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Wave of Fukushima-based protests warn of ‘new age of risk’ for UK’s nuclear power stations

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Opponents of nuclear power will be converging all over the UK next week to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster - and to highlight the precarious state of Britain’s own nuclear reactors.

The recent spate of flooding has once again highlighted the vulnerability of the UK’s nuclear power stations. In particular, Hinkley Point nuclear power station is close to the centre of the recent floods and earthquake in Somerset.

Getting away with it?

Two protestors from the Stop New Nuclear Mass Trespass at Hinkley Point Somerset who had been bailed to Bridgwater police station were released on Monday without charge, despite the fact that one of them had been arrested in possession of a set of boltcroppers as they made for the fence in order to cut through it. The police could have charged the two with the offence of 'going equipped' but it seems that EDF are so desperate to try and stop the campaign grabbing headlines that they have decided not to press charges.

Update on mass trespass at Hinkley Point

Press release
08.10.12

The Stop New Nuclear Alliance can now confirm that a total of six people have been arrested following the mass trespass at Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Around 30 people managed to get over the perimeter fence. Three people attached themselves to the fence with bicycle locks. More than 20 others gathered outside the main gate.

Anti-nuclear activists claims major victory in mass trespass

Press release for immediate use
8.10.12

At least eight protesters have been arrested during a mass trespass at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset.

More than 50 people swooped on the perimeter fence of the land earmarked for two new EPR mega-reactors next to the existing power plant just after dawn.

Dozens fanned out around the 5-miles long fence while others held banners and placards outside the main security gate. A 14-foot banner reading, “Nuclear disaster zone. Boycott EDF” was hung across the gate.

Nuclear engineer slams industry safety standards: speech given at anti-nuclear protest rally

Press release
For immediate use
06.10.12

A specialist engineer who worked at Hinkley Point nuclear power station for almost 30 years yesterday slammed the nuclear industry’s approach to safety and predicted that a Fukushima-type disaster in the UK was ‘almost inevitable’.

NEW GREEN PARTY LEADER TO JOIN MASS TRESPASS AT NUCLEAR POWER STATION: 08/10/12

Press release for immediate use
03.10.12

Protesters from all over the UK will be joined by the new Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, on a mass trespass demonstration at Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Hundreds are expected to converge at a weekend protest camp before many attempt to scale the fence surrounding land earmarked for the controversial Hinkley C power plant in Somerset.

Anti-nuclear activists claim double record at Hinkley Point demo

Press release: 11 March 2012

For more information contact Nancy Birch on: 07980 509986

On the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, anti-nuclear campaigners claimed two records in two days. The mass protest at Hinkley Point nuclear power station on Saturday attracted more than 1,000 people from all over the UK – the largest protests against a the construction of a nuclear power station in four decades.

Mass anti-nuclear rally marks a ‘turning of the tide’

Press release: 10 March 2012

For more information contact Nancy Birch on: 07527-219476

The Stop New Nuclear alliance has hailed today’s mass rally at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station as the largest anti-nuclear protest in three decades.

Over 1,000 people from all over the UK converged at the main gates of EDF Energy’s Somerset power station to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and to call for an end to the government’s ‘nuclear renaissance.’

Jonathon Porritt, Caroline Lucas MP and CND’s Kate Hudson to join anti-nuclear protest on eve of Fukushima anniversary: programme of events on Saturday March 10th 2012

Press release: for immediate use
Date: 8th March 2012
Contact: Nancy Birch on 07980-509986

Leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Caroline Lucas MP will join demonstrators at Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster - and to call for a halt to the development of Hinkley C. Kate Hudson, chair of CND will also be speaking at the event.

Jonathon Porritt, Caroline Lucas MP and CND’s Kate Hudson to join anti-nuclear protest on eve of Fukushima anniversary: Saturday March 10th 2012

Press release: for immediate use
Date: 8th March 2012
Contact: Nancy Birch on 07980-509986

Leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Caroline Lucas MP will join demonstrators at Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster - and to call for a halt to nuclear energy expansion. Kate Hudson, chair of CND, will also be speaking at the event.

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