Radiation Free Lakeland have been vehemently opposing the restarting of Hunterston’s cracked reactors. News that EDF has been given permission to restart one of the dodgy reactors for four months has been met with astonishment and anger.
David Autumns a member of RaFL who has been in heated correspondence with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and EDF over the restart of these dodgy reactors had this to say to the announcement:
“All of my fears about the Reactors are acknowledged and promptly ignored.
I’ll admit it I live in my Motorhome – it’s a very nice one (Kontiki 665p) I have lived in it since the end of January when my Landlord sold the House I was renting. I am not suffering and really love my new lifestyle. Why do I tell you all this?
The Ferret reports that:
“One of the two cracked reactors at Hunterston B nuclear power station in North Ayrshire has been given permission to reopen – but only for four months.
ONR has accepted EDF’s argument that it’s safe to relax the limit for the permitted number of cracks. The “operational allowance” for cracks per reactor is being doubled from 350 to 700.
But ONR stressed that after four months EDF would again have to prove that it was safe to carry on running the reactor. “The longer term condition of the reactor remains uncertain,” ONR said.
Reactor three at Hunterston, which has an estimated 377 cracks in its graphite core, remains closed. It has been shut down since 9 March 2018, and ONR said the safety case for reopening it will be assessed “in due course”.
Campaigners have previously argued that the reactors should remain closed to prevent the risk of a “catastrophic” nuclear accident spreading radioactivity over Glasgow and Edinburgh. They expressed disappointment that reactor four was being allowed to restart.”
Read the full Ferret Report here