UK decide to postpone nuclear plans over Japan disaster

The UK have decided to postpone plans for the next batch of nuclear reactors for three months following safety fears and the problems with the Fukushima power plant in Japan.

The original report, which is being produced by the Health and Safety Executive and Environment Agency, was expected in June this year, but this has now been delayed until at least September.

The UK’s chief nuclear Inspector Mike Weightman has been commissioned to produce a report on what the British government should do to avoid a Fukushima-style problem and what the UK can learn from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

This seems to be the sensible option for all parties, as there is no point rushing proposals for UK nuclear power stations without a) knowing what will happen in Japan and b) knowing exactly what to do and how to stop a similar event to Fukushima happening in the UK.

EDF Energy’s Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz said this is a “sensible step which means the train remains on track… there will be additional check points on the way, quite rightly, to learn lessons from Japan.”

This announcement follows that the announcement that Prime Minister is championing the use of nuclear energy and praising it’s safety.

This is a good move by the UK and nuclear experts, so they can gather all the facts and prevent a Fukushima-style incident occurring in Britain. Yes it’s unlikely, but there’s no harm in preparing properly, seeing as Fukushima and the radiation levels continue to increase and get worse, as recent reports indicate that radiation in the water around Fukushima increased to 7.5 MILLION times more than the legal limit.

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Posted on April 7, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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