On 5th November 2020 the NFLA will be 40 years old and so this year is an important one for the organisation as it challenges the ‘need’ for new nuclear power stations, the long-term management of radioactive waste, the ongoing concerns over nuclear safety, and the imperative in reducing nuclear weapons proliferation; whilst promoting the benefits of renewable and decentralised energy, and non-nuclear weapon defence policies, as more sustainable alternatives. Key activities that were prioritised for the year include: As the UK Government considers spending billions of taxpayer and consumer funds on the financing of new nuclear reactors, NFLA will continue to produce high quality reports, direct lobbying and public meetings to challenge the ‘need’ for new nuclear. It will continue producing its detailed series of reports showing best practice in Councils across the UK and Ireland developing far reaching low carbon projects to tackle the climate emergency. Its latest report (out shortly) will show the benefits of developing national and local energy agencies. It will continue to raise the many technical and scientific concerns around developing a deep underground radioactive waste repository. It will say that the updated offsite nuclear emergency plans for civil and defence nuclear reactors remain too reactive than pro-active and a rethink of them is required. It will continue to publicise concerns over the health effects of low level radiation and the need for a renewed scientific debate in this area. It will encourage its members to continue to pass resolutions to support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to divest Council pension funds from companies involved in the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons and fossil fuels. It will continue to work effectively with its international partners – Mayors for Peace, KIMO International, Cities for a Nuclear Free Europe, the Alliance of Regions for the Phase-out of Nuclear Power in Europe and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
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