I refer to the article EADT 31st May in which Paul Morton, Sizewell B station director, announced EDF are to close the plant for two months. He boasts it is for routine maintenance it having run for 485 days producing low carbon energy. This is the only time nuclear is 'low carbon', while the reactor runs between outages. 485 days this time, is not even 18 months as stated, which is 545 days! Was there an urgency which brought about a 60 days (two months) early closure which us locals should know about? With an increase of 200 imported specialists more than the normal 1000, was it the urgency of the work to the turbines necessitating this early closure or maybe other important issues? Will the normal £60mill cost for this outage be exceeded I wonder?

Now begins the real high carbon production as Sizewell B is 'switched off' when the 1200 highly skilled specialists are flown in from around the world. Along with the 538 regular  workers employed at SW B, an extra 262 employees to total 800 as stated, will descend on the 'shut down' to carry out, I presume, the general maintenance tasks, while the highly skilled 1200 will endeavor to move some of the very dangerous spent fuel rods to what are known as 'the ponds'. All requiring immense amounts of outside sourced electricity from the National Grid  to run all of their massive demands. The spent fuel rods will sit in the ponds for 5 years when, after, they will be moved to the American designed 'Hi Storm ' 6 metre high containers we have seen shown off in earlier EADT feature articles and placed on site in the £200million dry fuel hanger for centuries. Until such time, we are told, a so called 'Geological Deposit Facility' site can be secured. Once there, to be stored for at least 20,000 years, buried deep into the earth and having to be accessed at all times to monitor the casings condition for lethal leakages. 'Low carbon,' don't make me laugh Mr Paul Morton.

As I said in an earlier letter, this is really dangerous stuff we are dealing with, a cupful if exposed onto the centre spot at a sports stadium would kill everybody in a few minutes. (BBC Radio Four Programme 'Dismantling a Nuclear Power Station')

From the dangerous  mining of the uranium, global transportation, conversion to enriched nuclear power station plutonium, designing and building the complicated plants over decades, outages and eventual decommissioning and dismantling over tens of decades all creating very high carbon and of course the waste storage forever!   Don't be fooled by the sales promotion rhetoric and PR.

Bob Hoggar