Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima

Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima
We feel very sad for the people of Japan who want to end nuclear energy whilst a potential new government and big business are desperate for it

No Fukushima at Oldbury

No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!

No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!
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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Academics and Concerned Environmentalists write about Hinkley


The French power company , EDF, continues to bully the communities around Hinkley in Somerset.



Letter

Disturbing news from Hinkley Point

We are disturbed to discover that the energy company Electricité de France (EDF) is already proposing to start major preparation work at Hinkley Point in Somerset even before it has permission to build a newnuclear power station.
The work, covering more than 400 acres, will involve the removal of most hedges and trees, rerouting underground streams, closure of all rights of way, and the excavation of more than 2.3m cubic metres of soil and rocks. This would be enough to fill Wembley stadium twice over. It will effectively mean preparing the foundations for the proposed twin reactors.
Nuclear power has many downsides, not least the fact that radioactive waste will be stored at Hinkley Point for up to 100 years after these new reactors have stopped operating. But EDF should not be allowed to justify this precipitate action by saying that "national need for nuclear" demands it move forward with its plans as fast as possible.
There is no reason why we cannot keep the lights on in Britain by a stronger commitment to energy saving, by a continuing (but decreasing) use of cleaner fossil fuels, and through a major expansion of renewable energy sources. If Spain can already meet 35% of its electricity demand from renewables (Spain helps out France in green power surge, 29 December), then Britain, with abundant wind and water resources, could do even better. Nuclear power, with all its attendant risks, should not be part of the mix.
Billy Bragg
Julie Christie
Emily Eavis
Professor David Elliott
Caroline Lucas MP
Michael Meacher MP
Professor Stephen Thomas

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