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Wave of UK protests to mark anniversary of Fukuhima disaster

The recent spate of flooding has once again highlighted the vulnerability of the UK’s nuclear power stations. In particular, Hinkley Point nuclear power station is close to the centre of the recent floods and earthquake in Somerset.

A recent Defra report revealed that 12 of our 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and costal erosion. Of these, 9 sites including Sizewell and Hartlepool nuclear power stations, are at immediate risk, the report concluded.

During the recent storms, residents in Morecambe Bay were alarmed to see waves breaching the flood defence wall of Heysham nuclear power station. On the third anniversary of the Fukushima tragedy (Tuesday 11th), they will be holding a vigil and presenting their fears about flooding and related radiation leaks to the plant’s operator, EDF Energy.

And while the stricken Fukushima Daiichi reactors continues to emit high levels of toxic radiation, there is growing concern about the increasing instability of the Europe’s ageing reactors. A new Greenpeace report warns that we are entering a ‘new era of risk’ as governments begin to extend the life of nuclear reactors beyond advised safety limits.

Camilla Berens, spokesperson for the Stop New Nuclear Alliance, says lessons must be learned from Fukushima. ‘Our hearts go out to the thousands of people affected by the ongoing disaster in Japan,’ she said. ‘If the Japanese nuclear industry can’t protect people from radiation poisoning, then no country can. The UK’s power stations are growing increasingly decrepit and our climate is getting more unpredictable. It’s a very worrying combination. We must take the lead from Germany and develop a new mindset for sustainable energy provision.’
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