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ITV News Westcountry: Protesters gearing up for mass trespass

People protesting against plans to build a new nuclear power plant in Somerset are preparing to scale the fences of the proposed site.

After a weekend of action campaigners are planning a 'mass trespass' on the land earmarked for the Hinkley C station this morning.

Full permission to build the plant is still yet to be granted. The company behind the proposal, EDF Energy, say they have the support of the majority of local people.

Western Daily Press: Hinkley Point protest: UK nuclear plant disaster is 'inevitable'

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

Peter Smith’s comments were made at and after a weekend rally in Bridgwater against the proposed new Hinkley C nuclear power station.

French company EDF Energy, which runs the Hinkley B plant and has applied for planning permission for the new twin-reactor station, strongly rebuts Mr Smith’s claims.

Construction Enquirer: Anti-nuclear protesters to invade Hinkley site

Anti-nuclear demonstrators are planning to invade the site of EDF’s proposed new power station at Hinkley in Somerset on Monday.

The “mass trespass” is the culmination of a weekend of protests against the £2bn plant where Laing O’Rourke/Buouygues will be the main contractor and a Kier/Bam joint venture is gearing up to start a £100m groundworks contract.

The Stop New Nuclear campaign said it is looking for “people who are prepared to be arrested”.

The campaigners said: “Our aim is to make the trespass as safe and dignified as possible.

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.

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