Investigations have been launched into four safety incidents at the Hunterston B nuclear power station in North Ayrshire, according to the UK government’s nuclear watchdog.
A report by scientists proposing that Scotland should consider building an array of small nuclear power reactors to help combat climate warming has been dismissed as “disingenuous”.
The UK nuclear safety watchdog has boosted checks on two reactors in Scotland because of proliferating cracks in their graphite cores.
Pressure is mounting to keep two nuclear power reactors at Hunterston in North Ayrshire closed after the company that runs them, EDF Energy, said that it had found more cracks and was again postponing plans to restart.
Cracks that are spreading in two ageing nuclear power reactors at Hunterston in North Ayrshire have delayed plans to reopen them until 2019.
More than 350 cracks have been discovered in an ageing nuclear power reactor at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, breaching an agreed safety limit and prompting calls for a permanent shutdown.
Seven other nuclear power stations in Scotland and England could be under threat after cracks were found at Hunterston.
New cracks have been discovered in one of Scotland’s ageing nuclear reactors, raising radiation safety fears and resulting in a prolonged shutdown.
The nuclear industry is bidding to relax safety standards by doubling the number of cracks allowed in the radioactive cores of Scotland’s ageing reactors.