Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 10 August 2018
From Welsh Anti Nuclear Alliance


1. New nuclear power stations are not now required as green renewable energy sources (including tidal lagoons) are able to provide for future energy needs, It is also becoming increasingly apparent that renewables will offer the lowest cost of electricity over their lifetime of all generating options.

2. Proposed new developments at Wylfa are at variance with the Welsh Government’s “Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015” . This flagship legislation offers a huge opportunity to make long-lasting, positive changes for future generations around clean energy. Nuclear energy is not renewable, green or clean in fact it creates a legacy of radioactive waste at every stage of its cycle (from uranium mining, milling, transport and reprocessing)

3. The Welsh Government Energy Statement (Lesley Griffiths 6/12/2016) outlined 3 priorities. “ First, we will reduce the amount of energy we use in Wales. Second, we will reduce our reliance on energy generated from fossil fuels. Third, we will actively manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. We contend that nuclear energy is no solution to climate change.
• Considerable amounts of carbon are released in the mining, milling and separation of Uranium from the ore and then it has to be transported. Current estimates for Uranium say reserves will last 50 - 70 years and the higher the demand the more and more poor ores will have to be processed. This will lead to a CO2 balance for atomic power, which gets worse and worse over time (J. W. Storm van Leeuwen and P. Smith, 'Nuclear Power: The Energy Balance', www.stormsmith.nl. )

• “ Nuclear energy is not renewable and Earth’s uranium would eventually deplete meaning that we are effectively depriving our future generations from using that in new and maybe less harmful ways in the future.” (Sophie Howe - Future Generations Commissioner for Wales 2018 when supporting the Swansea Tidal Lagoon)

• “Claims that nuclear power is a 'low carbon' energy source fall apart under scrutiny. Far from coming in at six grams of CO2 per unit of electricity for Hinkley C, as the Climate change Committee believes, the true figure is probably well above 50 grams - breaching the CCC's recommended limit for new sources of power generation beyond 2030.” (Professor Keith Barnham https://theecologist.org/2015/feb/05/false-solution-nuclear-power-not-low-carbon)

4. Building a large new nuclear reactor and waste stores on a beautiful island like Anglesey seems madness in light of serious concerns about the ecology, evacuation plans, and potential rises in sea-level due to climate change