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Views sought over n-plant closure
Oldbury Power Station
Most of the buildings will be removed in the early stages
People are to get the chance to comment on proposals to decommission the Oldbury nuclear power station.

The station is due to cease generating electricity at the end of 2008, and the statement looks at the plans and impact of the site's clearance.

The document examines the consequences for the site for more than 100 years.

A series of information sessions are due to be run for people to find out more and make their concerns known before decisions are finally taken.

Information sessions
Thornbury, St Mary Centre, 12 May 0900 - 1700 BST
Lydney library, 17 May, 1200 - 1900 BST
Coleford Music Festival, 27-28 May, all day
Chepstow library, 31 May, 1200 - 1900 BST
Oldbury Fun Run, 17 June, all day

The project includes the removal of most of the buildings at the South Gloucestershire site, storage of intermediate level waste in a new, purpose-built complex until it can be safely removed and alterations to the existing reactor building prior to its total removal.

The statement examines the environmental impacts of decommissioning Oldbury, and covers everything from traffic movements and the visual impact on the local community to the potential socio-economic impacts and the effect on air quality, surface waters and geology.

Also included are efforts to protect wildlife, including badgers, great crested newts, slowworms and sea clover.

Copies of the document are available for inspection at libraries in the area or can be downloaded from the website.

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