The Atom: A Love Affair Premiered 15th May 2020


Explanation of the film:

The Atom: A Love Affair is a sweeping story of technological obsession, political imperatives and powerful, conflicting passions, 'The Atom: A Love Affair' is a documentary shedding new light on the present and future of nuclear power by delving deep into the story of its past. An ambitious international feature documentary revealing the West's rollercoaster love-hate relationship with nuclear power since the end of World War 2. In a dramatic tale of belief, betrayal, intrigue and hope, the film hears first hand from the scientists, engineers, politicians and campaigners who have navigated the complex passions and political imperatives of the Twentieth Century's most controversial energy source. “The Atom: A Love Affair takes no sides, and pulls no punches in its witty and admirably objective archival account of the West’s relationship with nuclear power” — New Scientist

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It costs £11.99 to view (Discount available for Curzon Cinema Members)


Here is the link tio watch:
Linking Coronavirus, Climate Crisis, Sea Level and environmental concerns at NFLA meeting in Suffolk

"To put a nuclear plant (power station) on a beach is some sort of level of insanity"

Linda Pentz Gunter from Beyond Nuclear International was one of a stellar cast of speakers at the special forum public meeting held in Saxmundham, Suffolk on Saturday 14th March 2020. At probably one of the last meetings to go ahead before the recommendations for 'social distancing' because of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The following presentations were made:

Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International: Nuclear power and systemic harm to animals and nature – The international picture

Simon Barnes, environmentalist: Sizewell C and its impact on local wildlife, a personal view

Ben McFarland, Head of Conservation, Suffolk Wildlife Trust: Sizewell C – threats to protected species and habitats

Rachel Fulcher, Co-ordinator of Friends of the Earth Suffolk: Nature, health and well-being – potential impacts of Sizewell C (also see video

Pete Wilkinson, Chair of Together Against Sizewell C (TASC), in association with Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell C (TEAGS): What are the other non-environmental risks in developing Sizewell C?

Professor Andrew Blowers, Chair of Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG): Sizewell C and Bradwell B and the likely effects of climate change

Paul Collins of Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) presented a second video here:

TEAGS are changing their identity to Stop Sizewell C:

Many thanks to BANNG (Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group), Nuclear free local authorities for the great videos , fantasitic TASCers and everyone else involved. 
Below is a link to BANNG youtube

I am afraid that in the light of the Covid 19 outbreak , we have decided to take the precaution of cancelling this event . We will be investigating the possibility of having an online showing in the future.
Why we selected this film
“EDF want to charge the British public a £6 annual premium on energy bills that will go straight to the French government to finance Sizewell C. To add insult to injury this will make every family an accessory to the further destruction of our heritage areas by helping EDF build their redundant white elephant on our precious coastline. This ridiculous, government supported scheme represents the shifting of the financing for new nuclear plants from the much-trumpeted original position of ‘no subsidies’ to the unavoidable reality of ‘transfer the cost to the public’. It includes picking up some of the financial risk for the inevitable overruns in costs that will occur from building Sizewell C. This is a bad deal for all consumers in the UK, in particular for the residents of east Suffolk.
Pete Wilkinson

Director's statement
“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
For the last 50 years, France has generated 75% of its electricity through nuclear power – the only country in the world to do so. This dependence is now sending the state-owned company EDF towards bankruptcy. The new French EPR reactor has experienced many completion delays in Flamanville, France, and in Finland. The costs keep on rising and France is now spending tens of billions in a bid to master this excessively complex technology. So why has France approved the construction of two more EPRs in the UK at Hinkley Point despite fierce opposition even within EDF? An increasing number of countries are phasing out nuclear power, we still do not know how to decommission plants at the end of their lifespan and the cost of renewables is constantly falling. France is finding itself increasingly isolated in its pro-nuclear choices. These choices weigh very heavily on the State’s budget and mean that France is lagging extremely behind in the energy transition. Who will pay the bill for nuclear energy?

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

EDF are seeking planning permission for the relocation of several Sizewell B buildings.

TASC and many other groups firmly believe that EDF are trying to get ahead of the game by going to East Suffolk Council via the Town and Country Planning System instead of submitting their plans as part of the Sizewell C  Development Consent order to the Planning Inspectorate.

You will find the TASC objection among others via the East Suffolk Planning applications page at Put Sizewell B into the search box and it should come up as the first notice. If you wish to leave a comment on the planning site it is possible to do so, though you will have to register/login in order to submit it.