Campaign Update

European Commission invites comments on proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point

The proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in south-west England depends heavily on subsidies (see below) and is unlikely to go ahead without them. There is no valid justification for these subsidies. They divert resources away from other options that are altogether better and cheaper.

The European Commission is now inviting comments on the Hinkley Point proposal. It’s announcement is available here.

Please write to the Commission to oppose the subsidies. The deadline for responses is the 7th of April …

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Comment

Sellafield site incident – non-essential workers told to stay at home

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment 31st January 2014

Sellafield Limited has this morning advised that elevated levels of radioactivity are being detected at one of the site’s perimeter fence radiation monitors. Despite telling non-essential workers not to come to work, the company is assuring the wider world that there is no risk to either to the public off-site or to operational workers on site.

Yet the official version of the ongoing incident, via the mixed messages being issued by local media, …

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Happy New Year

Isn’t it time you made it your New Year’s Resolution to switch from the Big 6 energy suppliers, if you haven’t already? You know you’ve been meaning to do it for quite some time now. It takes almost no time at all. Even those companies that have pulled out of building new reactors in Britain, such as Eon, RWE and Iberdrola, have nuclear interests elsewhere, apart from SSE. Despite having pulled out of the consortium planning to build new reactors at Hinkley …

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Daily News Roundup

16 April 2014

Hinkley

West Somerset Council welcomes the news that EDF Energy (EDFE) will undertake further preparatory work on the Hinkley Point C site. Although a final investment decision on whether to start work to construct the new Hinkley Point C power station is not expected until later this year, EDFE has confirmed that it will undertake further preparatory works at the site over the coming months.

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15 April 2014

Radwaste

A new law is being drafted in Germany to regulate investigations aimed at finding suitable sites for permanent nuclear waste storage. The search can take many years – and Germany’s neighbors are facing similar obstacles. The EU has called on its member states to draw up plans by 2015 outlining how and where they are planning to store nuclear waste. The search for suitable sites is becoming frantic, but in some countries it is even more difficult than in others.

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14 April 2014

Hinkley

FORATOM, which represents Europe’s nuclear industry, said new atomic power generation will need financial support as long as carbon prices are low and hit back at EU regulators’ criticism of funding for a plant to be built by EDF.The European Commission, the EU regulator, has launched an in-depth investigation into Britain’s plan to provide public funding for a 19 billion euro ($26.37 billion) nuclear plant to be built at Hinkley Point in Britain.A 68-page letter to the British government from …

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