Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Abteilung 8, Ref. 1086 on behalf of Ministerium fur Umwelt, Energie, Ernahrung und Forsten des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz

Representation

Relevant representation of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate within the frame of the process of the cross-border environmental impact assessment relating to the construction of a new nuclear power station at the Anglesey site - Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station


The government of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate is grateful for the opportunity to state its position – by means of relevant representation - within the frame of the process of the cross-border environmental impact assessment relating to the construction of a new nuclear power station at the Anglesey site - Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station.

The government of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate is acting in the knowledge that each member state of the European Union is entitled per se to determine the structure and composition of its power supply. The decision for or against a particular form and use of energy is incumbent on the individual states. The position taken by the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate on the above process of the cross-border environmental impact assessment is also based on this concept.

However, we are deeply concerned on the evidence of the plans developed by the United Kingdom to expand and continue the use of nuclear power, and declare ourselves emphatically against the project for a new construction at the Anglesey site (Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station) and the plans proposed in this connection.

The government of the Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate does not perceive the use of nuclear power as a way to solve the challenges facing power supply in the future. It believes in energy conservation and the expansion of renewable energy sources.

The use of nuclear power was, is and remains an uncontrollable high-risk technology. In the case of disruptive incidents, it is associated with unforeseeable wide-ranging environmental hazards and serious consequences for human health. The fact that the severe impact on humankind and the environment reaches far beyond the national and regional boundaries of the respective country of origin has been clearly demonstrated by the serious reactor accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima. The reactor accident in 1986 in Chernobyl especially showed how radioactive material could be disseminated via the air pathway over great distances and expanses. Due to the really short distance to the Anglesey power plant site (Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station), in the case of a comparable disruptive incident in certain weather conditions, radioactive air masses could reach the boundaries of the Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate in just a few hours and lead to contamination.

Following the catastrophe in Fukushima in 2011, the assessment of nuclear power risks resulted in the German legislature deciding by consensus with a large social majority to abandon the peaceful use of nuclear power. The government of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate played a role in organising this rapid withdrawal by the Federal Republic of Germany from the peaceful use of nuclear power and, in consequence, underlines once more its opposition to the construction of a new nuclear power station at the Anglesey site (Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station).

A further application or even expansion of nuclear power technology is unjustifiable not least because there is no repository in existence as yet in the world for highly radioactive waste and, in addition to the risk to their health, many future generations will be burdened with immense financial disposal risks.

Against the backdrop of these objections in principle, we request a revision of the decision on the plan to construct a new nuclear power station at the Anglesey site (Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station).