– please feel free to cut and paste and write in your own words the letter below to ‘undecided’ EU commissioners . They will be voting tomorrow on whether to allow the UK government to use profligate amounts of the UK’s public money to pay for new nuclear and to allow UK goverment to be held to ransom with ‘compensation to operators’ should the UK government take a political decision not to go ahead once the deal has been signed. This is madness.
Dear Commissioner ,
Radiation Free Lakeland are a voluntary group in Cumbria – we have approx
5000 supporters who oppose new nuclear next to Sellafield and the number
WE STRONGLY OPPOSE STATE AID BY THE UK GOVNT FOR HINKLEY C
Here in Cumbria the waste continues to arrive from Hinkley B by rail
through towns and villages to be reprocessed. This increases the volume
of waste streams which are
a) dispersed to the environment and
b) held in disgraceful conditions
The ONLY state aid the nuclear industry should receive is to ensure the
safety of Cumbrians and Europeans with regards the Sellafield plant.
We are astonished to read reports that the European Commission may to do a
U turn on its original view that aid would be incompatible under EU state
Nuclear power started in the UK with Magnox reactors in the 1950s. The
so-called legacy waste continues to arrive at Sellafield by the week.
The UK is ruthlessly promoting nuclear power in the press and media as
carbon free. This is a myth. If 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 was included
nuclear power may even be in energy deficit. 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
-and gets it cheap.
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.
If state aid is given to Hinkley C, this would smooth the way for new
build at Sellafield, thereby increasing an already intolerable risk to
Cumbria and the wider European Community.
Please ensure that your initial resolve is upheld, that aid would be
incompatible under EU state aid rules.
on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland