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EDF’s planned Sizewell nuclear power station – vulnerable to sea level rise

Climate News Network 28th April 2020, Controversial plans by the French nuclear giant EDF to build two of its massive new reactors on the low-lying east coast of England are causing
alarm: the shore is eroding and local people fear sea level rise could maroon the station on an island.
A newly published paper adds weight to the objections of two local government bodies, East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council, which have already lodged objections to EDF’s plans
because they fear the proposed sea defences for the new station, Sizewell C, will be inadequate.
EDF, which is currently expecting the go-ahead to start building the station from the British government, says it has done its own expert assessment, had its calculations independently checked, and is satisfied that the coast is stable and the planned concrete sea defences
will be adequate.
The argument is whether the coastal banks which prevent storm waves hitting this part of the coast will remain intact for the next150 years – roughly the life of the station, taking into account 20 years
of construction, 60 years of operation and then the time needed to decommission it.
The paper is the work of a structural engineer, Nick Starr, a member of the Nuclear Consulting Group, which is an independent, non-profit virtual institute that provides expert research and analysis of nuclear issues. As relevant, though, is his knowledge of the coastal waters of Suffolk, where he spends time sailing. He believes the coast is inherently unstable.

April 30, 2020 - Posted by | climate change, UK

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