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THE TRUE FACTS ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER

Why it is: Unaffordable - Dangerous - Unnecessary - Bad For The Environment


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SMALL MODULAR REACTORS (SMRs)

Read why the proposed new SMRs - 4 of which are to be built at Oldbury - are a con trick that can never solve the problems of carbon free energy supply.

 

 

COST

Huge tax payer and bill payer subsidies will be needed. Nuclear Power generation is ridiculously expensive. So why on earth....?

 

 

SAFETY

Terrorism, accidents, low level radiation emissions, flooding, leaks, security of supply - there are so many reasons why nuclear power is too dangerous to contemplate.

 

 

NEED

Nuclear Power is too expensive. Renewable energy sources can come on line much sooner. And then there's the link with nuclear weapons...

 

 

WASTE DISPOSAL AND STORAGE

The dreadful legacy for future generations.

 

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LATEST NEWS

 

SMALL MODULAR REACTORS 

The Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programme announced recently by the Government – four of which are to be built on the flood plain of Oldbury, Gloucestershire, where the old decommisioned nuclear power station still stands – will not only fail but will divert resources from tried and tested renewables. We have created a whole new section on the non-viability of SMR’s, as the negative implications of this untried and untested technology are widespread and costly in every way.


This Guardian article from 10th May 2024 sums up succinctly why the UK's insistence on new Nuclear Power will literally cost the earth. It's what STAND has been saying for decades - that the new so-called modular reactors, which are still at the design stage, will be ridiculously expensive, can't help the climate crisis, are dangerous and will leave a toxic legacy for future generations. Guardian, 10th May, 2024


A nuclear waste storage facility has been told to take action, after it breached its environmental permit. The Environment Agency (EA) has written to bosses at the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) in Cumbria with concerns about a delay in securing waste at the site. The EA said it could not comment on the matter due to impartiality rules during election periods. BBC, 21st April, 2024


Back in 2016, Hinkley Point C in Somerset was meant to cost £18bn; the latest estimate, according to EDF, is up to £35bn in equivalent terms and more like £46bn in today’s money. And completion date likely to be 2031, admits French company, putting UK government's plans for nuclear expansion (see article below) in doubt, as China backs out of new Sizewell plant. Guardian, Jan 23 2023. “I would have bet at the time that we would see the costs we have today. And I think they’ll climb higher too,” says a former EDF executive. Another says the deal was based on political strategy rather than a commercial rationale. Guardian, Jan 27 2024


Latest news confirms what STAND has been saying for decades - that nuclear weapons are the only logical reason for continuing with nuclear power, as the UK government now admits the close link. Read the full evidence here: The Guardian, 19 Jan 2024


"Nuclear just doesn’t add up, and the future is renewable" says Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, as Government announces biggest expansion of Nuclear Power in decades. Guardian, Jan 11 2023.


 

NEW NUCLEAR POWER WILL BE A DISASTER FOR THE UK

 

On the 7th April 2020, Boris Johnson announced that Nuclear Power - something that most people thought had died a quiet death - was going to be an important element in acheiving a secure electricity supply, meeting the country's energy needs in the future and acheiving climate change agreement CO2 levels. Risi Sunak's Government are intent on following the same path.

 

While we believe that this target of 25% electricty generated by nuclear power is disingenous - just a quick and unaccountable way of magicing future carbon reduction targets out of thin air - we nevertheless feel it important that the British public are made aware of why such a policy is dangerous and unachievable and will hold back the development of renewable energy sources and storage.

 

That is why the STAND website has been revived and brought up to date, to make sure the British public are fully aware of the real facts behind nuclear power. However, the majority of our earlier research is still valid and can be seen on our Archives page and makes fascinating - and at times mind boggling - reading.

 

In this age of dis-information and social media trolling we believe it is important to provide only evidence based material, which is why we provide our reference sources wherever we can, and why we encourage any one who believes that we have got something factually wrong to let us know.