CAMPAIGNERS claim plans to build a nuclear power station off the coast of Essex could collapse before the end of the year. The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group says there is growing “hostility” towards proposals to build a power station in Bradwell and believes the scheme could even be shelved in the coming weeks. Group chairman Prof Andy Blowers made the bold claim after seeing Japanese firm Hitachi pull out of plans to build its own nuclear power station in north Wales. He says Hitachi’s decision underlines the “huge expense” associated with building nuclear power stations and believes the Bradwell B project will be binned because of the costs and scale of opposition. Both Colchester and Maldon councils have rejected planning applications for the power station in the past month. The applications were jointly submitted by the China General Nuclear Power Group, also known as CGN, and energy firm EDF. A spokesman for the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group said: “CGN is now fully aware of the mountain it has to climb to get anywhere near planning permission for its massive nuclear juggernaut, which will utterly destroy the environment and wellbeing of the Blackwater region. “Widespread public protest and influential councils have produced a powerful coalition of outright opposition to the proposals.
Essex Gazette 28th Sept 2020 read more »
THE company behind the proposed new nuclear power station at Bradwell has said its focus is on “progressing” the application, despite claims by campaigners that the project could be abandoned in the coming weeks or months. Local anti-nuclear campaigners, Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG), is suggesting that the cards are stacking up against Bradwell B following the announcement last week that the proposed Wylfa nuclear plant on Anglesey in Wales will not now go ahead. Plans for the Wylfa plant were pulled by Japanese company Hitachi. BANNG argues that the Wylfa project, which was supported by the local Welsh community, could only have been saved by UK government financial support to underwrite energy prices – which has not happened.
Maldon News 28th Sept 2020 read more »
Letter sent to Morning Star; Most of Carlos Martinez’s article “We must work to prevent a potentially disastrous new cold war,” 24 September) made much sense. But I take issue with his assertion that the rise of China poses “no threat whatsoever to ordinary people of the West.” It does, in a particular way. China General Nuclear Corporation, owned by the Chinese-State, wants to build a giant 25 billion pound nuclear power plant at Bradwell, on the Blackwater Estuary, in Essex, around 70 miles for central London as the crow flies. Beijing wants to go into a perverse political partnership with this terrible Tory Government, against popular wishes. Already, local councils have voted against the project.
David Lowry’s Blog 28th Sept 2020 read more »