The Sizewell consultation document places a great deal of emphasise on the job opportunities the power station could provide. Edf has been severely criticised by representatives of its own workforce who are wary of going ahead with Hinkley given the financial difficulties the company faces. On July 28, EDF’s board voted 10 to 7 to proceed with the project. All six staff representatives and one other board member voted against, while one board member resigned in protest against EDF’s strategy. In August 2016 worker representatives on the board filed a challenge to overturn the company’s controversial decision to build the reactors. They protested against the participation of several directors “with conflicts of interests”, claiming that some of the EDF board members who voted in favour of Hinkley Point represent companies that are EDF customers and could benefit from the UK contract.
Peter Lux 4th Jan 2016 read more »
As we begin a new year of campaigning against nuclear in general, and Sizewell in particular, it is worth looking back brieﬂy over the past months, which has chronicled some of the worst possible concerns about the integrity of the nuclear industry. As you are aware, Electricitie de France (EdF) owns all the British operating nuclear reactors and in 2016 was awarded, in partnership With China General Nuclear Power, two new reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset at a cost of upwards of £18bn. This despite EdF having major operational problems, ﬁnancial instability, delays, over-runs, safety concerns, alleged false accounting, anti-competitive practice and huge ongoing legal battles. In July 2016, its sister company: Areva, suffered spiraling debts, tippled towards bankruptcy and it was alleged that important documents had been falsiﬁed. The ailing EdF stepped into offer 2.5billion Euros to purchase Areva’s reactor construction business, the division that will build Hinkley C.
Shut Down Sizewell 4th Jan 2017 read more »
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council will be giving its views on the stage two consultation for Sizewell C – examining the main issues which will affect the town and its area for years to come. Town councillors met with residents last month at a special meeting to hear their concerns, when EDF officials were also on hand to explain the progress of the project and answer questions. The town council is broadly in favour of Sizewell C but wants to ensure the best deal for the town and “to ensure that the lessons of the past are learned from and not repeated”. Councillors have expressed a range of concerns, with the main worry being the siting of the accommodation campus for 2,400 workers at nearby Eastbridge.
East Anglian Daily Times 4th Jan 2017 read more »