Stop Hinkley Press Release

4 January 2008

Campaigners support academics' condemnation of nuclear plans

An academic report condemning the Government's plans to push though a new generation of nuclear power stations has the backing of Stop Hinkley, West country anti-nuclear group.

The group of academics who specialise in nuclear, energy or public consultation issues has criticised the Government's most recent Energy Review as not addressing the risks from radiation, disposal of nuclear waste and vulnerability to a terrorist attack.

The 87 page report states: "We are profoundly concerned that the government's approach was designed to provide particular and limiting answers," adding: "Significant 'what-if' issues were not consulted on in a meaningful way" and going on to say: "The 2007 nuclear power consultation has failed. Poor consultation practice wastes people's time and can seriously undermine people's trust in government."

The report was authored by Dr Paul Dorfman, former University of West of England lecturer and former Secretary of the Committee Examining Radioactive Risks from Internal Emitters (CERRIE). He collaborated in today's report with eighteen academics including ten university professors. Dr Dorfman has long been linked to Stop Hinkley as an advisor from 2000 till his move to Warwick University in 2006. He co-authored a study into excess breast rates near Hinkley Point nuclear power station in 2000.

Jim Duffy spokesman for Stop Hinkley said: "These top academics are making a point the government should hear. Their consultation paper was heavily loaded to favour nuclear power, skimming over or avoiding issues we find crucial such as radiation risk, terrorism, reactor design, nuclear waste disposal and many others. How they did this after the High Court ruled the 2006 consultation 'deeply flawed and misleading' beggars belief. They've got a fight on their hands if they propose new nuclear build and a third Hinkley station in their announcement."

Renewables held back

The report follows a claim from Solar Century Chief Executive that the DTI has systematically held back renewable energy to favour nuclear power. In Jeremy Leggatt's letter in yesterday's Guardian he makes 'sickening sense' of other countries relatively leaping ahead with development of renewables like wind and solar power as the UK has suppressed such growth here to aid the development of nuclear power.

Jim Duffy said: "Mr Leggett saw nuclear laughed out of contention on economics grounds, only to find the Government were deliberately holding back renewables to make way for nuclear. There's no reason to doubt his claim and much evidence points that way, which depressingly underlines our government's underhand and deceitful ways." 

Jim Duffy, Stop Hinkley Coordinator, 07968 974805

Also available for interviews: Charlie Graham, Stop Hinkley Committee Member (01278 727732 or 07811220269) and report author, Paul Dorfman: (07972 385303)

Click here for Guardian article.

Notes:

(1) "Cancer mortality and proximity to Hinkley Point nuclear power station 1995-1998" Busby, Dorfman, published April 2000 see www.llrc.org

 

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