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Blockaders release 206 balloons to spotlight radiation threat

Protesters blocking the entrance to Hinkley Point nuclear power station will release a total of 206 helium balloons at midday. Each balloon represents a day that has passed since the catastrophic explosions at the Fukushima power plant in Japan.

The balloons are printed with radiation symbols and carry a message asking the finder to text a designated telephone number with their location.

The journey will then be mapped to show residents in the south west of the UK how vulnerable they are to radioactive contamination in the event of an accident at Hinkley Point.

‘We aim to illustrate how many people are at risk of being permanently evacuated from their home in the case of a nuclear accident,’ said Nikki Clark, from South West Against Nuclear.

She added: ‘We know there are cleaner, safer alternatives to new nuclear. Germany has committed to a nuclear-free future. If they can do it, why can’t we?’

For more information contact Camilla Berens on: 07811 451417

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