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Morgan to write to Tony Blair to oppose construction of six new nuclear power stations across Britain

11 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD speaking as the British government is to publish a review of it's energy policy said "The threat of a new wave of nuclear power plants across Britain will cause huge concern to people in Ireland, particularly given our experience of the Sellafield nuclear power plant." Deputy Morgan is to write to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair immediately opposing plans to build up to six new nuclear power stations across Britain.

Deputy Morgan said, "The British government will release its energy review later today and it is expected to include proposals for the construction of six new nuclear power stations. This will cause huge concern right across Ireland given our experience of the Sellafield nuclear power plant. For decades now people on the eastern Irish seaboard have been living in the shadow of what is the most discredited and unstable nuclear power plant in all of Western Europe. Over this time we have had to deal with health concerns, consistent safety lapses, missing plutonium and inaccessible radioactive ponds.

"We want a complete closure of the Plant, on a phased basis. We want a proper clean-up operation and we want more openness and no more cover-ups from the British Government on this issue.

"Nuclear power can never be a viable option. The devastation caused twenty years ago at Chernobyl and the after-effects, which will be felt for many more generations should be enough to make us stop in our tracks and think again.

"Some time ago I raised the issue of Sellafield and ongoing problems faced in Ireland as a result of this nuclear facility with the British Prime Minister in Downing Street. At that time Margaret Beckett was in charge of the Environment portfolio at Whitehall and there were hopes that Britain would be moving away from nuclear power. Today's energy review indicates a shift in policy which will put nuclear power back in the ascendancy.

"I intend to write to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair immediately to oppose the expansion of Britain's nuclear industry. I will be making it very clear to the British Government and to the nuclear industry that we are very serious about defending the health and safety of the people of Ireland." ENDS

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