TASC has launched a petition strongly opposing the construction of Sizewell C. It has been taken to  Greenpeace events and shops and the response has been very positive. We hope it will run until the next consultation is announced, and then if we have over 1200 signature the Full Council are obliged to debate it. The petition will be available for people to sign in the local area over the next few months. The wording is as follows:

"We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the plan by EDFE to construct 2 new Nuclear reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk. The destruction of AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), SSSI sites (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and the proximity to Minsmere bird reserve, all on our crumbling Suffolk coastline, is totally unacceptable. A government-backed programme of energy saving and clean renewable energy would combat climate change and avoid the risks of a catastrophic accident, dangers to health and the storage of highly radioactive waste at Sizewell for many years to come. SAY NO TO SIZEWELL C"

Workers at the EDF site at Hinkley Point have threatened to go on strike after receiving derisory pay offers. EDF have made a lot of noise about the number of jobs that Sizewell C would create, but it is becoming clear that the dodgy practices used to drive down wages at EDF sites abroad are being used here too.

Tim Morris, the Unite regional officer at Hinkley said of the pay deal: "This poor offer is unacceptable under all of the circumstances and our members came to Hinkley Point under the belief that they would receive excellent pay and bonuses. ..The employers think they can do this 'on the cheap' by offering a derisory bonus rate, but the workers consider it to be completely inadequate to attract and hold onto the skilled workforce necessary."1

It is not surprising that EDF are trying to cut corners and build as cheaply as they can –it is well known that they are a company in deep financial trouble. Two years ago the new Chief Executive Officer Jean-Bernard Levy said “EDF’s debt is increasing each year, that’s one of my biggest surprises when I arrived...My biggest astonishment was maybe the fact that cash flow was significantly negative.2

EDF is building nuclear power stations at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland. Both of these projects are disastrously over budget and have missed deadline after deadline. What this has translated to for workers on the ground was summed up by Kyösti Suokas, co-chairman of the Finnish Construction Union: “Olkiluoto has been a complete disappointment for us. There have been fewer than 100 Finnish builders there. It is the view of our experts that huge amounts of cheap labour have been brought here from abroad to work inefficiently”3

Things are even worse at the EDF project in Flamanville. In July 2011 the chair of the European Parliament’s employment committee, French deputy Pervenche Berès described the working conditions at Flamanville as A case of modern-day slavery”.4

The conditions at the site came to light after an investigation into a fatal accident in 2011. which resulted in EDFs main contractor Bouygues Construction, being found guilty of serious violations in labour laws and numerous breaches in health and safety in 2015.5

EDF has awarded the contract to build significant parts of Hinkley C to A consortium of Bouygues Construction and Laing O’Rourke.

Suffolk people looking for work at Sizewell C are likely to find that the promise of high quality well paid jobs from EDF is all hot air.

1http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/hinkley-point-power-station-groundworks-staff-threaten-strike-action-due-to-derisory-payment-offe/story-30282993-detail/story.html

2https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-12/edf-2014-profit-rises-as-power-production-from-reactors-gained

3http://www.plux.co.uk/slave-labour-building-nuclear-plants/

4https://reporterre.net/Flamanville-est-un-exemple-d

5https://www.challenges.fr/emploi/proces-en-appel-de-bouygues-a-flamanville-pour-fraude-au-travail-detache_437421

Download a copy of no2nuclear power here

 

Taken From: No2NuclearPower April 2017

 

5. Old Energy Order Draws to a Close

The old energy order is drawing to a close as a battery storage revolution takes off, according to the Telegraph. Over the last two years, battery costs have fallen 40%, with further falls to come as economies of scale take hold. Rapid growth in the market for battery storage, forecast by Goldman Sachs to increase by a thousand - fold from $258m (£210m) last year to $258bn in 2025, should in turn remove a number of the key economic constraints on renewable forms o f energy. Wind and solar are intermittent forms of energy, and hitherto have therefore required complementary back - up generation to ensure there is enough power in the grid at all times to service demand. The great promise of storage is that it should lend renewables the same always on” characteristics of more conventional forms of power, allowing electricity to be drawn when the wind is blowing, and given out again when it is not.

EDF Consultion Stage 2 SCC Endeavour House Joint Response. 30th January2017.

This was written following the TASC Committee meeting on the 10th February at which we discussed the Suffolk County and Suffolk District Councils report which was very critical of the EDF Consultation 2 document :

The report was voted through to 'Stage Three' by the Cabinet apart from one Councillor, Mr Richard Smith, who voted against it being approved because there had been no reference to the proposed D2 relief road. The Councillors agreed that EDF Consultation 2 fell short of important information in many respects, difficult to follow, quite confusing and, one might conclude, deliberately written with that intention. Noting often, EDF assured 'detail and clarity of intent will follow' while totally ignoring important issues raised in ''Stage One''. Their report on Consultation 2 document high-lighted the difficulty with transport and the inaccessible location and also the necessity for the new nuclear reactors to be constructed over an internationally recognised SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and AONB's (Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty).

This area currently supports many safe skilled and semi skilled jobs, with a thriving tourism, recreation and leisure services industry. It is argued by EDF that 900 high skilled jobs will be created following the completion of the nuclear power station. This, we maintain, would include security jobs as well as semi and unskilled workers and would no doubt impact on the decline to existing businesses ability, or need to recruit in tourism and recreation.

Despite this, and after much discussion at Endeavour House, with contributions to the debate from TASC (Together Against Sizewell C) and TEAGS (Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell) the Council approved their report.

It is only TASC who stand firmly opposed to the proposals to provide two nuclear reactors at Sizewell. More nuclear at Sizewell is fundermentally wrong. TASC is constantly trying to raise funds for the fight ahead at 'Stage Three' after which EDF will present their proposals to the Planning Inspectorate to the UK. We are fortunate that our secretary, Joan Girling, has produced on behalf of TASC, a splendid response to Consultation 2. Full of local knowledge of the whole area which would be drastically effected and this is now available on the TASC website.

Members and supporters, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT On Saturday 25th February at Yoxford Village Hall at 2pm, where we kick off this year with our fund raising 'Jumble Sale'. Contributions are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there. 20p entrance.

EDF Energy has announced  that the next stage of the formal consultation on the proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell will run from 23 November 2016 to 3 February 2017. The TASC secretary, Joan Girling was asked by the East Anglian Daily Times to give a statement about the announcement..

 

Statement from TASC to EADT 8-11-2016

We are pleased that, after waiting four years almost to the day, we are at last going to see the results of the work that EdF have undertaken in response to all the issues that were indentified in the 1st consultation. However it is very unfortunate that EdF consider it perfectly acceptable to put this to the Local Authorities and to local groups and individuals over the Christmas period. Just as they did four years ago.

Nevertheless TASC are ready for whatever the 2nd Consultation contains.

The many areas of concern which were flagged up at the woefully inadequate 1st stage consultation must be seen to be addressed by EdF.

We will be looking for an in depth assessment of the amount of land which is to be part of the development of SZC, ground plans of the footprint of the proposed buildings for two EPRs and the ancillary buildings which accompany this massive construction, all in a totally inappropriate site. The consultation should include the areas in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be used for all construction work, storage, concrete batching plant etc , and the Marine Off Loading Facility (MOLF) on our Heritage Coast. We will also look for the Environmental Impact that will occur and which should be documented in the consultation.

TASC feels it is a retrograde step for Central Government to take us down the new nuclear route. Their National Policy Statements on Energy are outdated and outmoded. The documents state that “we need new nuclear in the mix for electricity production”. TASC contests it can be proven that we do not need new nuclear, this is proven by the Governments own figures.

Many new exciting technologies are already in use and even more are coming on stream, why are Government apparently blind to a new way of thinking? Why would a government agree to using old, unproven, dangerous, waste producing, nuclear technology, when more forward looking governments are forging ahead with renewable electricity production that is non polluting and will be available long before SZC is generating electricity.

TASC asks the government to progress an Energy Road map which phases out nuclear power. One which does not add to our existing huge stockpile of radioactive waste, one which uses renewable technology. Great Britian should be leading the way we have the innovation and expertise. But other countries are showing us how it can be achieved. A very sorry state of affairs.

Joan Girling on behalf of TASC

SZC Not for Me