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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.

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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What's New

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 - 08:44

Six people were arrested during a mass trespass at the site of the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station as campaigners dodged security staff and police to scale barbed wire-topped fencing.

More than 50 people from an alliance of anti-nuclear organisations were determined to breach the barrier to plant symbolic wildflower seeds on land they believe is being desecrated. A dozen succeeded.

Monday, 8 October, 2012 - 20:50

Anti-nuclear protesters targeted the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station, climbing over and cutting holes in the fence. Police made several arrests.

Demonstrators from a group called 'Stop New Nuclear', today staged a trespass of the proposed nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, near Bridgwater, Somerset. It was the culmination of a weekend of action which began with them setting up a makeshift camp next to the current power station on Friday and a march & rally in Bridgwater on Saturday.

Monday, 8 October, 2012 - 20:28

Seven people have been arrested as anti-nuclear protesters carried out a planned trespass at Hinkley Point.

More than 50 police officers attended the site as a weekend of action against government plans to build a third nuclear reactor drew to a close.

An EDF Energy spokesman said 15 people had trespassed on to its land.

The BBC's Clinton Rogers estimated that 50 protesters had been on site and he said he had seen "a handful" over the other side of the perimeter fence.

Monday, 8 October, 2012 - 18:04

Seven people were arrested during an anti-nuclear protest at Hinkley Point today.

The ‘Stop New Nuclear’ alliance attracted more than 50 protestors in Somerset this morning to stop EDF’s plans to build new nuclear plants at the Hinkley site.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police told ELN the reasons for the arrests included “criminal damage” and “going equipped with the intention of criminal damage”.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012 - 12:51

More than 200 actvitists squatted a field next to Hinkley Point nuclear power station for three days of protests. On Monday 8th October, 50 people stormed the site earmarked for two new mega nuclear reactors. The protest aimed to highlight the huge environmental and financial costs of the government's bid to build 8 new nuclear power stations in the UK. The protest also highlight the huge amounts of highly toxic radioactive waste that will be stored on site for over 100 years if the new EPR reactors are built.

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