25 years ago this week: Friday, October 31, 1986

ONE hundred per cent of the population of Alnwick could be wiped out if a meltdown occurred at the proposed nuclear power station at Druridge Bay.

And the largest accident the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) says it could deal with is some 333 times smaller than this, according to American engineer Dr Charles Wakstein.

In a report commissioned by the Druridge Bay Campaign entitled Chernobyl at Druridge? Dr Wakstein examines the consequences of a major accident equivalent to five to 10 Chernobyls, the evacuation plans and medical treatment in the event, and the likelihood of such a disaster occurring.

He concludes that if safety evacuation and decontamination proceedures were not followed in the days after the accident the high radiation doses would result in mostly 100 per cent cancer deaths in Alnwick, Blyth, Morpeth and Ashington.

To avoid this, says Dr Wakstein, these places would have to be made ghost towns for between 50 and 77 years.

On Monday Dr Wakstein criticised the CEGB for hiding behind the odds.