Stop Hinkley Press Release

9 January 2008

Media event at Hinkley Point

A group of environmental campaigners will voice their protest at the Government announcement to back a new generation of nuclear power stations due to be made tomorrow lunchtime (Thursday).

Energy Secretary John Hutton will announce a new Nuclear Bill and Energy White Paper to the House of Commons in a speech expected to begin at 12.30 and which will be widely broadcast.

Stop Hinkley campaigner, Charlie Graham, will take interviews near Hinkley Point accompanied by representatives from other local groups including:

•  A West Somerset Councillor

•  Parents Concerned About Hinkley

•  Shut Oldbury Campaign

•  Taunton Friends of the Earth

•  Sedgemoor and West Somerset Green Party

•  Taunton Green Party

•  Christian CND

The group of about ten campaigners and Stop Hinkley supporters will meet near the power station on the Hinkley Point Road at a lay-by next to the turning for Stogursey. Both Hinkley A and B are visible across fields from this raised viewpoint. The Hinkley Point Road joins Hinkley Point to Cannington on the A39 near Bridgwater. The lay-by is about half a mile from the power station.

A professional, independent photographer can be contacted for media photos of the event: Simon Chapman on 07889 747916.

Jim Duffy, spokesman for Stop Hinkley said: "The Government has patently failed to gain approval from key national and local environmental groups despite their claims that nuclear will help climate change. If these local groups believed that, they wouldn't be voicing their protest at this wrong-headed mistake."

"Hidden in the Government consultation papers was the admission that a fleet of nuclear power stations would only reduce our carbon emissions by four percent. It's a disgrace to support this expensive technology which will suck up funds for state-of-the-art renewables which could help climate change more quickly and plug the so-called energy gap next decade." 

Jim Duffy, Stop Hinkley, 07968 974805

Also call Charlie Graham, Stop Hinkley Campaigner on 07811 220269. Charlie can take phone interviews at the event.



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