Cumbrian nuclear safety group Radiation Free Lakeland have received a letter of thanks from Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The letter states: “In the name of the Federal Chancellor we want to thank you for your commitment regarding the nuclear power plant in Moorside. Europe needs citizens who advocate the exit from nuclear energy to ensure the sustainability of energy supply and critically engage themselves in social, economic and political issues. As you might know, Austria has already expressed its opposition to the use of nuclear energy within a referendum in1978 and is also going to adhere to a policy in favour of a global shift away from this form of energy generation in the future. For the Austrian Federal Government it is clear that alternative forms of energy are worth of promotion.” The letter of thanks to the Cumbrian group is in response to the report commissioned by Radiation Free Lakeland and written by the by Edinburgh Energy and Environment Consultancy. The report, which describes the Moorside reactor design as “dangerous and not fit for purpose” was made possible through crowd funding. Radiation Free Lakeland have raised almost £4000 specifically to produce a body of independent evidence regarding the Moorside plan. The report concludes that: “The AP1000 advanced passive nuclear reactor design has a weaker containment, and fewer back-up safety systems than current reactor designs. Its so-called advanced passive design make the reactor particularly vulnerable to a very large release of radioactivity following an accident if there were just a small failure in the steel containment vessel, due to the chimney effect. …. the containment is dangerously close to exceeding the maximum post accident pressure that it could withstand. Several ways in which the AP1000 design could lose the ability to cool the reactors in an emergency have been identified, and Fukushima has shown that a containment breach is possible, and that arrangements for keeping the spent fuel ponds cool are inadequate.
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