campaigners protest over changes to waste storage design
campaigners have this week called on the Planning Inspectorate to
object to EDF Energys application for a 'Non-Material Change'
at the Hinkley Point C development site.
Stop Hinkley campaign has written to the Planning Inspectorate,
saying it is concerned with the proposed change in the design of
a radioactive waste storage system at the site - from a wet to a
requires modification of the interim spent fuel store on site, making
it twice as big by volume and 30m high (as opposed to 25m).
Hinkley argues that this should not be deemed a 'non-material' change.
Hinkley spokesperson Roy Pumfrey said: "There has been virtually
no discussion nationally about how the nuclear waste generated by
Hinkley Point C will be managed, despite the fact that we still
dont know what is going to happen to the waste we have already
the time the station closes in around 2085, the radioactive content
of the waste will amount to the equivalent of 80% of the waste which
currently exists in the whole of the UK."
it to Cumbria and reviving reprocessing would send radioactivity
back here via the Irish Sea."
best answer is not to produce the waste in the first place. We cannot
simply pass the nuclear waste problem on to future generations.
It is time to cancel Hinkley Point C."
EDF spokesman said: "Our agreed consultees, the Hinkley Point
C Community Forum and the local parish council, have been informed
about our proposal to change from a wet store to a dry fuel store,
which is an equally safe and robust storage method used across Europe
and the USA."
amount of fuel stored on site would not increase under this application
only the method of storage, which we are already using at
Sizewell B, Suffolk."
has submitted a separate planning application to make a number of
changes at the site, including modifying the size of the plot for
the fuel store building, as well as realigning a section of the
sea wall and additional pipework at the temporary jetty.
application to change the plot size for the fuel store building
is now subject to public consultation. Hinkley Point C is expected
to be fully operational by 2027.