March 12, 2011
for Hinkley expansion to be axed following Japanese accident
proposed expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea
should be axed in light of this weekend's nuclear accident in
Japan, according to anti-nuclear campaigners on Saturday (March
The Stop Hinkley group claimed that the explosion at Fukushima
nuclear power station in Japan - which followed Friday's devastating
earthquake and tsunami - demonstrates the risks associated with
"The events in Japan provide yet more evidence that nuclear
power is unsafe," Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey told
"We should immediately shelve plans for any new reactors
in this country, including the Hinkley C proposal."
the Fukushima nuclear power station is releasing radioactive gases
into the atmosphere then it means that its protection mechanisms
have already failed."
He added: "The nuclear industry always says that this sort
of thing cannot happen with modern reactors. How many more warnings
do we need before we realise that this technology is inherently
"The UK may not be an earthquake zone, but there are many
other scenarios which could result in the loss of coolant and
a potential meltdown at a nuclear power station."
"Internal documents leaked from French electricity company
EDF last year showed that the European Pressurised Reactor design
planned for Hinkley Point could suffer from a control mechanism
failure leading to a Chernobyl-type explosion."
An EDF spokesman said on Saturday evening: "All EDF Energys
nuclear power stations are protected against the effects of seismic
events. These measures are detailed in approved safety cases which
are agreed with the regulator and cover all credible seismic events
in the UK."
Pictured, top, is the explosion in Japan and, above, how the
expanded Hinkley Point power station would look