say blockade of Hinkley Point was a success
of demonstrators who blocked the main access road to Hinkley Point
power station near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (October 3rd) to highlight
their opposition to plans for two new nuclear reactors have hailed
the action a success.
The action came after the power station's owner, EDF Energy,
applied for planning permission to build on the site, which is
one of the locations proposed by the Government.
Monday's nine-hour blockade attracted supporters from all over
the UK and some even came from as far afield as Ireland, Germany
New Nuclear spokesperson Andreas Speck claimed the blockade had
been successful in putting the government and EDF on the back
He said: "Today was a celebration of resistance against
the government and EDF Energys plans to spearhead the construction
of eight new nuclear power plants around the UK."
"This blockade shows that people who understand the true
dangers of nuclear power are prepared to use civil disobedience
to get their voice heard. The government has hoodwinked the public
into believing that we need nuclear power to keep the lights on.
But this is totally untrue."
And fellow campaigner Angie Zelter hit out EDFs claims that
Hinkley Point is sustainable. She said: "Over its lifetime,
Hinkley will consume more energy than it produces - if you take
into account the energy used to extract uranium and the power
needed to store radioactive waste for hundreds of years. It doesnt
waste from the proposed new ERP reactors will be so toxic that
it will have to be stored on the site for over 100 years. With
the growth in extreme weather conditions there is no guarantee
that this waste can be stored safely."
During Monday's protest, the campaigners also released 206 helium
balloons with each balloon representing a day that has passed
since the explosions at the Fukushima power plant in Japan earlier
EDF said of 500 employees at the power plant, only essential
staff had been called in and they had arrived by bus at dawn.
Deliveries had been re-scheduled, but the station had still generated
EDF wants to build a the new power station, Hinkley C, at the
site by 2020, which it says would provide enough energy for five
The Environment Agency has recently announced that the deadline
on the public consultation into Hinkley C has been extended from
6th October to 15th December.