Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Dr Carl Iwan Clowes OBE FFPH DTM MSc.(Soc. Med.) FRCGP


Horizon Nuclear Power’s application for a Development Control Order for the Wylfa Newydd NPP is reliant on Government National Policy Statements from 2008. Time has moved on and these Statements are now largely out-dated as NPPs are no longer competitive with renewable energy and fall far short of the timescale that renewable energy offers in addressing the urgent challenges of climate change. Energy efficiency measures further add to the clear view that there is no longer a need for NPPs and the gap between what `nuclear`can provide and the cost, timescale and efficiency of renewables and storage battery technology is growing by the day.

Building a large infrastructure project in a remote rural area such as Ynys Môn is known to have a negative impact on the local economy in the long term. The island today, after 40+ years of Wylfa `A` has the lowest GVA in the whole of the UK. Wylfa Newydd will undermine the far greater job-creating potential of other industries, such as was evidenced in Manifesto Môn - e.g. an energy efficiency programme, and an offshore renewable industry, and may actually damage existing industries such as tourism and agriculture which rely on the area having an unpolluted environment, free from toxic waste proposed to be stored on the Wylfa site for well over a century.

As was the case with the previous Wylfa station, Wylfa Newydd would have a detrimental effect on the Welsh Language. Prior to Wylfa `A`, the percentage of Welsh-speakers in the Cemaes area was >80%. The most recent Estyn School Inspector`s report showed that just 4% of the children attending the local school were from homes where Welsh was spoken. Q.E.D.

I have visited Fukushima Prefecture on two occasions and have seen at first hand the evacuation of an area similar in size to Ynys Môn and the adjacent part of Gwynedd. This involved some 168,000 people, many of whom are still unable to return to their homes - a story largely untold in our media. Given an unforeseen accident here the limited capacity of crossings to the mainland would make for chaos in our community.

The devastating impact the proposals would have on designated conservation sites of international importance is wholly unacceptable. The development of Wylfa Newydd would make a mockery of their status as Special Areas of Conservation, Specially Protected Areas and Special Sites of Scientific Interest