Western Daily Press, 14 May 2008

Environmental campaigners last night condemned the sale of a proposed windfarm site to a French company planning to build a nuclear reactor on the plot.

The site at West Hinkley, in Somerset, has been bought by Electricite de France (EDF), one of the world's largest nuclear power generators, as revealed by the Daily Press this week.

Your Energy, which tried for five years to win permission to build a windfarm there, confirmed it had sold the project rights to EDF. Jim Duffy, spokesman for the Stop Hinkley campaign, said objectors like British Energy had thwarted the wind farm plans.

Mr Duffy said: "It's bitterly disappointing that a clean renewable energy project has been squeezed out by Europe 's biggest energy company who are set on building at least one but perhaps two giant nuclear reactors."

A spokesman for EDF said: "EDF has been exploring possibilities at Hinkley Point for more than a year."



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