The UK is pushing for huge state subsidies for new nuclear, Hinkley C in Somerset is the test case. What happens at Hinkley will have a knock on effect for the proposed new build in Cumbria -Moorside .
Please help Stop Moorside by writing to the EU Commission urging them to turn down the UK’s plan for huge state subsidy for new nuclear.
There is a draft letter below and one here from Stop Hinkley. Please feel free to rewrite this in your own words or send it as it is.
Dear Commissioner Joaquín Almunia,
UK STATE AID TO NUCLEAR?
I am horrified to read reports that the European Commission is to do a U turn on its original view that aid would be incompatible under EU state aid rules.
Nuclear power started in the UK with Magnox reactors in the 1950s. The so-called legacy waste from these reactors is held at Sellafield in disgraceful conditions.
The stated reason for the UKs promotion of nuclear power is that it is carbon free. This carbon free status does not however include the full life carbon audit from uranium mining to proposed geological disposal and the carbon footprint of accidents such as Windscale, Three Mile Island and Fukushima.
If the full carbon audit life cycle was included nuclear power may even be in energy deficit, especially as the fossil fuel energy needed for waste storage and accident is unquantifiable. Sellafield stopped producing electricity in 2003 but uses over £30M of gas every year.
Nuclear power is a mature technology in that it has been around for decades. It should by now be commercially viable without state aid. The UK in contrast plans to scrap support for the younger and more economically robust industry of solar installations over 5MW.
The argument that new nuclear will provide security of electricity supply is untenable given that the earliest new build proposed would not take place until 2023 for Hinkley C in Somerset and 2024 for Moorside (next to the world’s largest stockpile of plutonium). Uranium for the new build reactors would come from for example Peru, Australia, Canada, Russia.
The waste from the new build reactors would be hotter, requiring unquantifiable fresh water resources for decades of cooling.
Please ensure that your initial resolve is upheld, that aid would be incompatible under EU state aid rules.