29 JULY 2016

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Greg Clark, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has received a report compiled by members of Together Against Sizewell C (TASC), a Leiston-based organisation opposed to the construction of another nuclear plant at Sizewell in Suffolk, which clearly and unequivocally demonstrates that the nuclear component of the energy policy being pursued by the government is unnecessary.

The report argues that the data upon which the original policy was based has changed so fundamentally over the last few years that a review of the National Policy statement as expressed in EN1 is obligatory under Section 6 of the 2008 Planning Act. All government targets can be met without the nuclear component and TASC urges the Secretary of State to re-examine the policy and amend it to remove controversial, costly, dangerous and politically toxic nuclear power from the mix.

 

TASC’s report (Nuclear Power: New Evidence - A call for a statutory review of the Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) made pursuant to Section 6 of the Planning Act 2008) is accompanied by a letter from lawyers Leigh Day who are acting for TASC.

Pete Wilkinson, TASC’s Chairperson, said today, ‘We are putting the government on notice that it has an obligation to examine the energy situation in the UK very carefully. The years of uncertainty and controversy which have surrounded Hinkley Point C’s proposed development have left the country confused and bemused. Component paperwork falsification, terrorism, emergency evacuation concerns, health issues and a host of other problems which nuclear power faces must surely cause the government to doubt the wisdom of including nuclear over the rapid development of decentralisation, renewables, efficiency and renewables/appropriate technology.

‘TASC did what the former DECC has asked us to do: look at the ‘pathways’ section of its website and construct more sensible and workable energy options. We urge Greg Clark to read the report and come to the conclusions that we have: we do not need nuclear power and it is time to abandon nuclear.’