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The anti-nuclear movement in Britain has a long and active history. The famous peace symbol that has come to have universal meaning was first adopted by the British anti-nuclear weapons movement, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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Tuesday
Nov102009

EDF holds Britain to ransom over proposed new reactors

EDF, the French state-owned electricity company, wants British ratepayers to absorb a rate increase on their fossil fuel bills in order to help pay for four proposed new EDF reactors in Britain. EDF has been accused of holding the British Government to ransom by demanding that the market be fixed to make nuclear energy competitive by ensuring that consumers paid more for electricity from fossil fuels, such as coal and gas. British consumers could see as much as $380 added to their electricity bills, a potentially untenable burden on low-income households. Unlike in the U.S., the British government has so far refused to grant subsidies to new nuclear programs, and expects private industry to finance construction. As Ben Ayliffe, a campaigner for Greenpeace, U.K., observed of EDF: “Even with the full resources of the French Government behind them, it seems they cannot make the economics of new nuclear stack up.”

Tuesday
Nov102009

Scottish reactor leaks low-level waste

Environmentalists in Scotland sounded the warning once more about the nuclear industry's incompetence when it was found that the Hunterston B reactor had leaked so-called low-level radioactive waste into the Firth of Clyde. Lang Banks, a spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund said: ". . .the history of nuclear power plants is littered with final warnings . . . Nuclear power is a dirty, dangerous and expensive energy source. The sooner Scotland is nuclear-free the better.’’

Thursday
Jul162009

Cover up of leaks at reactor could have led to fire

Watch the outstanding Channel 4 British television report about the radioactive leaks at the Sizewell A reactor and the close call that was averted by luck, then covered up for two years.

Tuesday
Jul142009

British banner is the cat's whiskers

Sunday
Jul122009

A former Energy Minister now a strong foe of nuclear power

Tony Benn, former Energy Minister and British Member of Parliament, is possibly the most famous convert to nuclear power opposition. British documentarian, Vicki Lesley, captured the inimitable Benn on video.