Why you should be concerned!
In 1982 they decided they needed to dispose of ash to landfill and four lakes were filled. Later lakes were filled but the Authorities insisted that clay bunds be used to prevent leachate. This meant huge construction effort was required, with further damage to the lake-side environment. These bunds are compromising the floodplain. RWE NPower who took over the operation of Didcot Power Station have, during their tenure, dumped more ash than the original estimates made by the CEGB who were the original body responsible for the Power Station.
the course of trying to prevent the destruction of these Lakes, we have
discovered that PFA is far from as safe is it has been purported to
be, particularly when considered in the light of the huge quantities
involved (several millions of tonnes) and the location of the site.
Friends of the Earth have stated Didcot Power Station is one of the Dinosaurs responsible for pollution.
It is interesting that Didcot B Power Station, fuelled by Gas, has problems with its turbines which generate the electricity because they bought untried technology - it was cheap - we heard it from their own lips at the Institution of Electrical Engineers Lecture on Tuesday 21st February 2006. So, Didcot A is filling the gap left by Didcot B, and also because Gas is more expensive (but cleaner) they are also using Didcot A in preference because of the cheap electricity it can generate from cheap coal!
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