Anti-nuclear activists claim victory over EDF Energy

Anti-nuclear groups today successful fought off a bit by EDF Energy to impose a blanket ban on demonstrations occurring on land earmarked for a new nuclear power plant in Somerset.

At the High Court this afternoon, EDF Energy failed in their bid to impose an injunction to stop an alliance of anti-nuclear groups from protesting on the 400-acre site set aside for two new mega-reactors at Hinkley Point.

Speaking after the case, Nikki Clarke from South West Against Nuclear said the ruling was a moral victory for the burgeoning anti-nuclear movement. “The is yet another example of EDF Energy’s heavy-handed tactics. They tried to use a hammer to crack a nut and the courts agreed with us. In the case, David has won against Goliath.”

Another defendant, Shana Deal said EDF Energy’s mask was beginning to slip. “This is the true face of EDF. Two of the executives were recently jailed in France for spying on Greenpeace and we have seen repeated examples of corner-cutting and abuse of process at Hinkley Point.

Another defendant, Theo Simon from popular group, Seize the Day, said the campaign continues to get a judicial review. He says EDF Energy is clearing land even though they have not obtained planning permission to construction the new power station.

He said, “What they are doing is wanton vandalism. They are acting as if they have already been given consent. If this is the case, then it’s an abuse of process and a waste of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money that is being used in the so-called consultation process.”

In a further ruling the judge granted a possession order for EDF Energy to reclaim a farmhouse currently being squatted on the proposed site for Hinkley C. He also granted an injunction against Clarke, Deal and Simon from entering any area of the 400-acre site in future.

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