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Global anti-nuclear protests mark six month anniversary of Fukushima on 9/11

Campaigners opposed to the UK’s government’s ‘nuclear renaissance’ will be taking part in a global wave of action in support of communities in Japan who are calling for an end to nuclear power.

This year, September 11th marks two disasters. Not only will the spotlight turn to the US and the tenth anniversary of 9/11 but also to the hundreds of thousands who have been affected by the nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant since it began exactly six months ago.

“The media spotlight may have moved away from Fukushima but radiation continues to pour out of the power plant, contaminating the air, soil and sea,” says Nikki Clark, spokesperson for the Stop New Nuclear alliance. “If Germany can commit itself to a nuclear-free future using bridging technologies like combined heat and power (CHP), why can’t we?”

From September 11th, the UK-based Stop New Nuclear alliance will be holding a series of events to highlight the dangers of nuclear power – and to demand safer alternatives such as CHP. This will culminate in a mass blockade of Somerset’s Hinkley Point power station on October 3rd.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan who are experiencing the horrors of a nuclear accident first hand,” Clark continues. “We urge people in the UK to join us in a mass act of civil disobedience to protest against EDF Energy’s preparations to build two mega-reactors in Somerset. Fukushima has already been described as the worse industrial accident ever. When will governments learn that nuclear power has no place in the 21st century?’

And the Stop New Nuclear alliance has slammed the UK government’s recent interim review of the UK’s ageing nuclear power stations. ‘It’s completely irresponsible for the government to give the go-ahead to eight new nuclear plants when it’s still impossible to make a full assessment of the situation in Japan, let alone the safety of the UK’s nuclear fleet,’ says co-spokesperson Zoe Smith. ‘The Weightman report is more whitewash. We will never be able to rule out human error and this makes nuclear power intrinsically unsafe and potentially lethal.’

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Notes to the editor: A weekend protest camp will be held near Hinkley Point nuclear power plant on 1-2 October. This will be followed by a mass blockade outside the plant on Monday 3rd October. For more details, please contact:
Nikki Clark, Stop New Nuclear: 07736-930069
Angie Zelter, Trident Ploughshares: 07835-354652
Camilla Berens, Kick Nuclear: 07980 509986

More information on the mass blockade can be found at: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk

A Greenpeace report on the use of combined heat and power as alternative to a nuclear-powered future can be found at:
www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/reports/decentralising-power-an-energy-revol...

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