[DEBATE] : Fw: Report raises Koeberg safety concerns
bryan at earthlife.org.za
Thu Aug 17 16:13:13 BST 2006
> Report raises Koeberg safety concerns Melanie Gosling
> August 17 2006 at 07:19AM
> Eskom has been slammed for its negligence, poor maintenance and bad
> management, which led to a spate of power failures in the Western Cape,
> the public has expressed fears of the increased risk of a nuclear accident
> on the doorstep of the city.
> Reacting to findings in the report by the National Energy Regulator
> South Africa (Nersa) released on Tuesday, members of the public have also
> queried whether Eskom should be allowed to build yet another nuclear power
> station at Koeberg - the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR).
> They have said if the staff cannot do the job properly, Eskom must
> new staff.
> The environmental NGO Earthlife Africa said it was "appalled" by the
> Nersa report.
> 'Eight months after the start of the problems'
> "Safety at a nuclear power station is of the highest concern. The
> potential for accidents and the consequences of such accidents have been
> well illustrated by events at Chernobyl and in the US and Japan," Maya
> Aberman of Earthlife said.
> "It is shocking that this information is coming to light eight months
> after the start of the problems at Koeberg. How many more mistakes before
> Koeberg's licence is suspended?" she asked.
> Aberman also found it alarming that Nersa had made these discoveries,
> and not the National Nuclear Regulator.
> Angela Andrews, the Legal Resources Centre attorney representing
> Earthlife in litigation against Eskom around its proposed PBMR, said a
> recent seminar in Cape Town on disaster management had shown that key
> of disasters were human error and bad management.
> "If the Nersa report shows there is already human error and
> at Koeberg's nuclear reactor, can Eskom guarantee the safety of
> Do they have an evacuation plan? And what is the value of Eskom's claim
> the proposed PBMR nuclear power plant is 'walk-away safe', if it is human
> error, and not the technology, which causes accidents? This report makes a
> mockery of their assurances," Andrews said.
> Albert Schuitmaker, of the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and
> Industry, said Nersa's report raised "grave concerns" about Eskom's
> to manage the province's electricity infrastructure. Schuitmaker added
> Nersa's plan of fining Eskom was "puzzling", saying the money would be
> better spent on staff training and generating new power capacity for the
> Hendrik Schmidt, of the Democratic Alliance, agreed that monetary
> fines would not be effective. "Instead pressure should be applied on Eskom
> to hold the responsible individuals accountable."
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