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Chernobyl 2.0? Cracks found in UK nuclear reactor could lead to evacuation of millions.

Daily Star 8th June 2019  CRACKS found in a UK nuclear reactor could lead to the
radioactive contamination and full evacuation of major Brit cities, experts
have said in a terrifying warning. Experts have warned that in the very
worst case the hot graphite core could become exposed to air and ignite
leading to radioactive contamination and evacuation of a large area of
Scotland’s central belt – including Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The reactors have been closed since October 2018 as a result, but owners EDF Energy are
currently making a case for turning them back on, with help from trade
union GMB. Although the probability of a meltdown is still low, the
consequences could be incredibly severe.
In such an event, both Glasgow and
Edinburgh would need to be entirely evacuated due to radioactive
contamination. According to Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent consultant on
radioactivity in the environment, and Dr David Toke, Reader in Energy
Policy at the University of Aberdeen, the two reactors definitely should
not be restarted. Speaking about the cracks in the barrels, they warned:
“This is a serious matter because if an untoward incident were to occur –
for example an earth tremor, gas excursion, steam surge, sudden outage, or
sudden depressurisation, the barrels could become dislodged and/or
misaligned.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/784096/Chernobyl-UK-nuclear-reactor-Hunterston-b-power-plant-Ayrshire-edinburgh-glasgow

June 10, 2019 - Posted by | safety, UK

1 Comment »

  1. They were supposed to have shut them down years ago because of the risk that the graphite could be so misaligned that they can’t get the control rods in or out!

    Comment by miningawareness | June 10, 2019 | Reply


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