"No future" for nuclear in Wales

 

Environmental campaigners will tell the Welsh Affairs Committee that the future for nuclear power in Wales is bleak. The Committee meets in Caernarfon the day before the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to hear views from local people, many of whom are opposed to the proposal to build a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey.

Friends of the Earth Cymru’s written evidence paints a grim picture for nuclear.

Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, Gareth Clubb, who will be giving evidence to the Committee, said:

“The costs of nuclear are gargantuan and increasing daily. In contrast, nuclear’s competition for the new energy market - renewables - are plummeting in cost. Nuclear is quite simply an uneconomic, busted flush.

“You need to add in the risk of nuclear catastrophe making Anglesey permanently uninhabitable and much of northern Wales a no-go zone. The consequences of that for Wales’ people, the economy, the environment and the Welsh language would be simply unimaginable.

“We’ve been asked to comment on the future of nuclear power in Wales. Our extensive research into this issue leads us to conclude that there is no future for nuclear in Wales”.

 

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