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Flood defence cuts could put nuclear sites at risk

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Issue 2391
Jo Smolden

Jo Smolden (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Flood defence projects around nuclear sites were among those that didn’t go ahead because of funding cuts.

And the Tories’ planned new Hinckley Point C plant would be on land at risk of erosion and surrounded by flood plains. 

The high level waste it would generate could not be transported for more than 100 years.

“It worries me that they’re exposing the whole area to risk of flooding with nuclear waste for three generations,” Jo Smolden from Chedzoy told Socialist Worker.

As if the threat of a new Fukushima in Somerset wasn’t enough, energy firms can now bid for licences to frack for shale gas in areas currently hit by floods.

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