Uproar over new Duynefontein nuclear site

The Koeberg Alert Alliance says it will head to court, if necessary, to prove that serious environmental concerns have been overlooked.

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CAPE TOWN - Civil society organisations are gearing up for another anti-nuclear battle, this time over government's environmental approval for another nuclear facility in Cape Town.

The approval for a 4,000-megawatt facility at Duynefontein, adjacent to the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, comes at a time when it's believed new Energy Minister David Mahlobo was appointed to the job to speed-up government's nuclear build programme.

The Koeberg Alert Alliance says it will head to court, if necessary, to prove that serious environmental concerns have been overlooked.

Initially, it appeared that Thyspunt between Oyster Bay and St Francis Bay was the favoured site of the five proposed by government for its new nuclear build programme.

Now government says it’s more logical for another nuclear plant to be built next to an existing station, and that environmental impacts will be lower.

Not so, Peter Becker of the Koeberg Alert Alliance said: “One of the major concerns of the Duynefontein site is the risk of seismic activity. We know there’s a Milnerton fault line in the area and that’s been active in the past and there’s been some activity in the past, and that has not been looked at very well.”

The public has until 31 October to notify the Environmental Affairs Department of intentions to appeal the decision.