Monthly Archives: November 2012

Workers locked out of Hinkley Point

Campaigners from Southwest Against Nuclear successfully blockaded Hinkley Point Nuclear power station. The group kept the station shut down for over four hours as cutting crews were eventually called and struggled to remove the campaigners from the tubes that connected them across the road.

please see the press release on our latest news page for details of why the action was carried out.

The action was very successful, with a peaceful atmosphere, a number of workers were turned away home happily with pay and went off home for a long weekend, whilst still others claimed that they wouldnt be paid at all. We explained to them our reasons for being there and that it was to cause maximum disruption to EDF and discussed with them the concerns that people have about the ethics (or lack of them) of working in an nuclear power station. Some of the workers were even ignorant of the fact that EDF have not yet obtained permission to build Hinkley C yet believing the reverse to be true!

Cutting crews used guerneys to wheel the protestors to one side of the road before cutting them free as they knew it was going to take them a while to free the people and they were keen to clear the road, having watched how long it took them to load the guerneys compared with how long it took them to cut them out we felt the police inadvertantly assisted by adding to the time we were there, it would have been quicker for them if they’d just done the cutting in situ!

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The people were arrested and later charged with obstruction of the highway and bailed to appear at Taunton Magistrates court on Dec 19th.

Photos of the action can be viewed here

 

Dawn Blockade shuts Hinkley Point for 5 hours, 4 arrested

23/11/12

Dawn blockade leaves nuclear workers locked out

At 6am this morning 10 protestors blockaded access to EDF energy’s nuclear sites at Hinkley Point, preventing the morning shift from starting work. 4 people in arm locks formed a barrier across the main access road at Wick Moor Drove in a bid to prevent further ground clearance work at the planned Hinkley C site and to protest at EDF’s plan to extend the life of aging reactors at the Hinkley B station.

Sitting beneath a banner saying “Nuclear Power – not worth the risk” Bristol tree-surgeon Zoe Smith said, “We want the destruction of land at the proposed Hinkley C site to stop. EDF still don’t have planning permission for the new nuclear plant, the governments energy policy is in tatters. With Centrica pulling out and the long awaited Electricity Reform Act delayed, there is not even enough investment to finish the project. If the tories fix the electricity price for nuclear so that the project can go ahead it will leave a radioactive waste

dump here for hundreds of years.” The early morning blockade caused long tailbacks for scores of workers contracted in to perform maintenance work on the the existing reactors at Hinkley B, EDF have signalled their intention to re-licence the reactor again in 2016.

 

Bridgwater mum Nikki Clark from South West Against Nuclear said, “Not only do we not need new nuclear, we certainly don’t need to extend the life of the existing reactors even further. Just this year alone reactor no 4 in the B station has scrammed at least three times. EDF like to call these emergency shutdowns ‘unplanned outages’ but this deliberately conceals the fact that these ageing

reactors are now in a dangerous condition. In 2008 the regulators threatened British Energy with closure of the site. The reactors do not have any fewer cracks in the graphite core now than they did then. Do we have to have our own Fukushima here in Somerset before we abandon this insanity and embrace a renewables revolution in the UK?”

 

Stop Hinkley spokesperson Theo Simon said, “We support this protest. New nuclear is dead in the water. We need public investment in a renewables revolution which could create a million climate jobs and cut energy bills through a programme of home insulation and energy-efficiency. With it’s massive marine energy resource, West Somerset is perfectly placed to lead the way in renewables, but EDF’s plans would turn it into a toxic waste dump for our grandchildren.”ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage 

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no subsidies for new nuclear – we want a future not a disaster!

http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/no-subsidies-nuclear-power-demo-westminster-london see the above link for details of a forthcoming demo in london against subsidising new nuclear power here in the UK.

Let’s tell the government to cut nuclear not jobs, or hospitals or public services…