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Nuclear engineer slams industry safety standards: speech given at anti-nuclear protest rally

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06.10.12

A specialist engineer who worked at Hinkley Point nuclear power station for almost 30 years yesterday slammed the nuclear industry’s approach to safety and predicted that a Fukushima-type disaster in the UK was ‘almost inevitable’.

This is Somerset: Video: Anti-nuclear campaigners begin Stop Hinkley protest in Bridgwater

Anti-nuclear campaigners from all over Britain began a weekend-long protest in Bridgwater yesterday, against the proposed construction nearby of the Hinkley C nuclear power station.

The main aim of Saturday's rally was to raise awareness within the community that, should the project get the go-ahead from the government, Hinkley Point will become a storage facility for tons of high-level radioactive spent fuel for over 100 years and the threat that might represent to Somerset and the UK at large.

Morning Star: Anti-nuclear activists trespass Hinckley

Anti-nuclear activists will attempt a mass trespass tomorrow to stop construction of a new nuclear power plant in Somerset.

Demonstrators at a protest camp outside the Hinkley Point construction site were making last-minute preparations today as the Morning Star went to print, with an operation planned for the early hours of Monday morning.

The Stop New Nuclear Alliance's Camilla Berens told the Star the camp was a mix of veteran campaigners and young people - and that for many it was their first taste of civil disobedience.

Video Bridgwater march, 6 October 2012

This is the West Country: Campaigners stage weekend rally at Hinkley Point

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against nuclear power are basing themselves at Hinkley Point for a two-day rally.

After marching through Bridgwater with imitation radioactive waste barrels, the group has moved to land outside the power station, setting up camp at North Wick Moor.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C construction director, said: “We respect the rights of individuals to peaceful and lawful protest, however, we are also mindful of the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.

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