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High court ruling on nuclear power stations points to British deceit

15 February, 2007

Sinn Féin South Down Assembly candidate Cllr Willie Clarke has welcomed today's ruling by the British High Court on the consultation process behind the building of a new generation of nuclear power stations, which was described as 'seriously flawed' and 'procedurally unfair'.

The High Court action was taken by Green Peace in a bid to get the British government to rethink its nuclear build programme.

Cllr Clarke said:

"I welcome today's decision which highlights the Labour Government's deceit on this issue. In 2003, an energy white paper described nuclear power as an 'unattractive option' so there is no logic behind a policy based on building a new generation of nuclear power stations.

"It is now time for British ministers to go back to the drawing board and reduce our CO2 omissions through clean, green renewable energy.

"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the building of a new generation of nuclear power stations in Ireland or Britain. For decades now, people on the eastern Irish seaboard have been living in the shadow of Sellafield, probably the most discredited and unstable nuclear facility 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.

"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. We should be seeking to decommission existing nuclear facilities, not be building more of them. We favour a shift towards efficient and cost-effective renewable energy with a particular emphasis on solar and wind power." ENDS

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