Health study announced for proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant


Geraint Jones

A STUDY to assess any potential impacts on health and wellbeing has been commissioned as part of plans for a Wylfa Newydd power station.

Andrew Jones, of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), is the independent chairman of the Wylfa Health Impact Assessment Steering Group, which will examine Horizon Nuclear Power’s proposals for a new station.

He said: “Constructive suggestions in mitigation of any potential negative health effects will be made and opportunities to maximise beneficial health effects will be identified.

“This is a balanced, scientific process which will be used to help inform decision-making. The process will not make decisions in relation to the development.”

The group includes representatives of Public Health Wales; BCUHB; the Welsh Government; Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit; Anglesey Council; Ben Cave Associates; and Horizon Nuclear Power, which is owned by Hitachi Ltd.
Mr Jones said the assessment process was “at an early stage” and would involve community engagement.

He added: “The assessment process uses quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques to identify the potential effects on health, wellbeing and health inequities – both positive and negative – of the proposed development.

The full and final health impact assessment report will inform the development process and will be made publicly available by Horizon Nuclear Power as part of its public consultation and planning application programme.

“Although a health impact assessment is not a statutory requirement for current energy applications, Horizon Nuclear Power has responded positively to recommendations and has commissioned the study to identify any positive and potentially negative health effects and, if needed, appropriate measures for improvement.”

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