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LIVE NEXT TO WIND FARM OR NUCLEAR REACTOR?  BRITISH TOWN HAS ALREADY MADE ITS CHOICE

Friday, October 29th, 2010

When Your Energy, a wind British developer, proposed putting 12 30-story windmills at Hinckley Point on the Somerset coast, it expected to be greeted by residents with open arms.


Instead, it has gotten the cold shoulder. “No thanks,” Somerset residents told the company, “we’ve already got our nuclear power plant.”
 â€¨"I didn’t know much about wind farms, but when they try to dump one in the area you represent, you find out about them pretty damn quick," Anthony Trollope-Bellew, a Somerset county councillor who represents the area told the British newspaper, The Independent. "The more I found out, the less I liked them."
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Somerset residents soon heard stories about the unavoidable low humming noise and the resulting medical condition called “wind turbine syndrome,” first identified by British physician Amanda Harry. They also believed the huge industrial structures would ruin "one of the few relatively unspoilt stretches of coastline left in Somerset". 



Residents are also attachment to the Hinckley Point Nuclear Station, first commission in 1965. Although the aging plant was recently downgraded from 500 MW to 221 MW because of corrosion problems, it would still be producing ten times more electricity than the giant windmills. "People had been living with nuclear power stations since 1960 with no problems and the nuclear stations were less visually obstructive,” said Trollope-Bellew.



After eighteen months of research, Somerset residents were ready. They easily defeated the windmill proposal. Now they are preparing to welcome what they really want. The British government has just announced it will use the proposed windmill site to build a new reactor at Hinckley Point.


Read more at the Independent