7 April 2014: More than 100 MPs, academics and businessmen have put their names to a document urging the European Commission to reject the state aid request from the British government that would enable the building of new reactors at Hinkley Point.

The signatories – co-ordinated by Paul Dorfman, senior research associate at the Energy Institute at University College, London – oppose the funding of the reactors for a variety of reasons, including cost and safety, but also for potentially distorting the market against wind and other renewable technologies.

The document says: "The development of sustainable and affordable low carbon energy remains a growing economic sector with huge potential for job creation. To seek to delimit this diversity through state aid support of nuclear power at the expense of other potentially more flexible, safe, productive, cost effective and affordable technologies seems, at the very least, unwise."

The European Commission has opened an in-depth inquiry to examine whether UK State Aid for the construction and operation of two new nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point C in Somerset are in line with EU legislation. The result of this investigation will set an important precedent and will have consequences not just in UK but in a large number of other Member States. Taken across the full range of public and private actors engaged in energy systems, annual commitments worth many billions of pounds rest on the results of this EC policy appraisal.

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An Taisce win leave to fight Hinkley at Court of Appeal

31 March 2014

The Stop Hinkley Campaign welcomes the recent announcement that An Taisce, the Irish National Trust, have succeeded in being granted leave to take their case to the court of appeal.

Justice Sullivan overturned the High Court's ruling from December last year in when he concluded that leave should be granted for An Taisce to take their case to the court of appeal. This follows a letter from the United Nations ESPOO committee to the British Government earlier this month. Having considered the High Court ruling and other evidence stating that failure to consult with neighbour's raises a “suspicion of non-compliance”.

Stop Hinkley Spokseperson Nikki Clark commented “We attended the high court in December and listened to the evidence being presented by An Taisce and thought it was pretty compelling stuff. We were shocked (but not surprised) at the Courts Ruling. We welcome today's news that a higher power has over-ruled the decision and granted leave for An Taisce to go to the court of appeal.”

She went on “We will be following the case closely and look forward to the Court of Appeal hearings and continued legal process in the fight against dirty, dangerous and undemocratic nuclear power”.

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March 2014: JOINT SUBMISSION OF THE UK & IRELAND NUCLEAR FREE LOCAL AUTHORITIES (NFLA), CITIES FOR A NUCLEAR FREE EUROPE NETWORK (CNFE) AND STOP HINKLEY GROUP Re: STATE AID – UNITED KINGDOM INVESTMENT CONTRACT considering the UK Government 's agreement to provide financial assistance and guarantees to EDF to build new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point in Somerset and, at a later date, at Sizewell in Suffolk.


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The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013
Two years after the Fukushima disaster started unfolding on 11 March 2011, its impact on the global nuclear industry has become increasingly visible. This World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013 provides a global overview of the history, the current status and the trends of nuclear power programs worldwide.




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IT'S OUR JOB TO KEEP THE CITIZENS OF BRISTOL SAFE:
Bristol City Council's Civil Protection Unit has responsibilities to its residents, outlined in the Civil Contingency Act 2004, which spells out a duty to assess, plan and advise in emergencies and assist the public.
Legislation means that the team will have to draw up a plan for dealing with a nuclear disaster. Bristol 's proximity to Hinkley Point power station means the city needs to be able to deal with a threat as severe as Fukushima . But surely with a power plant so close, Bristol wouldn't stand a chance in an emergency?
"The issue is we would have 40 to 50 minutes to evacuate the whole city. The only way this would be possible was if there were buses all lined up with their engines running," civil protection manager Simon Creed admits. "Our way of dealing with this would be to tell people simply to go inside, stay inside and tune in to the radio until a national rescue operation could be mobilised."
The limits to the council's abilities is something which makes the team slightly uncomfortable and the recent floods hammer home just how helpless defences could be.
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A new report, A Corruption of Governance, prepared for the Association for the Conservation of Energy and Unlock Democracy was presented to MPs and NGOs at the House of Commons. It exposes that the evidence given to Ministers and Parliament, promoting the use of nuclear power, was a false summary of the analysis carried out by government departments.
The report, supported by a cross party group of MPs, calls for the case for nuclear power to be re-examined in a parliamentary debate, so the true facts can be discussed. More >>>


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