Shut Oldbury Press Release
23 January 2009
Government nuclear clean-up firm nominates Oldbury for new nuclear build
Shut Oldbury campaigners reacted with shock and surprise at the nomination of Oldbury as a site for a new nuclear power station.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority today announced the nomination of four UK sites for purchasers to build new nuclear power stations on, including Oldbury in South Gloucestershire where an existing corroded forty year old reactor has recently been given a two year life extension.
Jim Duffy, Coordinator of the Shut Oldbury campaign said: "We told the Government there are health risks linked to the existing plant and building the world's biggest reactor, the French European Pressurised Reactor is only likely to add to the local cancer and leukaemia toll as it will pour more radioactive waste into the River Severn. Studies we commissioned in 2001 showed an eleven-fold increase in leukaemia in nearby Chepstow, fifty percent extra breast cancers downstream of Oldbury and 37.5 percent extra prostate cancers downwind of the plant."
"The other risks are from terrorism. A fully fuel-laden airliner diverted from Bristol or Cardiff airports could cause unthinkable damage to a big target such as a nuclear plant. The emergency arrangements would be totally inadequate. At the Three Mile Island accident in the USA only ten percent of the medical force stayed at their posts. Everyone else was busy scooping up their children and fleeing in their cars."
"We're disappointed that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has gone completely beyond its remit of cleaning up nuclear sites. Not long ago their chiefs were saying they're not in the business of nuclear new build. This is a dirty betrayal."
"Even the Government's Sustainable Development Commission says that replacing all our old reactors will reduce carbon emissions by a feeble four percent. It's just not worth the £5 billion cost to build each reactor, of which the public will pick up some of the future bill."
"The reactor designs are undergoing safety assessments which will take two more years but this action is another step up the methodical but undemocratic process the Government and industry are jointly engaged in."
Jim Duffy, Shut Oldbury/Stop Hinkley Coordinator