A SERIES of safety failure at Hunterston could have had ‘serious consequences’ if the reactors had been in full operation, it was claimed this week. The Nuclear Free Local Authorities group, which is made up of councillors around the UK concerned about nuclear power, described the incidents as ‘notable’. The incident which prevented cooling gas from being circulated around a reactor was highlighted by the group as ‘a real concern’. However the nuclear regulators described the incident as ‘minor’ as both incidents happened when both reactors were offline. n relation to the incident, a spokesperson for Nuclear Free Local Authorities said: “Whilst there were no radiological consequence from them, this is largely due to the reactors not being in operation. “A loss of cooling is of real concern as the consequences of such an eventuality when the reactors are in full operation could have been extremely serious.”
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The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) is disappointed with the decision of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to permit resumption of electricity generation at Reactor 4 in the EDF-owned Hunterston site in North Ayrshire. NFLA believes the age, the amount of keyway root cracks in both Reactors 3 and 4, and the precautionary principle should have been considered in the reactors not being reopened for generation.
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Scottish CND condemn Office of Nuclear Regulation’s decision to restart Hunterston nuclear reactor 4. The meeting between ONR, Dr Ian Fairlie and NFLA (notes available) stated that while the cracking in Reactor 4 is not as extensive as Reactor 3 there is an issue of some cracks openings that are greater than 1.2cm wide (i.e. 1/2 inch). Scottish CND chair Arthur West: “This news about the Hunterston reactor is very disappointing. It is very worrying that the Office of Nuclear Regulation seems to have increased the number of cracks permitted in the reactor. This move seems to be a clear case of moving the goalposts to allow the closed reactor to reopen. It really is time to think about a future beyond nuclear energy. The best response to the current situation at Hunterston is to continue the development of safer and cleaner forms of renewable energy.”
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A nuclear reactor at a power station will temporarily return to service after being shut down last year when cracks were found in its core. Reactor 4 at Hunterston B power station in North Ayrshire was one of two remaining reactors at the plant taken out of service last year. Now, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has given operator EDF Energy the go-ahead to return Reactor 4 to service for up to four months.
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