ex-MP Tessa Munt attacks 'dirty, risky and costly' nuclear
former MP has spoken out in favour of renewable energy this week
after EDF delayed its final decision on building Hinkley Point
C and in the wake of a decision to give the go-ahead to a row
of unpopular power pylons through the area.
Munt, who was Burnham's Lib Dem MP from 2010 to 2015, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This week, EDF's board should have made a final investment
decision on Hinkley C but the extent of internal concern at the
risks - that it might bankrupt the company - meant that this was
"Renewable energy is the only viable solution. It is better
for the environment, the economy, and for the long-term - our
grandchildren wont curse us for it. And it doesnt
come with the risk of a nuclear meltdown."
added: "My long-held objections to this dirty, risky, outdated
and hugely expensive nuclear reactor are well documented. It seems
that others - members of the public, journalists and some politicians
- are realising that nuclear power, which is utterly dependent
on foreign control through investment, is not the solution. And
Hinkley C represents exceptional risks, as even financial analysts
have pointed out."
Munt also hit out at the approval of National Grid's huge power
lines between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth, which will come close
to the villages of Mark, East Huntspill and Rooksbridge in the
campaigned vociferously against pylons on the Somerset levels
and moors before I was elected, throughout my time in Parliament
and have not changed my view since the election last May,"
"Local people were brilliant in presenting the arguments
against the pylons over the years that this process dragged out.
So I share their dismay and disappointment that the Conservative
Government decided to approve these monstrous pylons."
am left baffled by our new MPs inaction, failing to even
bring his colleague, Minister and friend Amber Rudd to Somerset
to see exactly what impact her plans would have before she signed
them off. A 15 minute end-of-day debate simply doesnt cut
the mustard when it comes to challenging the real damage which
will be caused to our beautiful landscape, precious environment
- and our tourism industry, which relies on both."
MP James Heappey gave his reaction to the pylons announcement
here after the decision.