‘You could bury nu­clear waste un­der my house’

Campaigner shocked by claim from ex-Wylfa boss

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Hy­wel Trewyn

And chief of planned new power sta­tion agrees:

AFORMER nu­clear power sta­tion boss says he would be happy for ra­dioac­tive waste to be buried un­der his own home.

The state­ment by ex-Wylfa en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Doc­tor John Idris Jones shocked an anti-nu­clear campaigner, but won sup­port from the boss of a pro­posed new N-plant on An­gle­sey.

Dr Jones, whose home in Llansad­wrn is 20 miles from the planned £10 bil­lion re­ac­tor at Ce­maes, told the wife of Pawb (Peo­ple against Wylfa B) campaigner Dr Carl Clowes OBE, at an ex­hi­bi­tion in New­bor­ough, that he had no prob­lem with waste be­ing stored on the is­land.

The com­ments come as the Welsh Gov­ern­ment revealed vil­lages and towns in North Wales could be of­fered mil­lions of pounds to al­low nu­clear waste to be stored there.

Dr Clowes, from Pen­traeth, said: “My wife asked Dr Jones: ‘What about the ra­dioac­tive waste?’ He replied, ‘I would be to­tally happy to have it buried un­der my own home’.”

He was then stunned to find Wylfa Newydd boss Greg Evans agreed with Dr Jones. In a let­ter to Dr Clowes, Mr Evans said: “Dr Jones would have made this com­ment on an in­formed ba­sis. I would agree with him with­out any hes­i­ta­tion.

“I have no prob­lem at all with waste stor­age of any type – non-ra­dioac­tive to ra­dioac­tive. It is safe enough to store.”

Dr Jones main­tained he would be happy for it to be stored un­der his house, adding: “Rea­son would not al­low it to hap­pen but, from a tech­ni­cal point of view, I don’t see a prob­lem if it was prop­erly planned.”

He did, how­ever, crit­i­cise Dr Clowes for go­ing pub­lic on a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion. “What has up­set me is that I had a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with Dr Clowes and it is re­pug­nant that he has gone in an un­der­hand way to men­tion the con­ver­sa­tion to other par­ties,” he said.

“He has a bee in his bon­net about nu­clear mat­ters. By say­ing things like this he is mak­ing peo­ple an­gry.”

But Dr Clowes ac­cused both men of be­ing “ir­re­spon­si­ble”.

He said: “They are pre-empt­ing a for­mal con­sul­ta­tion (on Wylfa Newydd). There are all kinds of im­pli­ca­tions.

“This proposal is go­ing ahead on the ba­sis of a huge amount of in­vest­ment and would be detri­men­tal to the health of the com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment.

“No other in­dus­try on earth would get away with pro­duc­ing a waste prod­uct which is ra­dioac­tive and highly toxic and stored for 240,000 years.

“I thought at first that he (Dr Jones) had said it as an off-the-cuff re­mark, but then he re­peated it.

“I didn’t be­lieve that Greg Evans would agree with him – this is in­cred­i­ble from Greg Evans.”

New plan for Wylfa Newydd for the third con­sul­ta­tion on the nu­clear power sta­tion proposal

Dr John Idris Jones

Dr Carl Clowes

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