The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Welsh Forum has submitted its views today to the latest round of local public consultation by Horizon Nuclear on developing a proposed new nuclear reactor at Wylfa in Anglesey. (1)
The latest round of consultation is part of the pre-engagement of the Wylfa development prior to its reactor design being approved by nuclear regulators. In its response, the NFLA outlines in details the changing projections of future energy use in Wales and the wider UK which show that the UK Government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) is out-of-date and the need for baseload nuclear power has become largely redundant, regardless of government policy to support new nuclear. Energy efficiency measures would more than deal with the required power new nuclear is planned to deliver.
In responding to the Horizon consultation, NFLA concludes:
- A new nuclear power station at Wylfa is not required due to falling energy demand and cheaper, smarter and more flexible renewable energy alternatives;
- Horizon is proposing to use one of the worst performing nuclear reactor types in the world, with none in operation at present;
- The development will be putting a unique Welsh speaking community at real risk by reducing the proportion of Welsh speakers in the island community;
- The local community will also be put at risk by being close to a nuclear waste facility with a radioactive content equivalent to around 70% of the UK’s existing legacy waste for at least the next 200 years;
- Parts of the development risk a major accident or terrorist incident occurring which, if they led to a spent fuel fire on the site, could have devastating consequences for large parts of Britain and Ireland.
As such, NFLA calls for a halt to this development and for the parent company of Horizon to work with the local Council and the Welsh and UK Governments to promote sustainable alternatives.
NFLA will be outlining further its views at a public meeting it is co-organising with two local community groups opposed to either Wylfa Newydd or the potential development of ‘small’ modular nuclear reactors at Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd – People Against Wylfa B and CADNO. This will be held on the 19th November in Anglesey. The event will include local and national concerns and consider the sustainable, renewable and decentralised energy alternatives to new nuclear in North Wales. (2)
NFLA Wales Co-Chair Councillor Ernie Galsworthy said:
This is the third official response from the NFLA to the Wylfa consultation and our views remain consistent. Wylfa Newydd, like Hinkley Point C, Sellafield Moorside and other projects are the wrong answer to our future low carbon energy solutions. In the last few years there have been huge advances in smart energy, decentralised energy, energy efficiency and energy storage. It is also clear that the type of energy demand that might predicate a need for large developments has been unfounded. NFLA urges Hitachi and Horizon Nuclear to rethink the need for Wylfa, just as RWE Npower and E-on did in pulling out of the site a few years ago. These two German utilities are now struggling in their home market as they did not anticipate rapid changes in the global energy market. If it does not rethink this project the same could happen with the new owners of the Wylfa Newydd site.”
For more information please contact Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, on either 0161 234 3244 or 07771 930196.
Notes for editors:
(1) NFLA New Nuclear Monitor 43 is attached with this media release and will go on the homepage of the NFLA website http://www.nuclearpolicy.info
(2) Joint meeting co-organised by NFLA, CND Cymru, PAWB and CADNO –
‘Wylfa Newydd and small nuclear at Trawsfynydd or a renewable North Wales?
Saturday November 19th, 10.30am – 1pm, Llangefni Town Hall, Anglesey.
Councillor Ernie Galsworthy, NFLA Chair
Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary
Dr Carl Clowes, PAWB
Deilwen Evans, CADNO
Neil Crumpton, PAWB representative to the BEIS NGO Forum
Councillor Steve Churchman, Gwynedd Councillor and NFLA individual representative
The bilingual flyer is available from https://www.nuclearpolicy.info/events/nfla-wales-joint-public-meeting-with-pawb-cadno-and-cnd-cymru/