Stop the dangerous, crumbling Hunterston nuclear reactor from being reopened.

Stop the dangerous, crumbling Hunterston nuclear reactor from being reopened.

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Lorna Johnston started this petition to Westminster

The graphite cores of two ageing nuclear reactors at Hunterston in North Ayrshire have begun to crumble as cracks spread, prompting safety inspectors to impose tough new conditions threatening future operations.

Technical reports released by the UK government’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) reveal that at least 58 fragments and pieces of debris have broken off the graphite bricks that make up the reactor cores.

According to ONR there is “significant uncertainty” about the risks of debris blocking channels for cooling the reactor and causing fuel cladding to melt. This could cause an accident and a leak of radioactivity.

Campaigners fearing a radioactive disaster that could contaminate Scotland’s central belt describe the revelations as “alarming” and “very worrying”. They are demanding that both reactors at Hunterston be decommissioned.

 

 

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