We heard this week the news that Trawsfynydd might be in line for another Nuclear Power Plant. However, this time it would be different. The £200m investment would be into what is dubbed an SMR, a Small Modular Reactor. I first came across SMRs in 2013 during the Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd Constituency hustings, when the then Plaid AM Dafydd Elis Thomas, seeking re-nomination, voiced his total support for what he called a mini nuclear power plant. I was against it then. I’m against it today. I like to have an open mind on everything, but nothing has convinced me yet that we should support nuclear. The Power Plant was commissioned in 1965, and had a life span of approximately 30 years. It’s decommissioning would last twenty years. That’s fifty years since being commissioned for someone to come up with a plan to replace the jobs that would disappear once everything had been finished. And what did they come up with? Nothing. Meirionnydd continues to be the area in the UK with the lowest income per household. If the Government were serious about bringing well paid jobs to Meirionnydd then they would have done this by now. But they’re not, and they haven’t.
Mabon ap Gwynfor 29th June 2019 read more »