Letter Tor Justad: I REFER to the article headed “Scotland, so rich in wind and water, has no need for Johnson’s latest nuclear money-making wheeze” by SNP MP Douglas Chapman (Sunday National, December 20). Highlands Against Nuclear Transport (HANT), which was set up in 2013 to raise awareness of the high risk transport of nuclear waste from Dounreay to Sellafield by rail and sea and Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) by air, is encouraged to see the SNP position opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power being highlighted. However, until Scotland becomes independent and as long as the Conservatives are in power with energy as a reserved matter, HANT maintains that the Scottish Government has to remain vigilant about UK plans to bury nuclear waste in a DGR (Deep Geological Depository) and to build SMRs (Small Modular Reactors) in Scotland. Even in the Highlands, Highland Council, in a motion by Caithness Conservative Councillor Struan Mackie in March 2019, proposed that “the Scottish Government send a message to the nuclear industry that Highland has the ‘skill, public support and pro-active partnership working’ to embrace the next generation of energy production such as small modular reactors”. So unless there is a concerted campaign by SNP MPs and MSPs and Scottish Green MSPs, together with campaigning groups, to prevent any nuclear developments in Scotland, the UK Government will impose them regardless of public opinion.
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