Article in Thursday’s Whitehaven News (8th Jan 2015) :
New year resolve for protestors
OPPONENTS of a multi-billion nuclear complex have held a protest near to the earmarked site.
Around a dozen supporters of pressure group Radiation Free Lakeland met in Beckermet on New Years Eve to make their feelings against the three-reactor Moorside project known.
Armed with banners and placards, they marched towards the site near Sellafield, where assessment work – including borehole drilling – is taking place.
The NuGen consortium of Toshiba and GDF Suez hopes that planning permission and licensing for the £18 billion project will be granted in 2018, allowing for construction to begin in 2020.
Marianne Birkby of Radiation Free Lakeland, said she hoped the New Year would see an “upsurge of resistance” to nuclear.
If it gets the go-ahead, the first AP1000 reactor would go on stream in 2024 and all three with a combined 3.4GW capacity, operational by 2026.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said the project would bring at least 10bn of investment and create up to 21,000 jobs over the construction, including peak-on-site employment of more than 6000.
Once operational, the reactors would employ 1000