The true scale and impact of a nuclear new build project such as that planned for Bradwell has been graphically demonstrated in recent film footage taken by a drone over-flying the Hinkley Point C development site in Somerset – see video above.
The scale of the development and the devastation it necessitates – which at £19.6Bn and rising is set to make the new power station the most expensive man-made object on Earth – is truly breathtaking.
‘The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group has been saying for the past 10 years that new nuclear development at Bradwell would devastate the environment and amenity of the Blackwater estuary area. But when you see the reality, it really rams it home,’ said Varrie Blowers, Secretary of BANNG (banng.info).
While the Bradwell B development may not be exactly like that for Hinkley Point C, it is inevitable that large-scale devastation will take place on the Dengie Peninsula and on the Blackwater estuary, turning the area into a major industrial complex – and one where highly radioactive wastes will be stored indefinitely.
BANNG believes that the low-lying Bradwell site is totally unsuitable for a new nuclear power station and all it entails. It is vulnerable to flooding even at the present time and this vulnerability will increase with the sea-level rise that is anticipated as a result of climate change.
And why is it proposed that this devastation should take place when it is becoming ever clearer that the generation of electricity by nuclear power has had its day and that Bradwell B will be obsolete by the time it is operating? The decision has been taken at the highest levels of both the UK and Chinese Governments to cement the so-called ‘Golden Partnership’. Approval of the as yet untested Hualong 1 reactor by the supposedly tough UK nuclear regulators will allow China to sell this dangerous technology around the world. The question has to be asked ‘Is it worth trashing this ecologically important, beautiful and tranquil environment to provide help to a potentially hostile state?’.
‘I urge everyone in the communities around the Blackwater estuary, all Essex County and local Councillors and MPs to watch this film and to understand the full extent of what is proposed for Bradwell’, said Varrie Blowers. ‘If evidence were needed for the terrible effects on the environment of building new nuclear power stations, this film footage showing not a simulation but the actual devastation as it happens at Hinkley Point, provides it’.