All citizens of the EU have the right to appeal the recent decision to approve massive public subsidies that will enable one of the largest nuclear power stations in the world to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
EWS (Elektrizitätswerk Schönau), a clean energy cooperative based in Germany, has filed an appeal against the decision and more than 40,000 people have already joined the campaign.
British residents will be the first to pay for this decision (both as tax payers and as the potential victims of a nuclear accident). EWS has translated their letter of complaint into English. You can add your name (or submit your own text) at: https://www.ews-schoenau.de/campaign.html
All of the campaign files and background information are available in German, French and English. Please help the spread the word and get more signatures.
For more than 40 years Britain has agreed to negotiate the abolition of its nuclear weapons. 14 years ago Britain further undertook to ‘totally eliminate’ its nuclear weapons. Yet the Defence Secretary told Parliament that the ‘Successor’ submarine programme would ensure that Britain’s nuclear weapons would remain effective into the 2060s – 100 years after it agreed to get rid of them! We, the people, must demand adherence to international agreements and insist that Trident is not replaced.
We are now at a crucial stage in the global movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In the UK there will be a decision made early on in the next Government to finally decide if the Trident nuclear weapon system will be replaced.
We need to ensure that it is not and that we join the vast majority of nations demanding the abolition of all nuclear weapons.
Main construction work on the UK’s first nuclear power plant in a generation could begin as early as December. EDF also have a delegation in China negotiating contracts for the manufacture of pressure vessel and other key components.
Some of the largest diggers in Europe have been moved onto the Hinkley Point proposed C site and contractors have been told to prepare to start on site in December. Firms appointed to various roles on the mega-project include Laing O’Rourke, Bouygues, Costain, Kier, Bam Nuttall and Dean & Dyball, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty
However rumour is that EDF and the Chinese investors are falling out and Areva (the other state funded French nuclear firm) is collapsing…….
Our new petition to Bristol City Council is now online on the Council website. We need 3500 signatures from people living, working or studying in Bristol by the end of October to have the topic discussed by Council.
“We the undersigned petition Bristol City Council to rejoin the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) organisation.”
(for background go to the petition site)
Visit http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/nuclearfreebristol to add your signature.
We will also be seeking Councillors to propose a motion to get the Council to rejoin NFLA. Once today’s election results are in we will be writing to all councillors to ask for their support. There will also be a letter for you to send (by email) to your local ward councillors.
Campaigners challenge Nuke-Research in Bristol
Bristol University got £1.3 million (2010-2012) and funding for a Chair in Material Science for Nuclear Weapons Research from tax-payers money http://www.medact.org/resources/atoms-peace-atomic-weapons-establishment-uk-universities-2/
“Britain’s existing Trident nuclear weapons system could incinerate 45 million people at the press of a button. Yet the Government is planning to develop it further! Shouldn’t this money and expertise be better spent on essentials of life, not planning death and destruction on an unbelievable scale?”
Join local anti-nuclear power & weapons campaigners
and Molly Scott Cato, Lead Green Candidate in the SW Euro 2014 elections
Monday 19th May at 11.00 am outside the Wills Memorial Tower, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ.
….the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin. They are saying that it could take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster, and meanwhile countless innocent people will develop cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation. We are talking about a nuclear disaster that is absolutely unprecedented, and it is constantly getting worse. Read more
Looks at what is happening to the wildlife in the Pacific!
Massive leakages of heavily contaminated water, crumbling structures, and spent fuels that if exposed to air could release 85 times as much lethal caesium as was released at Chernobyl are obvious reasons why urgent help is needed from the world’s top experts. Read more
UK Government have proposed a £420 billion (minimum) subsidy for a French/Chinese consortium to build 12 nuclear production plants. We publish former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats, Donnachadh McCarthy’s letter giving 16 persuasive reasons why this is a both ecological and economic madness. Read more
The Chinese state is not philanthropic. Questions about safety, sovereignty and cost should be asked before we take its money. Read more