Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima

Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima
We feel very sad for the people of Japan who want to end nuclear energy whilst a potential new government and big business are desperate for it

No Fukushima at Oldbury

No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!

No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Will the EA and HSE compromise on their standards and allow Horizon to use the 3rd best form of cooling?

If you cant emit hot water through the river water and you cant allow it to vapourize and rise naturally through gravity then the only other option is to build massive fans to blow the steam out of forced draft cooling towers! Bananas?!

Environment Agency study concludes that the "Best Available Technology" for the new nuclear power stations is direct cooling. But this method is not possible at Oldbury so surely this confirms that the site is unsuitable?

The Environment Agency have published a report on the cooling options for new nuclear and states that the Best Available Technology is Direct Cooling, which as we know is not possible at the new site at Shepperdine. This surely means that since they cant use the Best Technology at Oldbury the site should not be nominated as suitable.

How can this be a seen as a suitable site if the technology to be adopted is known to be less suitable than direct cooling, it makes no sense to settle for anything other than the truely best technology!

The report concludes that the second Best Available Technology is Gravity Towers and according to Horizon the site will need to have three or four 200m high gravity towers! Horizon have now admitted that the visual impact of such monstrous towers will be unacceptable in this location. Note they have only admitted this recently to appease this community.

Horizon's preferred option is the Hybrid towers (still massive at 70m high). However, this is neither the Environment Agency's 1st nor their 2nd choice but comes 3rd in their preference so will they allow Horizon to go with this solution?

To view the summary report go to
or the full report at

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