Nuclear horror must be averted for all our sakes
This is a copy of a letter sent to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey.
I am horrified to discover that the Government are intending to break their word, and use British taxpayers' money to subsidise EDF's proposed building of a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point.
In the context of the nuclear accident at Fukushima and the threatened nuclear accident in America during the hurricanes in 2011, I regard EDF's intention to build another nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point as insane.
As a taxpayer, I do not want a single penny of my money being used to support EDF or any other agency in building nuclear reactors.
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Global weather systems are becoming increasingly unstable due to factors such as the melting of the polar ice caps. EDF's plans for Hinkley C do not make adequate provision for the danger of flooding and structural damage arising from an unforeseen tidal wave event.
This is not a remote or theoretical possibility. In fact, in 1607 exactly such a tidal wave occurred.
Furthermore, there is inadequate and negligent planning for the protection of the people of Somerset, Devon and South Wales from harm in the event of a worse-case scenario accident, whether caused by human error, malicious attack, technical failure or natural events.
Nuclear reactors are extremely expensive to build, a hazard to all who work in the power stations, expensive to run and hazardous to decommission.
EDF's proposal for the disposal of toxic waste produced by this facility, is totally inadequate. The storage of such waste on site exposes the population to the risk of contamination. There is already evidence that the people of Burnham-on-Sea suffer from higher rates of cancer and other illnesses associated with radiation poisoning, so clearly the storage of waste on site is already problematic. Given that the people of Cumbria have had the good sense to refuse to allow the storage of nuclear waste there, what is going to happen with this waste?
As yet, no one has discovered a means of rendering nuclear waste safe. Knowing this, to build more nuclear reactors is negligent towards future generations who must maintain the containment of the waste produced by EDF. It is particularly irresponsible because it assumes that future generations will have the information and the social and physical resources they will need to contain such toxic material and how can we possibly know if that will be the case?
It is not as if there are no alternatives.
Firstly, it is well-known that the National Grid for distributing electricity is highly inefficient and would make more sense to invest our money in increasing the efficiency of the storage and distribution of electricity than to subsidise the production of energy which carries such unacceptable risks. In the light of our current economic challenges, it is extraordinary that the Government is considering giving billions of British taxpayers' money to a French company instead.
They are putting our lives at risk rather than putting their house in order. Nuclear power is neither clean nor cheap.
Mrs R Stuckey
Having already changed supplier away from EDF so that I would not subsidise their nuclear ambitions, I was horrified to hear the Government intends to levy all electricity prices to support this monster, despite previously stating otherwise.
I will explore options that avoid paying the proposed nuclear levy. I'm sure many others will too.
Downwind of Hinkley Point