Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Ayumi Fukakusa


Dear whom may concern,
Written representation, re Wylfa Newydd projects

Emergency planning
Wylfa A’s current emergency plans only covers a 1.6km area around the nuclear site, and emergency plans for most of other nuclear power plants cover a few km area around the sites. Fukushima nuclear disaster sees at least 160,000 people evacuated in 30 km area, and at least 70,000 people are still evacuating.

30 km radius around Wylfa means almost the entire Island of Anglesey. The island and the main land is connected with only two narrow bridges. Given situation, if there were a severe accident like Fukushima at Wylfa Newydd, it is nearly impossible for people, especially people with disabilities or in needs to evacuate from the island quickly enough.

Environmental impact
There are six nationally and internationally designated sites near the Wylfa Newydd, such as SSSI, SAC or SPA. Colony of protected birds’ was found at the site.
( https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/09/plans-for-welsh-nuclear-power-plant-delayed-concerns-seabirds-anglesey-tern-colonies-wylfa )

Wylfa Newydd requires large area of land, which is 10 times larger than existing Wylfa power station. The impact on environment and biodiversity will be enormous.

Impacts on local economy and society for hosting thousands workers
The Environmental Statement – Non Technical Summary (para 1.1.5) says; “The Wylfa Newydd Project would create 850 permanent jobs, with a construction workforce of approximately 4,000 rising to approximately 8,500 workers at the peak of construction. It would also bring benefits to north Wales and local communities, not only through employment and training opportunities but also from the demand for local goods and services.”

However, Horizon expects the real job opportunity provided locally would be just up to 2,000, not 8,500. Moreover, it is reported that hosting thousands workers in a tiny island with population of 70,000 will be affecting private rent. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-43563174)

The impact on social infrastructure will be enormous if hosting thousands of workers from outside, and the real economic benefits of project for the community is limited.

There is also a concern over welsh language. Thousands of workers are likely to be from outside thus likely to be non-Welsh speakers. Local communities will have an adverse effect on the Welsh language and culture by reducing the proportion of Welsh speakers in a community.
Assumptions are out of date
The current nuclear NPS (EN-6) sets out the need for nuclear power, which predicted that “electricity generation may need to more than double”. However, the demand for both energy and electricity is decreaseing.

The Overriding NPS on Energy (EN-1) said the Government believes that nuclear power is economically competitive with other technologies. However, according to National Audit Office (NAO)’s report in June 2017, “deal for Hinkley Point C has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits.” Strike price for HPC is nearly twice higher than the price for offshore wind. (https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-auction-offshore-wind-cheaper-than-new-gas).

These assumptions outlined in the policy statement is outdated, thus necessity of building new nuclear power plants including Wylfa should be reviewed.

Given reasons, Wylfa Newydd should not be built.