Wednesday, 2 July 2014

MEP dismayed at Dungeness announcement

Keith Taylor MEP has responded to news that the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has approved changes to key safety standards at Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent.

EDF, the energy company operating Dungeness, had applied to the ONR to relax the safety limits for graphite bricks inside the reactor, which are vital for safety.

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for Kent and South East England, responded to the announcement:

"I am dismayed that the ONR has approved EDF’s application to lower key safety standards at Dungeness in order to prolong the life of the reactor.

"This is particularly worrying as Dungeness has had a number of unplanned shutdowns in recent months due to safety concerns.

"Rather than re-writing the rules in order to keep this unsafe and expensive form of energy production online for a few more years, we should be focussing our efforts on the switch to a truly sustainable energy future – one which focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and which would deliver more jobs, faster carbon reductions and a fundamentally more democratic energy system fit for the future."

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