Together Against Sizewell C are pleased to welcome Mr Kazuhiko Kobayashi from Fukushima, Japan.

19:30 on Tuesday 26 Nov 2019 Leiston Community Centre

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On a recent visit to Cumbria by Kazuhiko, Marianne Birkby reports:

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland met up with Kazuhiko last autumn to show him the Sellafield area and he told us that there is money for climate research but not so much for research into the impacts of radiation on our food and health. He is a kind gentle man and he was visibly shocked to see the scale of Sellafield. Kazuhiko broke down in tears within the shadow of Sellafield, at the impacts the nuclear industry is having on our children’s health. His passionate opposition to nuclear power and weapons, his work for change and to help those impacted, is an inspiration”

Whether use of nuclear weapons or accidents of nuclear power plants by natural catastrophe or human errors or terror attacks, the danger that the whole earth could be destroyed, contaminated and rendered uninhabitable forever, is drawing ever closer.

Nuclear disaster, which cannot be excluded 100percent, could pollute the earth and not only human bodies but all kinds of lives with its radioactivity over hundreds years
and longer. But nobody can take responsibility”

Kazuhiko Kobayashi has only one wish as he approaches the autumn of his life: ‘To speak from my innermost soul, to follow my conscience and to act for the suffering of innocent (Fukushima) children.’ TASC is honoured to host such a dedicated opponent of a technology which has devastated the lives of tens of thousands of Japanese people and which continues to poison the Pacific Ocean as a result of the Fukushima disaster. Our hearts go out to those all over the world who have suffered from the effects of civil and military uses of nuclear power and we thank Kazuhiko for bringing his warning from Japan to Suffolk. Let’s hope we heed it.

TASC will always campaign against irresponsible governments and this dangerous industry

Mr. Kazuhiko organises respite for children and families who have been impacted by the ongoing Fukushima disaster. Proceeds from the evening will be put towards the Children of Fukushima Fund.

Entrance fee £3.00

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Organised by NFLA, BANNG, TASC, Stop Hinkley

Saturday 26th October 10.30am – 1.30pm,

Studio 1, ‘Firstsite’ Gallery

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH

New nuclear power plants in England -

The climate, siting, waste
and finance risks of

Bradwell B, Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C

A seminar for councillors, council officers and NGOs on the risks of new nuclear in England and the benefits of pursuing decentralised energy alternatives to mitigate the climate emergency

The seminar is a free event open to councillors and council officers, nuclear policy NGOs, environmental NGOs and those simply interested in this subject matter. It is part of the NFLA’s and the NGO’s views on challenging the need for new nuclear build and show the fossil free, nuclear free alternatives to mitigate climate change and deliver ‘zero carbon’ towns, cities and counties.

If you are planning to attend, could you please send an email to confirm with your name and local authority/NGO if applicable to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The story behind EDF’s decision to invest two-thirds of the £20 billion Hinkley Point project, a forerunner for the Sizewell C EPR development, is the subject of Patrick Benquet’s film, ‘The French Nuclear Trap’.

TASC will screen the UK premier of this film at Leiston Film Theatre on Sunday 29th September. The film runs for about 70 minutes, there is free entry, no pre-booking required and the doors open 2.30pm.

"Those who champion nuclear energy view the world through an industry, the decline of which they refuse to acknowledge. The revolution of renewables underway in our societies is seen as an attack. They stubbornly maintain that nuclear power generates safer and cheaper electricity than all the other energy sources… Our film strives to demonstrate that not only is this argument wrong, but that it is concealing a disastrous financial reality: the bill that future generations will have to pay due to nuclear power is colossal. Each nuclear disaster (Chernobyl, Fukushima), by increasing the obligation for new safety measures, sends costs spiralling and results in the construction of prototypes such as the EPR, which is exorbitant and so technologically complicated that many engineers are now saying that it will never work."

Patrick Benquet

FAULTY WELDS AT FLAMANVILLE AND FINANCIAL FRAILTY CAST A LONG SHADOW OVER EDF’S COMPETENCE AND SUITABILITY TO BUILD SIZEWELL C.

TASC have grave concerns about the financial stability of EDF and the safety of their nuclear reactors following the announcement earlier this month that more welding problems have been identified in its nuclear reactor components, triggering a 7% fall in the company’s share price on the day of the announcement.

EDF has been dogged by repeated problems with the quality of nuclear reactor components, including the previously reported faulty welds in its flagship EPR project in Flamanville, France, as well as anomalies in the records for manufacturing other reactor components at the Creusot forge. These add to the concerns about the suitability of nuclear energy as a safe source of electricity following the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters. Despite EDF’s often repeated and wrongly claimed assertion that ‘the waste problems is solved’, nuclear power also faces a raft of as-yet unresolved issues – some of which are possible ‘show stoppers’ - of how to render some lethal radioactive waste safe and permanently isolated from the environment for thousands of years. There are additional doubts about the economic viability of new nuclear power as the costs of renewable energy plunges, highlighted by the recent offshore wind contracts being priced at less than half the price that EDF will be charging for electricity from the Hinkley Point C reactors if they are ever completed.

On 10th September the Financial Times reported,

EDF is engaged in a €45bn investment programme to prolong the life of its (French) fleet of nuclear power stations but must also invest in renewables and close 14 plants by 2035 as part of a push to cut the percentage of nuclear electricity used in France from 72 per cent to 50 per cent.

It must find the cash for all of that while carrying €37.4bn in net debt and roughly double that if some hybrid debt and its pension and nuclear liabilities are included.

The government injected billions into EDF through a €4bn capital raise in 2017, while the company’s previous chief financial officer quit over concerns about strains Hinkley Point, the UK-based power station, was putting on the balance sheet.”

Pete Wilkinson, TASC’s Chairman, said today, ‘It is now beyond credible that EDF can be given the responsibility to build EPRs in the UK. They are financially incompetent and the entire EPR programme – and hence the government’s nuclear energy component of its so-called energy policy – is in tatters. They face unresolved waste management problems, growing concerns about the health effect of routine radioactive waste discharges and mounting opposition in the east Suffolk area which faces devastation should Sizewell C be given approval. Time to dump nuclear and EDF along with it.’

Thanks to Dr. Paul Dorfman for his assistance to TASC with the film. CPBFILMS Paris for allowing us to Premier the documentary.

 

 

3 TASC members and several other groups are meeting with the Environment Agency