sign petition opposed to expansion of Hinkley Point
petition signed by more than 12,000 people opposed to the planned
expansion of Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea is
to be handed in at Downing Street next week.
Stop Hinkley campaign group has collected 12,750 signatures from
people against the government department responsible for the UKs
policy on nuclear power.
Hinkley spokeswoman Katy Attwater says: "The petition shows
the strength of opposition to plans by energy company Electricite
de France to build the UKs largest ever nuclear power station."
The petition will be handed in at Downing Street and at the Department
of Energy and Climate Change in London on 6th December.
Members of Stop Hinkley will be accompanied by Burnham-On-Sea
MP Tessa Munt and Green Party Leader and MP Caroline Lucas.
Addressed to Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate
Change, the petition states: "We, the undersigned, strongly
oppose the plan by EDF to construct a new nuclear power station
at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Instead, a government-backed programme
of energy saving and clean renewable energy would combat climate
change and avoid the risks of a catastrophic accident, dangers
to health and the storage of highly radioactive waste at Hinkley
for 160 years."
EDF recently submitted its application for construction of the
power station to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
EDF Energy says its application, which was submitted to the Infrastructure
Planning Commission on 31st October, is the culmination of three
years of extensive informal engagement and formal consultation.
"During the formal consultation, EDF directly engaged with
almost 6,500 consultees, held 34 public exhibitions and 67 meetings
with local authorities and other stakeholder groups, and attracted
109,000 visitors to its project website. More than 2,000 formal
responses were received, from which 33,000 comments were processed
in a detailed consultation report, which forms part of the application,"
said a spokesman.