2017 - the Stop Hinkley
Review of the Year
Another bad year for EdeF/HPC, another good one for Stop Hinkley.
At long last, EdeF admitted that HPC would take until at least 2027 to build and would be even more over budget.
HPC will now cost at least £20billion, a shocking waste of money.
The Index Linked price of HPC electricity passed £100/Mw, as the price for off-shore wind dropped to £57.50.
We've been spreading the word from Cardiff (Nuclear Free Local Authorities) to Paris (World Anti-Nuclear Social Forum)
SH opposed EdeF's plans for a 'Non-Material Change' to waste storage at HPC, along with Councils and local residents.
Dredging potentially radioactive mud at HPC has proved a hot potato, initiating the biggest protest petition ever presented to the Welsh Assembly.
Pretty pointless roadworks in Bridgwater enraged, delayed and cost local jobs.
SH has criticised the 'Gold Rush Economy' that HPC has created locally where wages there are 36% above the regional norm, housing is unaffordable and hotels pop up like mushrooms.
EdeF's plans to build concrete pipe sections at Bristol Docks and put them on HGVs to get them to HPC have enraged local Councillors.
SH celebrated EdeF's broken promise that HPC electricity would be cooking our 2017 Christmas dinners with a well publicised turkey protest.
At other EPRs - Whilst the horror story that is Olkiluoto (Finland) moved a tiny step nearer completion, 'flagship' Taishan (China) took a step backwards when cracks (known about but kept quiet since 2012!) caused further delays. All quiet on the Flamanville (France) front.
The year ended well with the publication of an encyclopaedic work on the whole HPC saga (Guardian, 21/12/17) with the final word going to SH's own Allan Jeffery!
Happy New Year to all Stop Hinkley Members and supporters and thank you for your ongoing support.