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Global warming scuppers Blairís nuclear power plans

 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:42 pm    Post subject: Global warming scuppers Blair?s nuclear power plans Reply with quote

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Prime Minister Tony Blair?s plans to build new nuclear power stations were thrown into doubt last night after a government agency warned that the preferred sites would be flooded or eroded by global warming.

This week, Blair will announce an energy review, which is expected to back up to 10 nuclear stations at existing sites around the UK coast, but a study by nuclear waste agency Nirex reveals that most of them are threatened by climate change.

If those sites are ruled out, reactors will have to be built inland on new, greenfield sites ? some in Scotland ? which will provoke a furious outcry.

The Nirex report, unearthed by the Sunday Herald, reveals that at least 11 of Britain?s preferred nuclear sites are so low-lying that they could be drowned or damaged by rising seas, causing radio active waste to leak.







http://www.sundayherald.com/53111
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost paradoxical. Good news or bad news? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the problem? Worst case scenario for sea level rise this century... what is it ...of the top of my head ... a yard? something like that.

So build a sea wall round the site. No big deal.

The Dutch have managed the trick round their whole country. We ought to be able to do a dozen or so nuclear sites.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the time that happens Blair will be out of office so it's an SEP anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: Global warming scuppers Blair?s nuclear power plans Reply with quote

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existing sites around the UK coast...could be drowned or damaged by rising seas


If existing sites are threatened, then even if we do build nuclear elsewhere, would rising seas carry implications for the clean-up after decommissioning the existing plants? i.e. Would the normal decommissioning process leave a nasty radioactive mess that would be "acceptable" on land but catastrophic if subject to sea erosion?

If so (and accepting that new nuclear build is an inevitability) then it would make sense to do as skeptik says and just build sea defences. Obviously, you'd need to power the pumps to keep the site drained so it would reduce the overall ERoEI of the plant, but this would probably be negligible in the grand scheme of things. It does beg the question of what happens in 30 years when you decommission the new reactor but still want to keep the site dry though. I guess you'd use wave/tidal power...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What's the problem? Worst case scenario for sea level rise this century... what is it ...of the top of my head ... a yard? something like that.

So build a sea wall round the site. No big deal.

It's not quite as simple as that, though. Although the "ambient" sea level may only rise a small amount, you have to consider the effect of storms. Remember 1953? Put a wall around a nuclear site, and any water that's contained within it after a downpour is potentially low-level nuclear waste; it won't be easy to just pump it out and forget it.

When it comes to analogies I prefer to think of New Orleans rather than Holland. And in Holland, a lot of houses are on "stilts", they are designed around occasional flooding.
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