Petitioning The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Say NO to new nuclear power station at Bradwell!

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We, the undersigned, oppose any proposal for the development of a new nuclear power station and the long-term, on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel and other high-level radioactive wastes at Bradwell.     

It is understood that a deal between Chinese nuclear companies and EDF enabling Chinese investment in developing a new nuclear power station at the Bradwell site, supported by the Government, will be agreed during the Chinese Premier’s state visit to the UK in October.

This affects not only the present generation, but in view of the timescales, many future generations.

The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) restates its long-standing opposition to new nuclear development at Bradwell for the following reasons:

- the site is on a shallow estuary wholly unsuitable and liable to inundation resulting from sea-level rise, storm surges and coastal changes;

- it is dangerous to leave highly radioactive spent fuel and other high-level radioactive wastes on such a vulnerable site, especially when there is no agreed policy for managing such wastes now and in the far future;

- the shallow Blackwater estuary does not have the capacity to provide sufficient cooling water for the reactors and extraction of large volumes of water will damage the marine environment;  cooling towers may be required on a low-lying coast; 

- it will compromise the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) status recently awarded to the Blackwater estuary, which already has many other national and international designations to protect it as an area of scientific and natural importance;

- it will have a detrimental effect on employment in the fishing and oyster industries as well as on tourism and holiday businesses and on the wide spread and intensive sailing and water-based leisure activities in the estuary;

- in the event of a major accident it will be impossible to evacuate successfully many of the communities around the Blackwater.

 Furthermore, BANNG is concerned that investment by foreign countries in vital nuclear infrastructure may pose a threat to national security.

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