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UK accused of Bullying Austria over Hinkley

12 February 2015

Reacting to today's news that the UK Government has been accused of bullying Austria over its nuclear reactor lawsuit, Stop Hinkley Campaign spokesperson Roy Pumfrey said: "For the UK to resort to bullying tactics shows how desperate the Government is to salvage this increasingly moribund nuclear project, despite the fact that there are cheaper, more sustainable alternatives.”

“Given that the level of financial support being offered to EDF Energy for Hinkley is unavailable to other low carbon technologies, this would significantly distort competition. Austria has a strong case which is why UK and its nuclear industry friends are so frightened .”

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UK threatens to hit back at Austria over Hinkley Point legal challenge

11 February 2015

Austrian chancellor seeks meeting with David Cameron after UK warns it will take every opportunity to damage country in spat over nuclear reactor lawsuit

UK ministers are warning their Austrian counterparts that an arsenal of retaliatory measures will be launched if Vienna goes ahead with plans to challenge an EU state aid decision approving subsidies for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley point in Somerset .

A diplomatic cable from the Austrian embassy in London to Vienna, seen by the Guardian, says that the Foreign Office's Europe director, Vijay Rangarajan, conveyed a message that “the UK will take in the future every opportunity to sue or damage Austria in areas that have strong internal political effects,” unless the lawsuit was dropped.

Initial measures would include: a complaint to the European Court about Austrian electricity labelling rules, pressure for Austria to contribute more to EU effort – sharing funds when it does not accept nuclear power as a “sustainable energy source”, and an investigation into whether Austria's suit violated the Euratom treaty.

“Further steps and escalation cannot be excluded after the complaint has been submitted,” the cable says.

Austria's chancellor Werner Faymann is seeking a meeting with David Cameron at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, after the foreign minister, Philip Hammond, called his Austrian opposite number, Sebastian Kurz, to protest Austria's planned court action, the Guardian has learned.

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Hinkley Point C investment delayed anything from six months to five years.

9 February 2015

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has today welcomed news that the final investment decision for the Hinkley Point C proposal has been delayed at least until the Autumn this year, and possibly by as much as five years.

The Times reported on Saturday (7th February) that the nuclear scheme's Chinese backers have demanded that the French government protect them if the project goes bust. The two Chinese companies involved have serious concerns about Hinkley Point's European Pressurised water Reactor (EPR) design, and also the financial health of the French company Areva. The mainly state-owned company designed the EPR reactor, but is also expected to invest in the Hinkley project.

The Times also report that EDF Energy is seeking assurances from the UK Government that if Austria wins its legal action against the proposed subsidies and the project has to be abandoned halfway through, the company will receive compensation for the money invested up to that point.

Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Any further guarantees being sought by the Chinese Companies or EDF energy would need to be notified to the European Competition Commissioner. We also know that the financial arrangements for dealing with radioactive waste have still not been notified to the Commission. The whole project appears to be unravelling before our eyes”.

“And yet as nuclear costs escalate the cost of renewable energy is falling rapidly. For instance the £160bn invested in clean energy across the globe last year paid for almost twice the clean electricity it would have done three years earlier.”

“It's time EDF admitted defeat. Somerset should turn its attention to building a local economy which can take advantage of advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency before it's too late”.

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The previous European Commission has approved scandalous nuclear subsidies for the construction and operation of the largest nuclear power plants in the world at Hinkley Point. This opens the floodgates for the construction of new nuclear power plants in Europe. We have appealed directly to the European Commission to complain against it. But only when the pressure of citizens is higher than the influence of the nuclear lobby will the new EC take back the wrong decision.
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What will be the total cost of nuclear waste?
We won't know until the final bill has been totted up in thousands of years. EdF won't take on that liability. EdF and the UK government are planning to dump it onto future generations.

 

This response takes an historical perspective set in the context of the proposal to build two additional nuclear reactors at Hinkley in Somerset. The fact that ‘virtual reprocessing' – or ‘not reprocessing' is proposed is to be welcomed. Unfortunately the decision to not reprocess should have been taken much earlier. At the Planning Stage it was quite clear that THORP was not needed. The same is true for the proposed Hinkley C Power Station.

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