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.
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 Fukushimahere in Somersetbefore 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 Somersetis perfectly placed to lead the way in renewables, but EDF's plans would turn it into a toxic waste dump for our grandchildren."
Via South West Against Nuclear
Protestors are blocking the road outside Hinkley Point TODAY
Friday, 23 November, 2012, 7:52
Protestors are blocking the road outside Hinkley Point TODAY stopping the workers entering the site. Listen to BBC Somerset report 7.40am. Pass on the word those who want to take a flask of coffee to them, greatly received.