New nuclear

Given how, last week, some of Britain’s existing nuclear power stations were revealed to have cracks in the reactor cores, I find it a tad surprising that the government is still going ahead with plans to build new stations. (I mean, obviously I don’t because Blair is one of those people who’s all "my way right or wrong".) Seriously, there’s like, six nuclear power stations in the UK with cracks in the graphite bricks that make up the core walls, and according to the Guardian, which says according to official papers, British Energy "does not know the extent of the damage to the reactor cores, cannot monitor their deterioration and does not fully understand why cracking has occurred."

we’re all going to die, aren’t we?


6 responses to “New nuclear

  1. Qiang July 14, 2006 at 2:17 am

    The new generation of reactors won’t have graphite cores (according to this, They’re too expensive to decomission.

  2. Rachel July 14, 2006 at 11:47 am

    But if they don’t have graphite cores, what will they have and will British Energy be able to understand why anything goes wrong with them in 20 years? It’s the “it’s all falling apart and we don’t know why and we don’t know how fast and we don’t really know what to do about it and we can’t shut it down yet cos you’ll all be plunged into darkness” bit I find most disturbing.

  3. Will July 14, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    It’s just a bit of subsidence – what you worrying about? I know someone who can patch that up in a jiffy.
    But seriously though, France gets most of it’s electricity from nuclear power, so why are we so worried?
    It’s just the media scaremongering again. They grab onto a populist agenda and run with it. Take the ID card business – again most of Europe have them – and they don’t sound particularly ‘infringed’. What galls me is that we’ll have to pay for them and they’re being pushed through as a response to terrorism – which they’ll clearly do bollock all about.

  4. Rachel July 14, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    Ah, but you forget the wonderful ability of the British to balls up any project 🙂 And I think the issue with ID cards is not so much the carrying of a small piece of plastic like the rest of Europe, it’s the information that will be carried and the database it will create. This guy seems a bit obsessive about his privacy, but at least he appears to have read the ID cards bill, which I certainly haven’t:,,1817436,00.html

  5. Will July 14, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Did you see that Horizon yesterday about nuclear power? If I did I might have been able to say something enlightening about it, but I didn’t.

  6. Rachel July 15, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    No I didn’t, but I did see a Marcel Theroux thing on nuclear energy a few years back which convinced me that nuclear is probably the best non-fossil fuel option for the time being (don’t remember the exact arguments, we’re talking about two or three years ago). I just don’t trust any company to maintain it safely…

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