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March 11th 2015
Please join us at Lydney Harbour on March 11th at 6pm to commemorate FUKUSHIMA DAY
Four years ago a tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a tidal wave to breach the defences of a nuclear power station. 120,00 people had to evacuate their homes, some as far away as 30 k from the plant. Most of these people are still evacuated and many will never return to their homes.
In Lydney we are 10k and in Coleford 17k from the site of the proposed Nuclear Power Station at Oldbury.
We will meet at the Standing Stones and picnic tables at Lydney Harbour.
We will take the short walk to the gate over the canal where we will throw flowers into the water to a background of Japanese music.
We will read out personal messages that we have sent to the people of Fukushima, then write new messages for the people of Lydney who walk along the path and see Oldbury power station.
We will end by lighting our lanterns and singing together.
Please join us and help to make this an important and memorable day for the people living in the shadow of Oldbury and Berkeley.
9th October 2014
EU Commission agrees to allow "illegal" subsidy for new Hinkley Nuclear Power Station
Molly Scott Cato talking at STAND's Fukushima Day in March
"A massive setback for renewable energy in the South West" says MEP
Commenting on the decision and the Greens' continuing opposition to Hinkley and nuclear, Molly Scott Cato said:
"In waving through the massively problematic Hinkley C deal, the outgoing Barroso-led EU Commission is giving a cynical boost to nuclear power. There can be no doubt that the generous terms being offered by the UK government to EDF on Hinkley C amounts to illegal state aid under EU rules. It is a scandal that one of the final acts of the Barroso Commission is to turn a blind eye to the illegality of the Hinkley deal.
"This deal, and the precedent it creates, is a massive setback for renewable energy in the South West and the rest of the UK. Small scale renewable energy producers will find it difficult to compete with large scale subsidised nuclear, meaning the thousands of potential jobs that could be created in the renewables sector will be lost.
"Today's decision by the Commission will not be the last word. The European Commission cannot be allowed to clear the path for further exorbitant public spending on this dated and dangerous technology, when we should be promoting a safe and sustainable energy future for Europe. Greens will fully support any legal challenges that may now present themselves.”
STAND says: STAND is non-party political and does not promote any political party over another, but we must note that only the Green Party and its prospective parliamentary candidate for the Forest of Dean, James Greenwood, have come out against nuclear power. While the Labour party is not at this point in time against Nuclear Power, Steve Parry-Hearne, the proposed Labour Candidate for the Forest of Dean, does support STAND in its oppostion to a proposed NP station at Oldbury.
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