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Nuclear New Build

Oct 2020: Stop Hinkley's submission to the Public Inquiry into EdeF's application to not use the Acoustic Fish Deterrent at Hinkley Point C. Read here>>
Feb 2020 : New Nuclear Power Stations and Sea Level Rise: An analysis by the UK Government floods and coastal erosion team found that 12 of the country's nuclear plants would be at risk of erosion or costal flooding without more protection. More >>>
Sep 2017: Environmental Impact of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station: Hinkley Point C could be replaced by energy efficiency and renewable energy systems more cheaply, more quickly and without radioactive discharges to the environment or the generation of radioactive waste. More >>>
Apr 2016: Hinkley Point C – A Tale of Nuclear Dreams!: Some dreams come true; others turn to disaster and turn into nightmares. Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been a dream to many politicians, is it about to come true? More >>>
World Nuclear Industry Status as of 1 January 2016: Mind the China Effect: Whereas the nuclear industry’s situation in the rest of the world continued to deteriorate, developments in China bucked this trend and distort the global picture. More >>>
22 Oct 2015: Campaign continues - Hinkley Point C announcements a false dawn: The Stop Hinkley Campaign today declared the campaign against the proposals to build a new nuclear station at Hinkley Point C as far from over. More >>>
The notion that nuclear is cheaper somewhere else is a myth: The British attitude to the notion that nuclear power is not cheap after all is a bit like a child who first hears that Father Christmas does not, after all, exist. Disbelief, and in this case a belief that if only Father Christmas is nationalised, then it will still be true. The psychologists call this cognitive dissonance, in other words if a fact is uncomfortable to you, you believe that the fact is wrong. More >>>

22 April 2015: No way nukes! Challenging the mainstream 'concensus' for nuclear power: All the 'main' political parties are backing nuclear power in bold defiance of all the evidence that it's expensive, dangerous and not even low-carbon, writes David Lowry. Even George Osborne just admitted that Hinkley C is 'unaffordable' - but supports it anyway. For a rational nuclear policy, the way is Green. More >>>

The French nuclear industry in deadlock: The deep crisis which the French nuclear industry is experiencing is no real novelty, despite the fact that its suddenness and extent may surprise even the most critical observers. More from the World Information Service on Energy report 23 June 2015 >>>

Nuclear Power in Decline: Nuclear power, once lauded as an energy source that would be "too cheap to meter," is becoming too costly to use. For the world as a whole, nuclear power generation peaked in 2006 and dropped by more than 10 percent by 2013. More >>>

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report

The world's nuclear statistics are distorted by an anomaly whose cause is not technical but political. Three years after the Fukushima events started unfolding, government, industry and international institutional organizations continue to misrepresent the effects of the disaster on the Japanese nuclear program. To find a more appropriate way to deal with this situation, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014 proposes a new category called Long-Term Outage. Click here for report

October 2014: Over the last year a series of reports from financial and energy analysts have concluded that conventional utility models are no longer fit for purpose. These reports highlight the importance of new technologies. They suggest that decentralised energy supply will be increasingly important in the future. A selection of these reports is listed in SAFE ENERGY E-JOURNAL No.63

May 2014: Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey asserts in an interview published in this month's Total Politics "One great thing about renewables, about nuclear, about energy efficiency, is you don't have to import them. They are home-grown. They provide jobs. And you're secure."
This statement if far from being true. Currently wind power machines and solar photovoltaic cells are imported, although in both cases the wind and solar energy are free and indigenous. But nuclear power technology and fuel is almost 100% foreign, and very insecure.

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."

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.
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.
Click here for report

Feb 2013 : A Review of Research Relevant to Proposed New Build Nuclear Reactors in England and Wales: A briefing for Friends of the Earth England, Ireland and Wales responding to a pre-publication version of a review of evidence on nuclear power by the Tyndall Centre at Manchester University. More >>>

The Energy Bill is fundamentally wrong says Michael Meacher MP
18 Dec 2012: The premises of tomorrow's Energy Bill are fundamentally wrong: Michael Meacher MP (Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton and Stop Hinkley patron) Read his blog
Contamination report May 2012
Measurements of radiation dose rates, radionuclides and other contaminants on EdF Energy's site for the proposed Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station
by Chris Busby, Rosa Cato and Cecily Collingridge [May 2012]
Stop Hinkley supports voice their concern
Many Stop Hinkley supporters made their voices heard at the "open floor" hearings into EDF's Hinkley C application held in Stogursey, Bridgwater, Cannington and Combwich during the second and third weeks of May 2012. Among them was 88-year-old Rose Stuckey, a long-standing Stop Hinkley member. Click here for a shortened version of her speech:
NFLA/SH submission to NID April 2012
THE FINANCIAL RISKS OF INVESTING IN NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS: This report by Energy Fair provides evidence for significant risks for investors in nuclear power in five main areas. More>>>
IPC Meeting
21 Mar 2012: Packed IPC meeting starts decision process on Hinkley C reactors: Over 300 people packed the Sedgemoor Auction Centre near Bridgwater for the preliminary meeting into EDF's application to construct the Hinkley C nuclear reactor. More>>>
Boycott EDF
BOYCOTT EDF Campaigning against the UK's addiction to nuclear power. Calling for a boycott of EDF Energy and all its subsidiaries. Switching from EDF to another energy provider - and so effectively boycotting EDF - is pretty easy.


ACTION: We need your help to publicise and act upon the report 'A Corruption of Governance?'. It's a riveting and shocking read - the Executive Summary and pages 25 and 26 alone will make your hair stand on end! click here for report

This scrupulously researched report shows that two of the National Policy Statements: EN-1 (Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy) and EN-6 (National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation), approved by Parliament and against which planning decisions are made, are based on false information.

The public has no alternative but to deem them invalid. The push for nuclear, through this corruption of governance, is forcing a gross injustice upon the people of Britain and we must protest.

PLEASE write to:

  • your MP saying he/she has no alternative but to consider the NPSs fraudulent, re-open the debate and bring those responsible for this corruption of process to account. Find your MP's address click here

  • The Environmental Audit Committee and the Public Administration Select Committee, to ask that them to investigate the Corruption of Governance. [Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA]

And also contact:

  • West Somerset Council - who granted permission for EdF's site preparation works (and/or your local planning authority if new build is proposed in YOUR area)

  • The Planning Inspectorate (formerly The Infrastructure Planning Commission) handling EdF's application for a Development Consent Order to build 2 EPRs.

Thank you. Don't let the corruption continue or spread.

Stop Hinkley has co-sponsored two submission responses with the Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Friends of the Earth Cymru and CND Cymru to the Environment Agency’s radioactive waste permit for the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear reactor.
Submission 1 - Marine discharges SUBMISSION 1 – MARINE DISCHARGES
WSC Could live to regret EDF approval
29 Jul 11: West Somerset Councillors Could Live to Regret Groundworks Approval: The decision by West Somerset Council to approve major groundworks at Hinkley Point has allowed energy company EdF to "jump the gun" on its plans for a nuclear power station, the Stop Hinkley campaign said today. More>>>

WSC Planning Meeting 28 July 2011
EDF's Hinkley Point C site preparation application approved
German Ethics Commission report on a Safe Energy Supply
German Ethics Commission Report on Safe Energy Supply - German Energy Turnaround. The Commission has presented its official report to Chancellor Merkel. The coalition agreed to phase out nuclear power by 2022. Read the report in English here.
The Environment Agency at Hinkley Point
Find out about the work the Environment Agency are doing at the Hinkley Point nuclear power stations and the proposed development at Hinkley Point C.
GEF interview with Mycle Schneider on the future of nuclear
In Brussels to mark the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, the Green European Foundation spoke with independent nuclear consultant Mycle Schneider in a wide ranging interview which addressed issues such as the fallout from Fukushima, the recent u-turn by the German Government and the future for nuclear energy in countries such as China and the US. Click here
Nuclear Power in a Post-Fukushima World
May 2011: Even before the disaster in Fukushima, the world's nuclear industry was in clear decline, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. The report, commissioned months before the Fukushima crisis began, paints a bleak picture of an aging industry unable to keep pace with its renewable energy competitors. To download a free copy of this report, click here.
Green Audit response to EA statement
Calls for Nuclear Regulations to be Quashed
25 March 2011: Calls For Latest Nuclear Regulations To Be Quashed: A LANCASHIRE man who is opposed to Government plans to introduce up to 20 new nuclear reactors across the UK has launched a High Court legal challenge against the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Read more >>>
23 Feb 2011: A COMPLAINT TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ABOUT SUBSIDIES FOR NUCLEAR POWER: A formal complaint has been made to the European Commission that nuclear power in the UK is receiving subsidies, and that those subsidies are unlawful 'state aid' under laws governing competition in the EU. More>>>
What is plutonium MOX fuel? The fantasies and the reality...
SH responce to DECC consultation Electricity Market Reforms

Stop Hinkley's Response to the DECC's Consultation on Electricity Market Reforms

Ecological Assessment of Site Preparation Works
SH's Comments on EdF's Site Preparation Works
Stop Hinkley's responce to the revised National Policy Statement on Energy and Nuclear Power
Comments by Stop Hinkley on Hinkley Point C Preliminary Works: Temporary Jetty Development
Local consultation meeting on Government nuclear policy
EDF Consultation
Draft letter to the SSECC
With the new opportunities brought about by a change in Government, we urge people to write to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. We hope he sticks to his pledge not to subsidise the nuclear industry and bring on the public inquiry on nuclear justification which top academics have called for. Here is a draft letter that you can download and use unchanged or add your own words.
SH's Responce to GDA UK EPR nuclear power plant design

Stop Hinkley response to Generic Design Assessment UK EPR nuclear power plant design Consultation document (October 2010)

Economics & Carbon Saving
The Local Impacts of Hinkley C
The Local Impacts.
Hinkley C will turn part of Somerset into a giant industrial site.
Click here for: The Right to Know. Oldbury Nuclear Expansion and Your Safety
April 2010: The Right to Know. Oldbury Nuclear Expansion and Your Safety - the risks to the people of Gloucestershire. A report by Gaian Economics, commissioned by Martin Whiteside, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Stroud.
USA Enters Stiff International Competition for Next Chernobyl Explosion
USA Enters Stiff International Competition for Next Chernobyl Explosion: The story begins with the nation that gave us the Statue of Liberty. Now, our French friends have a new type of gift to give. Electricite de France has several new, experimental reactors both under contract and under construction in several nations.
Lecture in Australia in March 2010 by Mark Diesendorf
Lecture in Australia in March 2010 by Mark Diesendorf. The promoters of nuclear power claim that we have to choose between coal and nuclear, that there is no alternative. This is a false choice. The real choice is between dirty and dangerous technologies (coal and nuclear) on one hand and clean and safe technologies (energy efficiency and renewable energy) on the other hand.
A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality: By Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonša.
A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality: By Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça. ISBN: 978-1900322492, Publisher: Green Books
The post-Copenhagen world requires a fresh look at the big picture. In the absence of international agreements, what steps can be taken to reduce both carbon emissions and carbon concentrations? A Renewable World features solutions on renewable energy, biosequestration, energy sufficiency, energy for developing countries, green collar jobs, cities, transport, agriculture and food, regional economies, and civil participation and democracy. It seeks to clarify what can be done, and how we can all benefit, long into the future. Chapter 9 [click here], on problematic technologies, gives a lot of info about nuclear.
Response from Stop Hinkley to the National Policy Statements on Energy and Nuclear Power
Response from Stop Hinkley to the Justification consultation
Response from Stop Hinkley to the Justification consultation. Our group is not convinced that nuclear power is safe either in terms of health effects that are likely to occur to communities near the plants, nor in terms of protection from a serious 'containment by-pass' accident. February 2010
In 2007, Corporate Watch produced a report on the nuclear industry titled BROKEN PROMISES: WHY THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WON'T DELIVER By Chris Grimshaw & Olaf Bayer. Throughout its fifty year history, Britain 's nuclear industry has consistently failed to deliver on its promises. Whilst some of this material is now out of date, most of it is still relevant. The report outlined the nuclear sector and its companies; contemporary political positions; and nuclear power's history of overestimated capacities and consistent under performance: delays and budget overruns, reduced power and reliance on large government subsidy. Download here:
Stop Hinkley's response to the EdF consultation, January 2010
Stop Hinkley's response to the EdF consultation, January 2010
Letter to the Editor of The FT from Dr David Lowry
Read the letter from the EDF's Director Energy Department to The Director of Radioprotection and Nuclear Security
Terrorism: EdF wrote to the French Government after 9/11, in 2003, saying their reactors could resist a military aircraft crashing into one of their EPR reactors now proposed for Hinkley Point. It would be the responsibility of the French Government to prevent a more serious deliberate attack.  Resisting is not the same as withstanding a deliberate attack, especially that of a massive jet airliner filled with fuel. The carefully worded letter just says that the ability to resist a military plane gives 'an important capacity' to the EPR to resist the impact of a commercial airliner crashing into it. Since the letter became public in 2006 through anti-nuclear group Sortir du Nuclaire, EdF claim to have reinforced the design. But the question remains, how much extra reinforcement can a reactor design take before it really needs to be taken back to square one? Read the letter from the EDF's Director Energy Department to The Director of Radioprotection and Nuclear Security
NFLA 'New Nuclear Monitor' edition 17

NFLA 'New Nuclear Monitor' edition 18
These provide a thorough overview of the UK Government's National Policy Statement on Nuclear Power Generation' and the Government's draft decision Justifying new nuclear power stations. The policy papers provide an effective summary of the core arguments that the Nuclear Free Local Authorities will put forward in its response to these crucial consultations which close on February 22nd 2010.
Richard Lawson's notes on the DECC "consultation"
Citigroup report
Report on EDF Energy Hinkley Point Community Forum
Stop Hinkley response to the DECC consultation on nuclear site nomination.
Stop Hinkley Press Release: Safety regulator may pull the plug on Hinkley C prototype
Safety regulator may pull the plug on Hinkley C prototype: The nuclear regulator governing the go-ahead of the Hinkley C prototype currently being built in Finland has threatened to withold its approval because it is afraid the safety systems will not work while condemning the 'lack of professional knowledge' of those working for the design company. More>>>
Nuclear Power and the Probability of Severe Accidents
Nuclear Power and the Probability of Severe Accidents: The Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that the probability of a 'severe' accident, (ie one that would kill at least one hundred people), was one chance in 10 million per year for a modern nuclear reactor. In this short briefing, the comparable figure for a severe accident at the Sellafield nuclear site is set out - and compared with actual incidence of critical malfunction at the Sellafield site. Read more >>>
Stop Hinkley's Response to the Consultation on the DBERR Strategic Siting Assessment Process
Nuclear NO Build at Hinkley!
'Nuclear NO Build at Hinkley!' Top consultant speaks on risks of new reactors. Stop Hinkley and Sedgemoor Green Party held a public meeting in October. John Large presented his up-to-date prediction of the radiological consequences of a severely damaging incident at Hinkley Point.
The PowerPoint Presentation and Summary are now available on the Large & Associates web site. Click here
Another nuclear consultation was fixed
Another nuclear consultation was fixed: It's official, Brown's personal pollsters tried to fix another public consultation on new nuclear power.
Report by independent energy experts Pöyry.
1 Aug 2008: Implications of the UK meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets. If the government is serious about renewables and energy efficiency, Britain doesn't need to build major new power stations to keep the lights on, according to this report by independent energy experts Pöyry.
Greenpeace factsheet
Stop Hinkley's 2007 Energy review submission
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Remember Chernobyl

Jonathan Porritt explains why nuclear plans are totally wrong.

A new nuclear power station at Hinkley point is not needed and would leave an unacceptable legacy to future generations. Jonathon Porritt voiced his views to a packed meeting of local anti-nuclear campaigners who are opposing the Somerset scheme.


If the video is blocked by your computer, click here to see part of Jonathon Porritt's talk on YouTube

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In 1607 severe floods hit Somerset, including Hinkley Point. What caused one of the most devastating natural events ever to hit the county?

There are nine nuclear power stations around the UK 's coastline, and plans for up to twice as many. Flooding is one of the most serious hazards for nuclear plants, as Fukushima in Japan demonstrated. Greenpeace commissioned a report from Colin Green, of the flood hazard research centre at Middlesex University , into Hinkley Point, likely to be the site of the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK for decades. It concluded: "From a flood risk management perspective, Hinkley Point is not an ideal site for a nuclear power station; the material presented by EDF is inadequate; and it is not possible, on the basis of the material presented, to reach a rational decision as to whether Hinkley Point can be made to work from a flood risk management perspective." EDF says it has thoroughly examined all the risks and that the plans are watertight.

It is the infrastructure companies themselves that will ultimately suffer when their assets are damaged by adverse weather. They ought to have a vested interest in protecting their investments. But so far the power companies, water utilities and railways have failed to do so, according to Collins. The reason? Privatisation.

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No-one knows the cost of nuclear power. We won't be able to add up the final bill for over a thousand years.

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Tony Juniper, Executive Director at Friends of the Earth, said:
"UK energy policy is at a crossroads. We can tackle climate change and meet our energy needs by cutting energy waste, harnessing the power of renewables and using fossil fuels more efficiently.

The Government must set us on the path to a clean, safe and sustainable future and turn its back once and for all on the failed, dangerous and expensive experiment of nuclear power"


Einstein said
"A clever man solves problems,
a wise man avoids them."