Burnham political rivals give their reaction to Hinkley C strike price

Tessa Munt

James Heappey

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HERE is how Burnham and Highbridge’s MP, LibDem Tessa Munt, and the man hoping to replace her at the next general election, Tory James Heappey, have reacted to this week’s agreement between the Government and EDF Energy over a ‘strike price’ for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Tessa Munt: “This is a huge project, estimated to cost £16bn, and French Government-backed EDF has promised 25,000 jobs over its lifetime. If handled properly, these jobs will be good for Somerset, and the project has the potential to provide a huge boost to the region’s economy.

“It is no secret that I have deep-seated reservations about nuclear power generation. My main concern has always been that no long-term plan exists to deal with the last 60 years’ waste, let alone the next 60 years.

“However, yesterday's news makes it abundantly clear that Hinkley C will go ahead, so my focus now turns to ensuring local people and businesses get the best possible benefit and those who have concerns over the environmental and safety aspects get answers.

“With my ‘business hat’ on, I will continue to seek guarantees that Treasury Ministers will ensure French and Chinese investment benefits local residents and contributes to the region’s economy, not just their own. “I have already met with Treasury Ministers about this, and have been invited back for another meeting on November 4.”

James Heappey: “This is such good news for Somerset. The Hinkley project had been stalling for a while – not least because of the Lib Dems’ prevarication over public subsidies for nuclear energy - and so it is a relief to now see the investment secured and the promise of thousands of new jobs for local people in the Burnham area and beyond.

“Not only will this provide thousands of jobs but also a clean source of home-grown energy and a reduction of bills for hardworking people by £75 a year by 2030.’ “The massive investment that comes with Hinkley is great news for our area but the pylons that connect it to Avonmouth continue to be a real threat.

“The consultation period is nearing its end and so I urge people to send back their comments to National Grid and to write to Energy Secretary Ed Davey to demand that something is done about these awful pylons.

“We need Hinkley Point but the connection to the rest of our electricity infrastructure must go underground or, much better still, under the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.

“Bridgwater College will provide the station with the highly skilled staff it will need in the future, meaning there are some great opportunities for young people living locally.

“Hinkley C will provide jobs and economic stability in the area for generations to come. Everyone involved in this project realises its importance to the people of our part of Somerset.”

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1:38pm Sat 26 Oct 13

PCAH says...

We've been here before and the earlier Hinkley C was finally abandoned about ten years ago principally on the basis that the known nuclear radiation health damage suffered by Somerset residents since 1965 was not justifiable.
Hinkley C cannot go ahead this time either, not only because we're fed up with paying for nuclear with our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. The economics of Hinkley C make it a ludicrous waste of energy consumers' and taxpayers' money. Twice the current price guaranteed for 35 years, all the fictional 'profits' donated to EDF and the Chinese to take with them as they leave us with all the spent fuel on site for thousands of years, waste costs which are currently £100billion and counting just for legacy waste.
Cameron said "The nuclear industry in Somerset has an excellent safety record - local people know that." He's wrong again. What local people know is that the nearer they live to Hinkley the more likely they are to die prematurely from cancer, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system premature mortality. Our children are more likely to get leukaemia, our teenagers are at high risk of leukaemia, our risk of losing our unborn children is increasing, birth defects have cost the NHS £millions over the past 45 years. And it's all avoidable. EDF, with or without the Chinese can build on-shore wind and solar farms on all their UK coastal nuclear sites which would replace the nuclear output by 2022, years before Hinkley C would produce one watt. Nuclear regulators also need to shut down the Hinkley B AGR reactors which are right on the verge of core meltdown due to age related graphite brick cracks and misalignment, faulty boiler tube welds, failure of fuel pins. Human error is what will cause the next Fukushima and it's highly likely to happen at Hinkley. All these statements are supported by published scientific and epidemiology studies which can be found on the Stop Hinkley website. It's not quite too late to stop Hinkley C. If we don't, our best bet is to move away from Somerset before it becomes totally uninhabitable.
We've been here before and the earlier Hinkley C was finally abandoned about ten years ago principally on the basis that the known nuclear radiation health damage suffered by Somerset residents since 1965 was not justifiable. Hinkley C cannot go ahead this time either, not only because we're fed up with paying for nuclear with our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. The economics of Hinkley C make it a ludicrous waste of energy consumers' and taxpayers' money. Twice the current price guaranteed for 35 years, all the fictional 'profits' donated to EDF and the Chinese to take with them as they leave us with all the spent fuel on site for thousands of years, waste costs which are currently £100billion and counting just for legacy waste. Cameron said "The nuclear industry in Somerset has an excellent safety record - local people know that." He's wrong again. What local people know is that the nearer they live to Hinkley the more likely they are to die prematurely from cancer, cardiovascular disease, central nervous system premature mortality. Our children are more likely to get leukaemia, our teenagers are at high risk of leukaemia, our risk of losing our unborn children is increasing, birth defects have cost the NHS £millions over the past 45 years. And it's all avoidable. EDF, with or without the Chinese can build on-shore wind and solar farms on all their UK coastal nuclear sites which would replace the nuclear output by 2022, years before Hinkley C would produce one watt. Nuclear regulators also need to shut down the Hinkley B AGR reactors which are right on the verge of core meltdown due to age related graphite brick cracks and misalignment, faulty boiler tube welds, failure of fuel pins. Human error is what will cause the next Fukushima and it's highly likely to happen at Hinkley. All these statements are supported by published scientific and epidemiology studies which can be found on the Stop Hinkley website. It's not quite too late to stop Hinkley C. If we don't, our best bet is to move away from Somerset before it becomes totally uninhabitable. PCAH
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