Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 06 August 2018
From Zencity Limited

Representation

This outline consists of seven sections:

1) Health and genetic impact of nuclear power in the light of new scientific knowledge. Details will be provided of adverse health effects of nuclear activities over the last seventy years which hitherto have not been acknowledged publicly. These include increased childhood leukaemia around nuclear power plants, health impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident on Wales and other parts of the UK, increased Down Syndrome in Wales associated with the Chernobyl nuclear accident, long-term genetic implications of additional exposure to manmade radioactive pollution and finally health implications for women of childbearing age working in the nuclear industry.
2) Monitoring the health and genetic impact of the proposed nuclear power station. In view of the present-day uncertainties associated with the health and genetic impact of nuclear power stations, an epidemiological plan will be presented so that observations of possible health impacts will be based on scientific examination and not anecdotal evidence and subject to public scrutiny. These possible health impacts will be examined under the following headings: births, miscarriages, stillbirths, cancers under 25, therapeutic abortions, and births involving chromosome aberrations.
3) Minimising the health, genetic and social impact of the proposed nuclear power station. Details will be provided of what alert mechanisms can be employed to minimise these effects from the proposed nuclear power plant.
4) Examining the impact of new health standards on the future of the plant. The possibility that plans for the development of the plant may need to be shelved in the light of new health standards is discussed.
5) Maintaining investment opportunities if the nuclear power plant plans are shelved. Details are provided for an alternative option within the proposed design of the nuclear power plant so in the event of the power plant’s plans being shelved for health or economic reasons, this alternative may provide an equal amount of electricity as the proposed nuclear option but at a much lower price.
6) Nuclear power, carbon dioxide and global warming. Comparisons are made of the relative contribution of thermal pollution from coal and nuclear plants to global warming, the impact of manmade thermal pollution overall, the relationship between increase in ocean surface water temperatures and the release of carbon dioxide from coal-burning plants and the part played by increased water vapour levels in global warming due to increased ocean surface temperatures. Attention will be given to the opportunities of employing waste heat from the coal-burning option and the part that could be played and the opportunities for sequestering CO2 output.
7) Optimising global conditions. Here, the concept is introduced that sea level temperatures must be actually reduced now in order to prevent a runaway global warming effect due to a positive feedback loop between increased water vapour levels and increased sea surface temperatures. The potential technology for achieving this by the use of wind-driven sea scoopers which transfer colder water from the depths to surface waters is considered to mitigate thermal pollution from either a nuclear or coal plant.