Published:
July 27, 2016
Hinkley Point campaigners in last-ditch call to Minister to halt project

Anti-nuclear campaigners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have called on the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ditch proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

Ahead of an expected Final Investment Decision by EDF’s Board this Thursday (28th July), the Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to Greg Clark to ask him to stamp his own mark on energy policy by halting the Hinkley plans.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: "Now even the financial press says Hinkley Point C has become a laughing stock. The cost keeps rising while the cost of renewables is falling rapidly, and the potential to make savings with energy efficiency is huge. We could replace Hinkley much more quickly and cheaply without the safety fears and without producing dangerous waste we don’t know what to do with."

He added: "It seems EDF is hoping that by acting swiftly after Greg Clark’s appointment as Secretary of State, it can minimise the risk that the highly favourable terms struck in 2013 to help to bankroll the station are watered down. Above all, EDF’s most cherished sweetener is a guaranteed price of an index-linked £92.50 per megawatt hour in 2012 prices – now worth around £100/MWh."

He added: "If the Company does indeed make a positive Final Investment Decision on Thursday it will be little more than EDF spin. The largely French Government-owned company has a long list of problems to sort out before construction can begin. EDF says there will no concrete poured until at least mid 2019 and this will depend on the start-up of the EPR (the European Pressurised Reactor) at Flamanville, scheduled for the end of 2018 – six years late."

"If this plant goes ahead highly radioactive waste would be stored in the heart of Somerset for perhaps the next 200 years. Over its lifetime Hinkley Point C will produce waste equivalent to 80% of all the waste so far produced in the UK in terms of radioactivity – for what? So the Government can help its friends in the nuclear industry put the brakes on the renewable energy revolution taking place across the globe – they really do make King Canute look like an amateur."

"The Government’s nuclear delusions are standing in the way of the West of England joining this energy revolution. Nuclear advocates can’t bring themselves to admit that smart, efficient and renewable energy systems are sounding the death-knell of nuclear power. It’s time that Somerset was given the opportunity to catch-up."

The Stop Hinkley Campaign will be protesting against the Final Investment Decision in King's Square, Bridgwater from 10am-1pm on Thursday 28th July.

 

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