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Workers Terrified By What They Find Outside Nuclear Plant

Nuclear power plant workers are accustomed to being around potentially dangerous materials, but this discovery left them rattled.

An unexploded bomb from World War II has been discovered in a body of water next to a nuclear power plant in Britain. The conventional bomb was the third munition to be discovered in the area and “was found off Lilstock Range, just west from Steart point and Bridgwater in Somerset.” According to the Guardian, the bomb’s location was very close to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Hinkley Point C nuclear power station “will be the UK’s first new nuclear plant for more than two decades” and is currently under preparatory construction. Unfortunately, the massive project is already “£1.5bn over budget and a year behind schedule.”

The WWII-era bomb was unearthed by divers in the Bristol Channel who came upon the old yet still deadly weapon during a routine dive to “clear the seabed for intake and outtake pipes for cooling water for the [nuclear] reactors.” The surrounding area is owned by the British Government and was previously used as a training range for the British Army. According to the BBC, the training ground wasn’t the only area used by the military as “The coast around Lilstock was used as part of a practice bombing range for the Royal Navy.”

At this stage, HM Coastguard has secured the surrounding area and closed off this section of the Bristol Channel until ordinance experts can inspect the weapon and dispose of it with a “controlled explosion.” The Guardian clarified this information in a later report, writing: “The explosive ordnance disposal team plans to detonate the ordnance at 6 p.m. today.” Ieuan Williams, an officer in the HM Coastguard, also emphasized that: “Until that time we have taken measures to...clear the area of vessels to keep the public safe.”

This isn’t the first bomb that has been discovered in the Bristol Channel. In fact, this bomb is the third unexploded munition to be found in the Channel in as many weeks. Three weeks prior to the latest discovery, divers happened upon a 500-pound bomb while “reconnoitering 2.5 miles off the coast.” A second bomb, a 250-pound weapon, was found closer to Hinkley Point a week later. Both of the unexploded bombs have been exploded in controlled detonations.

David Eccles, the head of the nuclear station project at Hinkley Point, has explained that the discoveries are not happening by chance, telling the Guardian: “It is normal practice to check the seabed before construction activity starts on any marine project,” adding that "We have put a cordon zone around the area and are working closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Royal Navy."

Eccles also emphasized that the repeated bomb discoveries posed no threat to Hinkley Point or its workforce, telling the BBC: “The safety of the public and our workforce is our priority, and we have a team of 10 divers checking the seabed ahead of the construction of the main cooling water tunnels and associated seabed structures for Hinkley Point C.”

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