Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Nuclear Free Local Authorities

Representation

• It is highly regrettable that consideration of Horizon Nuclear Power’s application for a Development Control Order for the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station is reliant on Government National Policy Statements which are totally out of date. Nuclear Power stations are not economically competitive, cannot be built urgently by 2025 and energy efficiency measures mean there is no longer a need for them.

• Regardless of this, the particular proposal put forward by Horizon Nuclear Power for this particular site on the Island of Anglesey is totally inappropriate and therefore should not be approved.

• Building such a large infrastructure project in a remote rural area like Anglesey is likely to increase local unemployment in the longer term, and have a disruptive impact on the local economy. Going ahead with Wylfa Newydd is likely to detract attention from the far greater job-creating potential of other industries, such as a domestic energy efficiency programme, and the offshore renewable industry, and may actually dissuade companies from setting up in Anglesey, as well as damaging existing industry, such as tourism and agriculture, which rely on an areas reputation for a clean environment to attract business.

• It is also likely to be particularly disruptive to the future of the Welsh Language.

• Wylfa Newydd would produce nuclear waste which would contain almost 70% of the radioactivity in existing waste, and which will most likely need to be stored on the Anglesey site for at least the next 120 years.

• If there were an accident at Wylfa Newydd which required the evacuation of an area similar to the area evacuated around Fukushima, experience suggests this would cause complete chaos because of the limited capacity of routes to the mainland.

• Given that alternatives to Wylfa Newydd do exist which are cheaper and can be implemented more quickly it is particular perverse to accept the rather devastating impact the proposals will have on designated conservation sites.

• The impact of sea level rise on the proposed site needs to be thoroughly examined in the light of the latest scientific projections on the impact of climate change.