Sunday, 2 May 2010


Antinuclear Meeting in Bristol 17 November 2009

Representatives from
South Gloucestershire Friends of the Earth (FOE) ;
Stop Hinkley,;
Shepperdine against nuclear energy (SANE) ;
Bristol Greenpeace
and Bristol City Council 
met in Bristol to form a coalition against nuclear new build at Hinkley and Oldbury.

Reg Illingworth from SANE reported on his recent visit to Finland to see the nuclear power station that is being built at Okiluoto. He said that although the build is three years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget the local council is in favour of it because they receive massive funding from the 4,200 foreign workers who are all paying high local taxes. He said that the same type of reactor was proposed for Shepperdine as that currently being built at Okiluoto. The council that represents Shepperdine is also in favour of building a new nuclear power station, because they say that it will provide lots of jobs.

One of the problems at Okiluoto has been the multinational nature of the workforce. This would very likely be a problem at Shepperdine too. The local council at Okiluoto is perfectly happy about the extended build time since they are raking in huge amounts of local taxes. It will take more than eight years to finish building Okiluoto. This could well be the case in Shepperdine too.

Of course Okiluoto is on an island and much of the building material is delivered by boat. At Shepperdine a huge landing stage would have to be built, which would cause considerable ecological damage to the Severn estuary.
Mark Wright, the Liberal Democrat Bristol City Councillor and Parliamentary candidate told the meeting that he is about to propose a motion to the City Council condemning nuclear power and nuclear new build. He will put out a press release to this effect. The meeting asked Mark if he would also propose that Bristol  become a Nuclear Free Local Authority again.

No to Nuclear

28 April 2010 blockade of "l'Elysée" by anti-nuclear activists

On the 28th April French Anti-nuclear activists blocked the main entrance to the Elysée (the equivalent of 10 downing street) for 30 minutes.  Out of the 15 activists involved, 10 were arrested but later released including a 78 year old man.

Check out the photos here (all rights reserved):

Stop the Nuclear Trains

On July 10th 2010, the Nuclear Train Action Group is organising a major rally and march to demand this danger is ended by the trains being stopped or re-routed away from the Olympic site.
Trains carrying highly-radioactive nuclear fuel rods pass though the Olympic site weekly between Stratford and Hackney Wick Stations* 
A terrorist attack on these trains in the vicinity of the Olympic site which succeeded in breaking open the rods’ container would cause a terrorist spectacular, as it would result in the release of high-level radiation which would kill thousands of people down-wind at the site and in the surrounding area and require immediate mass evacuation of these areas.

DETAILS: Meet 2pm, In Victoria Park, by Cadogan Gate Entrance, Cadogan Terrace E9 (near Hackney Wick station) for rally with eminent speakers.2.45pm. March starts from Victoria Park, passing Hackney Wick station and then skirting the southern boundary of the Olympic site along a canal towpath and the Green way to Stratford station.3pm: Symbolic die-in outside Stratford Station to represent the consequences of a terrorist attack on a nuclear trains, followed by leafletting in Stratford Market and Shopping Centre to alert the public to this danger.
This demonstration is supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and London Region CND.

(*Currently, while the North London Line is closed for up-grading, nuclear trains are being diverted from Stratford up through South Tottenham.  However they are still passing alongside the Olympic site, so the terrorist danger remains.)
Nuclear Trains Action Group, Mordechai Vanunu House, 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ; tel 020-7607 2302; fax c/o 020-7700 2357

Stop the Nuclear White Elefants

Lads to Walk 1,000 Miles across UK for Chernobyl Children

In July and August 2010, Alex Walker and Liam Kirkwood will be walking the 1000 (and a bit) miles from Land's End in Cornwall to John O'Groats on the North coast of Scotland. The walk is to raise both money and awareness for the Chernobyl Children's Project, a charity whose main goal is to provide humanitarian aid to those who are still feeling the profound effects of the Chernobyl nuclear power-plant disaster. The pair will be relying solely on the generosity of the public to make the walk possible, and together with a number of fund-raising events aim to raise £3000.

You can find more details here:

and here:

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