FEBRUARY-2021 : Now you see it, now you don’t… Bradwell B to be paused?
Maldon District Council (MDC) have recently been informed by the developer (BRB) applying for consent to build the nuclear power plant at Bradwell on Sea that “engagement and all active project work will pause for at least a year”. We have been told that BRB stated they “remain committed to the project” and MDC plan to re-engage with them “when they are ready to do so”.
‘Now it seems, the project is slowing down and no longer so vital. The indefinite pause makes one wonder if this could be the beginning of the end for a project for which there is no vital need and which will create irretrievable damage and danger to the coastal communities of Essex’, said Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG.
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JANUARY-2021 : Andy Blowers asks if the tide has turned on Bradwell B in January 2021 edition of Regional Life
What a difference a year makes. This time, last year, there was little inkling of the momentous impact of coronavirus in changing our lives through lockdown, social distancing and the brooding anxiety about our health, our economy and, indeed, our very survival.
Yet, at the very moment last March when our lives were turned inward, a cloud, for so long no bigger than a man’s hand on the distant horizon, was transformed into a massive and menacing threat to the health, wellbeing and peaceful surroundings of the Blackwater communities. For, just before lockdown, the plans for Bradwell B were announced and a public consultation began.
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JANUARY-2021 : BANNG Press Release – 5th January 2021
Maldon District Council’s suggestion that Small Modular Reactors could be considered for Bradwell flies entirely in the face of its recent pronouncements.
At its meeting on 17 December, Maldon District Council (MDC) voted by a majority of one in favour of a recommendation from its Bradwell B Working Group to send a letter to the local MP, John Whittingdale, and to the Head of Nuclear Development at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in support of the development of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).
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DECEMBER-2020 : Andy Blowers reveals why Bradwell B came to be in the December 2020 column for Regional Life
If we were starting from scratch is it conceivable that the low-lying Dengie peninsula and the shallow Blackwater estuary could be chosen as a site for a gigantic two reactor, 2 GW power station, including cooling towers and pipelines, port facilities, turbines, spent fuel stores, accommodation blocks, transmission towers, access roads and construction works?
Bradwell A – photographed in May 2017 during decommissioning – courtesy Magnox Ltd.
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NOVEMBER-2020 : Click to read BANNG Paper 46
Response to Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Draft Strategy 4…
NOVEMBER-2020 : Click to read BANNG Paper 42A
Response to Planning Inspectorate re application to carry out ground investigations, load test and associated works in connection with proposed new Nuclear Power Station at Bradwell-on-Sea…
NOVEMBER-2020 : Climate change – Will Bradwell B sink the UK’s nuclear energy programme?
Andy Blowers, chair of BANNG, considers this question in the November 2020 edition of Regional Life magazine.
Bradwell B – no solution to climate change…
OCTOBER-2020 : Is Bradwell B dead in the (Black)water?
Andy Blowers, chair of BANNG, considers this question in the October 2020 edition of Regional Life magazine.
Over recent months the Bradwell B issue has moved so fast it has been difficult to keep up. Having spent twelve years leading BANNG, chasing the shadowy prospect of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell, its sudden, almost unannounced emergence as a grotesque reality at the beginning of the year, days before lockdown, came as a sudden, almost violent, shock…
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