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Fighting new nuclear power stations in the UK

Samedi, 29 Mars, 2014 (Jour entier) - Mardi, 3 Mars, 2015 (Jour entier)

EDF is Eagerly Destroying Fields even though it doesn’t yet have permission to build the reactors - nor does it have approval for the reactor design, or even a final investment decision.

The new EPR reactor design will produce radioactive waste that is so toxic that it will have to be stored on site for over 100 years. The dangers associated with flooding, terrorist attack and accidental leakage are totally unacceptable.

NO MORE NUCLEAR BAILOUTS

The movement against the government's so-called 'nuclear renaissance' is winning….but we must keep up the pressure. Out of the eight new nuclear power stations supported by the coalition government when it came into power, only two are still on the table: Hinkley in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk.

French-owned EDF Energy - the owner of Hinkley and Sizewell - is pressuring the government to increase the range of hidden subsidies on offer in a desperate bid to attract interest from sceptical investors. THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN.

If EDF gets its way, it will be a double whammy for us - and for future generations. It will mean we pay twice: once as taxpayers and once as consumers through our energy bills.

We say put the £60bn earmarked for 'new nuclear' into a cleaner, greener, fairer future. The way forward is through energy reduction and greater investment into research and development to make renewable energy and energy storage fit for the 21st century.

We need to create a long term sustainable energy plan that is based on meeting people's needs rather than making profits for investors. In May, energy secretary Charles Hendry told ministers at a select committee hearing that the government’s energy policy would be robust enough without including nuclear in the mix. It's time we moved energy policy forwards rather than backwards.

NUCLEAR IS NOT THE ANSWER

....Chernobyl
The crisis is far from over: the sarcophagus covering the doomed Russian reactor is falling apart. Only this year, governments finally approved the funding for a new one. The human population in the most heavily contaminated territories is in decline. In Belarus 80% of children were born healthy before Chernobyl. Now, just 26 years later, only 20% of children are born healthy.

.....Fukushima
Thanks to people power, all of Japan's reactors have now been turned off. For the first time in over half a century Japan is nuclear free. However, the crisis at Fukushima is far from over.

  • The Japanese people are footing the bill. The company behind the power station, Tepco, has had to be re-nationalised because of the spiralling cost of compensation and the ongoing attempts to stabilise the reactors.
  • Many people are still living in heavily contaminated areas that should have been evacuated.
  • Food across Japan is heavily contaminated and people are being encouraged to support the farmers of Fukushima by eating it.
  • The triple meltdown is still in full swing.
  • All of the fuel pools in reactors 1,2,3 & 4 are in bad condition.
  • The pool in reactor 4 is of particular concern. Thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods are at risk of further explosions. If such an event occurs, high levels of radioactive contamination could spread as far as Tokyo and wipe out Japan's commercial infrastructure.

WE WANT A FUTURE, NOT A DISASTER

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Jeudi, 23 Juin, 2011 - 21:48

The multi-billion pound expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea came a step closer on Thursday (June 23rd) when the government announced the nuclear plant is on a list of eight sites deemed suitable for new power stations by the year 2025.

The announcement comes despite the Fukushima disaster in Japan when the future of nuclear was called into question in several countries when the huge earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown in the reactors with radioactivity leaking from the plant.

Jeudi, 23 Juin, 2011 - 21:32

Ministers have announced plans for the next generation of UK nuclear plants.

The government confirmed a list of eight sites it deems suitable for new power stations by 2025, all of which are adjacent to existing nuclear sites.

The sites are: Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.

The announcement comes three months after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Jeudi, 23 Juin, 2011 - 21:47

BRIDGWATER is set to be the national focus of one of the biggest protests seen against nuclear power in this country.

Anti-nuclear campaigners are joining forces to blockade Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.

Since the Fukushima nuclear power station was fatally crippled by the Japanese tsunami earlier this year, an increasing number of countries have decided to veto nuclear power.

Lundi, 11 Juillet, 2011 - 20:25

ANTI-nuclear campaigners from all over the UK are planning to converge on West Somerset later this year for a “mass non-violent blockade” of Hinkley Point.

Groups across the country have united for the protests and refer to the event as a “Ghandi-style display of civil disobedience”.

They openly admit they will be risking arrest by blockading the access road to the site but believe the it is a risk worth taking to get their message across to the Government.

Mercredi, 15 Juin, 2011 - 11:49

With Italy being the latest European country to reject nuclear power, a coalition of anti-nuclear groups in Britain has announced plans to hold a mass non-violent blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on 3rd October. The plant, near Bridgwater in Somerset, is expected to be the site of the first new nuclear power station, if current plans go ahead.

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