THE TRUE FACTS ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER
Why it is: Unaffordable - Dangerous - Unnecessary - Bad For The Environment
WHETHER FROM RADICAL GROUPS OR STATE SPONSERED, TERRORISM POSES A VERY REAL THREAT
Nuclear power stations are an easy target for Terrorists whether radicalised groups or state sponsored actors.
Nuclear power stations are an easy target for terrorists. As we know from the Ukraine, and from other accidents, all that has to happen to create a catastrophic event at a Nuclear Power plant is for the cooling water to be cut off.
This seemed to be a close run thing at Chernobyl as recently as May 2022, when the Russian army took over the defunct station and foe a while power was lost to the cooling system. Was this an accident of war? Or, as some commentators have suggested, Russia flexing its muscles and saying "Look what we can do - watch out!"?
After the attack on the Twin Towers in New York known as 9.11, the threat from the air from terrorists became a big issue. A few days after the event our local ITV station hired a small plane and saw just how easy it was to fly up the Severn Estuary, going repeatedly over Oldbury and Berkeley Nuclear power stations without challenge.
Cyber warfare. Frighteningly, it is not even necessary to physically attack a nuclear power station. It’s electronic systems can be hacked into and the station crippled from thousands of miles away.
In March 2016, a Brussels-based gang of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, who had coordinated a massacre on Brussels airport and Metro, were planning an attack on one of the country's nuclear power plants. Brussels police say they deduced that the terror group were planning to kidnap the senior nuclear official in a bid to force him to give the extremists access to atomic sites. Police subsequently evacuated the Tihange nuclear power plant an hours drive from Brussels and the Doel nuclear power plant in Antwerp.