Anti-nuclear campaigners are calling a new report into Moorside a “shocking eye opener” The Moorside Project is expected to get the go-ahead in 2018- with the promise of 21,000 jobs for our area- based in West Cumbria. But there are now fresh concerns over the planned designs of nuclear generators- which they say are a serious risk to the public. Marrianne Birkby from Radiation Free Lakeland says the report highlights numerous safety concerns. “It’s a shocking eye opener, we’re really hoping it’s going to be a wake-up call. It’s so reckless, it’s hair raising. “Chernobyl on steroids- in the report they say the AP1000 has weaker containment, fewer safety features- so it’s much more dangerous. “It’s all automatic- anything out of the ordinary hasn’t been accounted for- there’s less safety and no operating experience to draw on because it’s not operating anywhere.” Well we’ve put this to Nugen- the company behind the Moorside Project. They say the reactors they’re looking at offer “unequalled safety” with technology proven to be fit for purpose. This is their full statement: The UK nuclear regulators have a global reputation for their approach to nuclear safety. Concerns expressed in this report are for the regulators to address through the robust Generic Design Assessment process, through which Westinghouse are currently taking their AP1000 design. The regulators produce regular public updates on their scrutiny of all new reactor designs – and invite public comment. Currently the AP1000 is still under review, with an expected date for its design acceptance in 2017. NuGen firmly believes that the AP1000 design offers unequalled safety through its passive safety systems and proven technologies that are based on Westinghouse’s 50-year leadership in safe nuclear energy.
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