, Hinkley Point,
Kirkstanton, Oldbury, Sellafield, Sizewell and Wylfa.
The new coalition government have
decided to hold a completely new round of consultations on new build
It has now emerged that the new Government's
final decision on new nuclear build sites will not be made until SPRING
2011 after it has been debated in Parliament. However they still believe
that the first generation of new reactors will be ready by 2018!
This AUTUMN there will be a NEW round of consultations on ALL SITES
(including Dungeness) as the new Gov. is wary that the previous
consultations may have been flawed and they fear a legal challenge
from groups such as STOP HINKLEY, STOP SIZEWELL, STOP BRADWELL etc.
Had the legal challenge gone ahead I would have recommended that KARE
support it and asked for your comments. All the anti nuclear groups
(incl KARE) agreed that we were not happy about:
a) the nature of the questions we were being asked to base our consultation
replies on AND
b): the omittion of many very relevant environmental and socialogical
questions that should have been included to enable the general public
to make a full and proper assessment of the decision on new nuclear
build in their respective areas.
the Romans had nuclear power we would
still be guarding their waste!
statement prompted a controversial response from a visitor
to this site who invited us to reply to his criticisms.
We have printed it here in full with our reply.
it is such an important issue we are sure he would
be interested to hear your views as well.
We promise to publish all replies.
Power Stations in a Warming World
in Danger by Dennis Leggett
A comprehensive study of the evolution of the Dungeness headland.
800 years ago the present nuclear power stations' site was over one
kilometer out to sea.
Several huge storms in the 13th century dramatically changed the course
of the river Rother and the contours of the headland.
Could it all change
Type in your post code at the
Environment Agency's web site
to see how you may be affected by flooding:
(type post code: TN29 9PP for Dungeness
nuclear power station)
The main source of radioactive pollution to the air
and the sea in the South East of England
is from these two Nuclear Power Stations on the Kent coast at New
they are not the only source of radiation in our part of the country.
The French reprocessing plant at Cap de L'Hague, Cherbourg, discharges
a radioactive plume that soon covers much
of the South East.
are six nuclear reactors just across the channel from Dover at Gravelines,
near Dunkirk that also make a substantial contribution to the
aerial radioactive discharges that affect our district.
to Magnox Nuclear Power Stations:
reactor design - typical station layout - graphite deterioration -
generic faults - embrittlement - corrosion - Wigner energy - station
lifetimes - accident scenarios - sell-by
date - etc.
is a new idea where we are trying to give an overall picture of the
subject in laymen's terms so that new visitors to this site can grasp
the issues more easily. Nuclear issues are inherently complicated
and many potential campaigners are too easily put off by them.
Nuclear Trains Action Group (NTAG)
Region CND Office
162 Holloway Road London N7 8DQ
tel 0207 607 2302
maps of nuclear power, plants, sites & transport routes