MEP hits out at European court ruling over Hinkley C funding

Bridgwater Mercury, Steven Salter
13th July

AN AUSTRIAN appeal against UK Government funding for Hinkley C has been dismissed after a sprawling investigation.

This week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on whether the UK government's contribution to the new nuclear power station in Somerset constituted 'state aid', and found that it did not.

An EDF spokesman said: "“EDF Energy believed that the state aid investigation by the European Commission was exhaustive, fair and robust.

However Green MEP for South West Dr Molly Scott-Cato described the ECJ's decision as 'regrettable'.

Molly Scott Cato MEP, a Green MEP who has long campaigned against Hinkley and in favour of renewables, said:

“This decision is hugely regrettable. There can be no justification for EU subsidies to be thrown at nuclear.

"Hinkley C is a particular tragedy for the South West when we are blessed with exciting renewable energy alternatives.

"The region has huge potential for both onshore and offshore wind; for tidal and geothermal energy and is the region best suited in the whole of the UK to capture the power of the sun.

“Sadly, today's ECJ ruling will only serve to reinforce the government's ideological obsession with nuclear.

"The National Infrastructure Commission agrees that nuclear is not the way forward for the UK and that we should seize the golden opportunities that renewable energy technologies provide."

Molly Scott Cato also warned that Brexit could have devastating impacts on the UK's ability to generate nuclear power.

“Brexit could leave nuclear power in the UK in meltdown.

"There is on-going uncertainty around our membership of Euratom.

"While this EU body may be a relic of the past that gives unfair privilege to nuclear power, it none-the-less governs procedures, regulations and safeguards for nuclear power across the EU.

"This includes the transportation of nuclear materials around Europe.

"Unless new arrangements are agreed the UK could run out of nuclear fuel within two years, meaning nuclear power stations would be unable to produce energy."


Stop Hinkley expresses concern about sea-level rises at nuclear site

30 July 2018

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to the Office for Nuclear Regulation to express concern about recent reports that we could be heading for a sea-level rise of as much as 6 metres during the lifetime of the Hinkley Point C site.

Some researchers say sea levels could rise by six metres or more even if the 2 degree target of the Paris accord is met. Sustained warming of one to two degrees in the past has been accompanied by substantial reductions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and sea level rises of at least six metres – several metres higher than what current climate models predict could occur by 2100.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Hinkley Point C is expected to have a 60 year life, which will take us to almost 2090. After the last load of highly radioactive spent fuel is removed from the reactor it will need to be cooled for at least another 60 years. That means the site needs to be kept safe from flooding and storm surges until at least 2150”.

He continued: “While the prospect of dip in the sea might be appealing during this heatwave, having the sea encroach into coastal nuclear plant would be a disaster? When there is so much uncertainty about sea-levels and storm surges over the next 125 years do we really want to be building new nuclear facilities and highly radioactive waste stores on the coast?”

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