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Monday, 21 October 2013

Nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C

David Cameron says the agreement with Électricité de France (EDF) to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley C in Somerset is ''a very big day for Britain''.


  1. The energy secretary, Ed Davey says energy bills will fall as a result by 2030. EDF will be paid £92.50 per megawatt hour for the electricity which is twice the current market price so supper-profits will go to a multinational corporation subsidised by British tax payers and consumers, and international monopoly capitalism wins another state hand. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has an estimated price of £14bn to build and is planned to start generating electricity in 2023 and be operational for about thirty-five years.

  2. They say accidents are very rare, I would question that assertion. What about Fukushima, Onagawa, Fleurus, Forsmark, Erwin, Sellafield, Atucha, Braidwood, Paks, Tokaimura, Yanangio, Ikitelli, Ishikawa, Tomsk, Cadarache, Vandellos, Greifswald, Chernobyl, Hamm-Uentrop, Tsuraga, Saint Laurent des Eaux, Three Mile Island, Jaslovské Bohunice, Lucens, Chapelcross, Monroe, Charlestown, Santa Susana Field, Chalk River, Vinča, Kyshtym, Windscale, Chalk River. Of these Fukushima, Japan in 2011, Atucha, Argentina and Sellafield, Britain in 2005, Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986, Windscale Britain and Kyshtym, Russia in1957 were all what can be described as serious incidents. Chernobyl was the worst and Atucha the least of these, I make this a total of thirty-two accidents with six serious incidents.

  3. Fukushima

    ground beneath the plant’s Unit 4 is gradually sinking, and that the entire structure is very likely on the verge of complete collapse.

    Unit 4 currently holds more than 1,500 spent nuclear fuel rods, and a collective 37 million curies of deadly radiation.

    Unit 4 contains the elevated cooling pool that was severely damaged following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

    Unit 4 has already sunk by about 31.5 inches since the disaster, and this sinking has taken place unevenly. If the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, or if another earthquake of even as low as a magnitude six occurs in the region, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown.

    "It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No.4 reactor." - Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, Executive Director, the Japan Society for Global System and Ethics



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