rejects fears that Hinkley C will be vulnerable to rising sea levels
Stop Hinkley campaign group has written to the Office for Nuclear
Regulation to express concern about recent reports that the area
could be heading for a sea-level rise of as much as 6 metres during
the lifetime of the Hinkley Point C power station.
researchers claim sea levels could rise by six metres or more even
if the 2 degree target of the Paris accord is met.
claimed that sustained warming of one to two degrees in the past
has been accompanied by substantial reductions of the Greenland
and Antarctic ice sheets and sea level rises of at least six metres
several metres higher than what current climate models predict
could occur by 2100.
Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said this week: "Hinkley
Point C is expected to have a 60 year life, which will take us to
almost 2090. After the last load of highly radioactive spent fuel
is removed from the reactor it will need to be cooled for at least
another 60 years. That means the site needs to be kept safe from
flooding and storm surges until at least 2150."
added: "While the prospect of a dip in the sea might be appealing
during this heatwave, having the sea encroach into coastal nuclear
plant would be a disaster."
there is so much uncertainty about sea levels and storm surges over
the next 125 years do we really want to be building new nuclear
facilities and highly radioactive waste stores on the coast?"
EDF spokesman Gordon Bell told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Hinkley
Point C is designed to be secure against natural hazards including
tides, storm surges and tsunamis. To protect the station from such
events, the level of the site is 14 metres above sea level, behind
a sea wall which is 13.5 metres tall."
level rise as a result of future climate change has also been assessed
and as a result, an allowance has been calculated to cover the full
operating lifetime of the station."
addition, the station has been designed to withstand flooding with
multiple layers of defence on and off the site."