NU­CLEAR WORRY

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WICK­LOW County Coun­cil will ask the Depart­ment of Health for a risk as­sess­ment over plans for a new nu­clear power sta­tion at An­gle­sey in north Wales.

The orig­i­nal Wylfa plant on An­gle­sey closed in 2015 af­ter more than 40 years of ser­vice. The Ja­panese con­glom­er­ate Hi­tachi are also in­volved in the talks with the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment.

The mat­ter was placed on the agenda for Mon­day’s meet­ing at the be­hest of Cllr Tom For­tune, who de­scribed the plans as ‘one of the most se­ri­ous is­sues in many years’ faced by Wick­low, and Ire­land as a whole.

‘It is im­por­tant the lo­cal author­ity works with coun­cil­lors and come up with an ob­jec­tion. We need to put to­gether a re­ally good sub­mis­sion con­tain­ing any ex­pert opin­ion we can get,’ said Cllr For­tune.

He noted that ra­dioac­tive par­ti­cles were found in the likes of Gal­way and Water­ford af­ter the 1986 Ch­er­nobyl dis­as­ter.

‘ There was also a re­cent in­ci­dent in Ja­pan where a nu­clear plant burst and over 3,900 peo­ple be­came af­fected di­rectly. I pro­pose we have a proper meet­ing on this with proper experts and the peo­ple with the re­quired knowl­edge,’ added Cllr For­tune.

Cllr Ni­cola Law­less pro­vided the meet­ing with an up­date on how the plans for the nu­clear power plant are pro­gress­ing.

‘ They are re­plac­ing the orig­i­nal plant. It will be a ma­jor con­cern if there is a dev­as­ta­tion like ex­pe­ri­enced in Ch­er­nobyl. We need to put in place a sub­mis­sion and open up talks with our coun­ter­parts from Wales,’ said Cllr Law­less.

Cllr Mary Ka­vanagh stated that the dead­line for sub­mis­sion was Jan­uary 25.

Cllr Der­mot O’Brien felt the com­pany Hi­tachi were look­ing for lo­ca­tions out­side of Ja­pan to es­tab­lish nu­clear power plants.

‘It is al­most like they have out­sourced the prob­lem to another part of the world where they won’t have to face any of the po­ten­tial con­se­quences’.

Cllr Derek Mitchell pro­posed that the coun­cil con­tact the Ir­ish en­ergy board to ask their opin­ion on what the plans are and the po­ten­tial risks.

The mat­ter will be back on the agenda for Jan­uary’s meet­ing once the Depart­ment has fur­nished the coun­cil with its risk as­sess­ment.

BE­LOW: The now closed Wylfa plant.

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