March 15, 2011
seeks to reassure Burnham residents over Hinkley safety
company that operates Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea,
has this week reassured residents about its safety in the wake
of the nuclear accident in Japan.
comes after the Stop Hinkley protest group claimed on Saturday
that the explosion at Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan
- which followed Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami -
demonstrates the risks associated with nuclear power.
EDF spokesman Gordon Bell told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The devastation
brought about by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a very
real human tragedy, and our thoughts are with everyone affected."
"On nuclear, we welcome the fact the UK Government has asked
the safety regulator to report on the implications of the events
in Japan. EDF Energy is happy to support this work in whatever
way it can to ensure lessons are learned. The nuclear industry
puts great weight on learning from any such events."
He added: "Although we have no reason to expect a similar
scale of seismic activity in the UK all EDF Energy's nuclear power
stations are protected against the effects of seismic events."
"These measures cover the kind of seismic and storm surge
events that could be expected in the UK and are detailed in approved
safety cases which are agreed with the regulator."
"In our existing stations and in any new nuclear power stations
we will continue to ensure that safety is our top priority and
that we meet all regulatory requirements."