Fukushima Anniversary: Anti Wylfa Group Protest New-Build Nuclear Plant

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

Members of the anti-nuclear group People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) used the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster today to stage a protest on Anglesey against plans to site a new nuclear power station on the Island.

The demonstrators gathered at the Menai Bridge and staged an hour long protest aimed at passing motorists.

PAWB face real opposition to their stance on Anglesey where the economic advantages of the new power plant are talked up by some politicians and also by the nuclear industry.

However this morning’s protest drew support from passing motorists who sounded their horns in appreciation.

PAWB also got support from an unlikely source recently when Mr Naoto Kan who was Japan’s Prime Minister at the time of the Fukushima disaster visited Anglesey and backed the protesters stance. Mr Kan once a supporter of nuclear power revised his views following the impact on his country of this major nuclear accident.

A spokesperson for PAWB said that Fukushima was a warning over the dangers of nuclear power saying:

“About 160,000 people were forced from their homes in the Fukushima area in order to escape from the radiation that would damage their health.”

Over 100,000 people are still living in temporary accommodation and some have no hope of ever returning to the areas immediately around the plant.

It is appalling that little concern about the proposal to construct so called ‘new build’ nuclear plants around the Irish sea has attracted little tangible opposition from either the Irish or Manx governments.

Currently in addition to two new reactors for the Wylfa site (scheduled completion 2025) another four may also be constructed at Sellafield.

It is past time the two governments stopped ‘sitting on their thumbs’ over the issue!

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League

11/03/15

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