Press Release 21 July 2011
Stop Hinkley Condemns Council Recommendation to Approve EDF Preparatory Work on Hinkley C Power Station
The Stop Hinkley campaign has condemned West Somerset Council planners' decision to recommend approval for "preparatory works" on EDF's proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.
If granted permission by the Council's Planning Committee next week, EDF will effectively be allowed to start the pre-construction of "Hinkley C". Their plans include clearing over 400 acres of land of all vegetation and trees and excavating massive holes where the reactors would be sited. The amount of soil and rocks to be excavated is more than was dug up for the London Olympic Games.
This work would be carried out in advance of EDF applying for permission to build Hinkley C itself or even receiving approval from UK safety authorities for its new reactor design.
"West Somerset Council has been forced into recommending approval for this application by misguided national policy in favour of nuclear power," said Stop Hinkley spokesman Crispin Aubrey . "After the Fukushima accident in Japan , the government should be pausing to consider the lessons rather than ploughing mindlessly ahead. Germany and other countries are showing that a non-nuclear renewable future is feasible - we should be following their lead."
Stop Hinkley supporters will be present outside West Somerset Council offices in Williton from 9.00am on Thursday 28 July to encourage members of the Planning Committee to reject EDF's application. Campaign supporters have also applied to address the meeting.
The campaign objects to EDF's preparatory works because:
1. Financial Times , 21 July www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eded8aec-b2f4-11e0-86b8-00144feabdc0.html
For more information: Crispin Aubrey, Press Officer, Stop Hinkley campaign [click here]