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Fighting new nuclear power stations in the UK

Saturday, 29 March, 2014 (All day) to Tuesday, 3 March, 2015 (All day)

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.


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.


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.

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.


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What's New

Sunday, 5 February, 2012 - 14:37

If you want to take the coach from Bristol on Monday morning, (8.30 am, outside @Bristol £10/£6 waged/unwaged) please let SWAN know as soon as possible so they know how many seats they need. Tickets will be on sale at Booty, 82 Colston St, Bristol from the end of next week. The coach will arrive at the blockade around 10am as part of the second wave of blockaders.

Contact: South West Against Nuclear, swanactive [at]

Monday, 19 September, 2011 - 17:05


Sergeant Craig Kirk, Avon & Somerset police, Inspector Bruce Turnbull, Avon & Somerset police, Andreas Speck, Stop New Nuclear, Angie Zelter, Stop New Nuclear.

The meeting took place in the Tobacco factory in Bristol. Both Andreas and Angie took notes.

Inspector Bruce Turnbull introduced himself. He normally works as a negotiator, and on the days of the demonstration in Bridgwater and blockade at Hinkley he will be our communication channel to Ch Supt Tilley, who will be silver commander. The bronze commander will be Ch Insp Paul Richards.

Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 08:53

Dear all,

welcome to our fifth Stop New Nuclear newsletter. With little more than two weeks to go, we need to make a last effort to mobilise even more people to the blockade of Hinkley Point on 3 October. More than 100 people have pledged to blockade, and 150 to support - can we reach the total of 300 pledgers within the next two weeks? Or even 400? Please help us to spread the information, and ask your friends, family, colleagues, ... to pledge.

Friday, 16 September, 2011 - 19:50

If you are based in London and want to meet fellow blockaders, there will be a training session and get-together this Sunday, September 18th. The session will be from 1pm - 5pm at the London Action Resource Centre, 52 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES. Tea and cake will be available. The session will go through the logistics of the weekend camp and give everyone an insight into the different roles they can play at the blockade itself.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 - 12:00

Below is a map of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on OpenStreetMap. You can zoom in or out on the map, to view more details.

You can also switch the background map to a different style using the layer switcher, which you can access by clicking on the + on the top right side of the map.


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