Nuclear developments

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) All Ireland Forum held its Spring 2012 seminar in the Council Chamber of Dundalk Town Hall on Friday, April 20.

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) All Ireland Forum held its Spring 2012 seminar in the Council Chamber of Dundalk Town Hall on Friday, April 20.

The seminar considered two key energy issues including the prospects for major new nuclear developments in England and Wales and the potential for developing sustainable energy communities in Ireland.

The NFLA Secretary and the independent marine pollution consultant Tim Deere-Jones outlined the wide range and the potential risks to the Irish Sea and the Irish coastline of new nuclear developments in England and Wales.

Along with up to eight coastal sites for hosting new nuclear reactors – four of which are on the Irish Sea coast - there are also possible developments of a plutonium reprocessing facility at Sellafield and eventually a deep-underground radioactive waste repository that may also be located in West Cumbria.

NFLA All Ireland Forum Co-Chair Cllr Mark Dearey said: “The major expansion of proposed new nuclear developments... just a short distance from the Irish coast...concerns me.”