Calls for Anglesey-wide evacuation drills in case of 'serious nuclear accident'

Published date: 27 November 2014 |
Published by: Mike Williams 
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Wylfa, Cemaes Bay. 

EMERGENCY evacuation exercises should be conducted on Anglesey in case of a “serious nuclear accident” at Wylfa, energy campaigners have said. 

The People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) group has accused Horizon Nuclear, UK energy regulators and both Welsh and UK governments of treating island residents as “sacrificial lambs” due to the lack of preparations for how best to evacuate the island’s population. 

PAWB spokesman Dylan Morgan said: “Horizon Nuclear has failed to date to begin real-time, regular, annual emergency evacuation exercises of the population of Anglesey, in the event of serious nuclear accident at any of the proposed mega nuclear reactors at Wylfa. 

“Every engineered kit is prone to failure, at unforeseeable time in unforeseeable conditions. 

“The entire populace of Anglesey should be physically evacuated, on ward basis, during nuclear emergency preparedness exercises. 

“How else are the ordinary citizens on Anglesey (of all ages, abilities and disabilities) to know how to act calmly and sensibly in practice, in the interest of safety and security of their loved ones and neighbors?” 

In response, a Horizon Nuclear Power spokesperson said: “We take our responsibilities on the subject of emergency arrangements very seriously and we won’t be able to proceed to operation without having a regulator-approved plan in place. 

“In the highly unlikely event the plan ever needs to be used, the response will be in proportion to the nature of the incident and it’s almost impossible to see a scenario where the island would need to be evacuated. 

“This mirrors the development of the existing emergency plan for the current nuclear power station at Wylfa.” 

The company said it does intend to publish an emergency plan. 

Horizon Nuclear Power expect the plant to create 1,000 jobs on Anglesey. 

More than 400 people from North West Wales have attended public exhibitions about the proposed plant. 

People wanting to have their say have until December 8 to respond. 

PAWB labelled the consultation a “sham”. 

A second phase of consultation will follow and the final planning application is scheduled for 2017. 

Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon, said: “The Wylfa Newydd Project will create opportunities for communities, inspire young people and boost local businesses for many decades.” 

The current WYLFA power station will continue to generate energy until the end of 2015. 

Consultation events will be held at Wylfa Sports and Social Club, Cemaes Bay from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 20, and the Amlwch Agewell Centre, Memorial Hall from 2pm to 8pm on Friday, November 21. 

For more information or to give feedback, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation. 

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