Go-ahead given to expansion of Hinkley Point power station
Burnham-on-Sea.com 11th Nov 09
The government has this week approved ten sites in the UK for new nuclear power stations - including Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea.
While a new Hinkley plant could create up to 4,000 jobs during the construction and then up to 700 jobs for the next 60 years, some local groups believe the proposed expansion will be bad for the area.
Protest group Stop Hinkley has long campaigned against nuclear power in our area, claiming it is not cheap and is unsafe.
The group also believes that radioactive pollution has increased cancer deaths in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
The group has also highlighted the fact that the new generation of power stations will store nuclear waste on site until a permanent repository is found - and this is an unknown length of time which, could potentially take decades...