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What Does Building A Nuclear Power Station Mean for CO2 Emissions As We Near COP26 ?

ON OCTOBER 14, 2021 BY MARIANNEWILDART   The Following Extract is from The Ecologist’s Nuclear Dossier of 2006 – What Has CONveniently Been Unlearnt About Nuclear New Build Since Then? Quite a Lot!

What Does Building A Nuclear Power Station Mean for CO2 Emissions As We Near COP26 ? — RADIATION FREE LAKELAND

Many thanks to The Ecologist for their 2006 Nuclear Dossier written by Jon Hughes – the following extract relates to CO2 emissions from construction – which although mind numbingly enormous are the least worst thing about nuclear.

“Think nuclear power and you probably think of small amounts of highly radioactive material, safely encased in vast concrete bunkers, generating an endless and constant supply of clean electricity. Yes it’s expensive and clearly there is a problem with nuclear waste, but if it is the answer to climate change then why not?”Stop Hinkley C – then…..

and now…the largest concrete pour in the UK ever is just the beginning – Stopping Hinkley C is more important than ever.


During construction climate change is the only thing nuclear power fuels – to the tune of 20 million tonnes of C02 for each reactor

Once a decision has been taken to build a nuclear power station, the question of location arises. Firm foundations are required for a building that has to surpass an ‘Acts of God’ insurance policy for at least 100 years. It also pays for it to be built close to a plentiful water supply, as it requires 30 million gallons daily to act as a coolant to stop generators overheating and prevent catastrophic meltdown. This is a fundamental problem. Sea levels are predicted to rise by half a metre by the end of the century, according to the the ultra-cautious International Panel on Climate Change. It could be less, but it could easily be more. Such a rise threatens every coastline in Britain and around the world, as it brings with it unpredictable weather patterns.

Late last year, a confidential report from Nirex, the then government agency on radioactive waste management, warned that all the UK’s current reactor sites are at risk of flooding or erosion under such conditions. If the Greenland and Western Antarctic ice sheets start melting away, as some experts now predict, sea levels could eventually increase by as much as 12 metres.

Given this, it would not be possible to construct new reactors on old sites, which has been viewed as the ideal option. The ‘piggy backing’ would have circumvented the need for new planning permissions and a public inquiry. As it is, new sites will have to be developed further inland.

To find the right location, geological surveys are undertaken to assess the long-term viability of the land, and answer questions like will it buckle in the event of a long-term drought or sink in the event of an excessive wet period…………………….

It can be assumed from the EPR that scheduled build time for any new reactor will be set at an ambitious five years.

(One year in, Olikuoloto is nine months behind schedule.) During the construction period, greenhouse gases will be spewing into the atmosphere, fuelling nothing other than
climate change. Much of the £2bn it is conservatively estimated a nuclear power station will cost is spent on sourcing the raw materials, their manufacture and their supply, all of which are processes that use energy and cause C02 emissions to rise. If the UK government opts to keep nuclear power supplying 20 per cent of the country’s energy needs, then it is probable
that 10 such reactors would have to be built. (Worldwide, 80 new reactors are envisaged.) This is environmental damage that can’t be repaired, and will only intensify the process of climate change now.

October 16, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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