December 30, 2010
Point protesters join new nationwide pressure group
fighting the proposed expansion of Hinkley Point power station
near Burnham-On-Sea have this week joined a new nationwide group
that aims to halt the development.
Communities Opposed to New Nuclear Energy Development (CONNED)
brings together groups around seven sites earmarked for possible
development Hinkley Point, Sizewell in Suffolk, Bradwell
in Essex, Wylfa on Anglesey, Oldbury In Gloucestershire, Sellafield
in Cumbria and Hartlepool in County Durham.
The aim of the group is to raise public awareness about the consequences
for health, the environment, safety and security of potential
new nuclear power developments, as well as supporting alternative
energy, say organisers.
The alliance is supported by national campaign groups including
Greenpeace, the Nuclear Consultation Group and Nuclear Free Local
At Hinkley Point, EDF has already dug trenches and boreholes
across a 430 acre stretch of countryside, and now wants to begin
"Its clear that the industry wants to give the impression
that everything is signed, sealed and delivered, hoping that the
opposition will fade away," CONNED spokesman Crispin Aubrey
"In fact, this is far from being the case. Opposition is
strong and some investment analysts even argue that it will be
extremely difficult for the companies to finance these expensive
"A series of hurdles still have to be overcome by the companies
wanting to build new nuclear plants before they even get planning
permission. These include regulatory approval for their new reactor
designs, agreement on how much they will contribute towards decommissioning
and waste costs and, crucially, building consent from the Infrastructure
Planning Commission. All these will take much more than a year."
He added: "CONNED argues that the country is in danger of
sleep-walking into a future where Britain is once again in hock
to an industry with a massive legacy of dangerous waste and a
voracious appetite for public subsidy."