Actions you can take now:
Contact your local MP and your local Councillors (including Essex County Councillors)
Write to the Environment Agency (firstname.lastname@example.org) for attention of Neil Dinwiddie
Write a letter to the local newspapers, including the Maldon & Burnham Standard and Colchester Gazette (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org)
Respond to the public consultation – even if only a short response, it will still have to be read and counted. The current consultation ends at 11.59 hours on 27 May so there is still plenty of time. Click here to open and respond. (BANNG will give ideas for objections shortly)
Suggestions of questions to ask at the Bradwell B exhibitions (RL = Regional Life)
Climate emergency: how can such a low-lying site vulnerable to climate change be appropriate for such dangerous infrastructure? (RL, Nov. 2018; July 2019, Oct 2019, Dec 2019);
Radioactive waste: how is it proposed to manage highly radioactive spent fuel and other nuclear wastes safely on-site not far from Bradwell Village until the end of the next century (2200)?
Disposal of wastes: what happens if there is no Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) to take the nation’s radioactive wastes?
Costs and Benefits: Why so much emphasis on presumed benefits and nothing much said about the risks, costs and threats to the environment and wellbeing of the Blackwater communities?
Traffic: have the impacts been considered of frequent movements of heavy transport over a 9-12 year construction period on the villages and towns of the Dengie?
Workers’ accommodation: have the impacts on the villages and towns of the Dengie of the plans to have 10,000 workers on the site at the height of construction (3,000 will be local, so that leaves 7,000 incomers in local accommodation) been considered? Where will these workers come from?
Emergency planning: in the event of an incident involving release of radioactivity, what plans are there for ensuring the safety of nearby communities such as Mersea Island and what are the emergency evacuation plans for a large area and large population in the event of a major accident?(RL June 2019, Oct 2019)
Environmental protection: in view of the scale and wholesale destruction of the environment described in the plans, is it conceivable that any measures to protect the many habitats, birds, wildlife and plant life in the internationally and nationally designated areas of the Dengie and the Blackwater could be credible?
Cooling water: how can the impact on marine life, including oysters and fish, from the hybrid system of cooling towers and tunnels into the Marine Conservation Zone be justified when the nuclear power station will not be needed? (RL Sept 2019)
For further information on why to say no to Bradwell B, see BANNG’s website which contains detailed documents, articles, videos and other material concerning the proposed power station. The BANNG monthly columns in all editions of Regional Life magazine are on the website and references to some of these are made in the questions above.
And, always remember, Bradwell B is NOT necessary and it is NOT a done deal!