The Stop Nuclear Power Network is a UK-based non-hierarchical grassroots network of groups and individuals taking action against nuclear power and its expansion and supporting sustainable alternatives. We encourage and seek to facilitate nonviolent direct action, as well as more conventional forms of campaigning.

No to nuclear power in Britain

The origin of Britain's civil nuclear programme is closely linked with nuclear weapons. The first reactor - the "Windscale Piles" at Sellafield, began producing plutonium for nuclear weapons 1950. Britain's first commercial reactor - Calder Hall at Sellafield - was a dual-purpose reactor, with the main purpose being the production of plutionum for Britain's nuclear weapons. The same applies to the second commercial reactor at Chapelcross.

Later reactors were primarily built for the production of electricity, and in April 1995 the UK Government announced that all production of plutonium for weapons purposes had ceased.

At its peak in 1997, about 26% of Britain's electricity was generated by nuclear power. This has now gone down to less than 20%, and only 16% in 2009.

At present, the government wants to build new nuclear power stations at eight sites - all of which are existing nuclear sites. However, opposition to nuclear power is again growing. This website provides information for the growing anti nuclear power movement in Britain, with a special focus on nonviolent direct action against nuclear power.

This map gives an overview of nuclear power stations in Britain.


Recent posts

28 May 2011 - 09:49

Hinkley Point is the first of eight proposed sites for nuclear new build to go ahead. We stopped them here before, and we can do it again. If they fail at Hinkley, it is unlikely the “nuclear renaissance” will have the momentum to continue.

The action:
A non-violent blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset

On 3 October 2011 we will – with hundreds of people – non-violently blockade the access to Hinkley Point nuclear power station for one day.

16 May 2011 - 23:00

Groundbreaking research examines convergence of nuclear and climate threats and its implications for global security

Hamburg, Germany, 17th of May: The World Future Council (WFC) released its latest report today, entitled Climate Change, Nuclear Risks and Nuclear Disarmament: From Security Threats to Sustainable Peace. It is the outcome of groundbreaking research by a member of the WFC Peace and Disarmament Working Group, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran of the University of Hamburg.

1 May 2011 - 22:46

Rory Walker of the Heysham Anti Nuclear Alliance talks about the legal challenge to the government's justification for new nuclear.

27 Apr 2011 - 00:00
26 April 2011 - CND and Medact staged a vigil and parliamentary meeting at Portcullis House in Westminster to mark the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, the world's worst ever civil nuclear disaster.
26 Apr 2011 - 23:00

Friends of the Earth action earlier today:

No, not a terrorist incident this time, but inflation of another nuclear white elephant. Olkiluoto and Flamanville anyone?

See Friends of the Earth's blog post at http://www.foe.co.uk/news/elephant_stunt_30558.html

25 Apr 2011 - 23:00

(Endorsed by 87 Japanese NGOs)

April 26, 2011

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, precipitated by the huge earthquake and ensuing tsunamis that hit eastern Japan on March 11, has created fear of radiation exposure and radioactive contamination not just in Japan, but throughout the world.

24 Apr 2011 - 23:00

On 26th April 2011, 25 years on from Chernobyl, Radiation Free Lakeland will lay three crosses outside Carlisle Cathedral.

Windscale-Never Again? Chernobyl-Never Again? Fukushima-Never Again?

22 Apr 2011 - 23:00

Our Views of the Accidents at the Fukushima Nuclear Plants after the Earthquake

From: The Group of Concerned Scientists and Engineers Calling for the Closure of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
Toda Building, 4th Floor, 1-21 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0004
http://kkheisa.blog117.fc2.com/

Over ten days have passed since the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Earthquake hit the Fukushima Daiichi (No.1) Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011. The progress of cooling the reactor cores is slow. The situation remains serious, and we do not yet know how this catastrophic accident will end.

17 Apr 2011 - 23:00

Campaigners from the national Stop Nuclear Power Network are planning a packed programme of activities at Sizewell over the Easter weekend (22-25 April). (1).

The annual beach camp beside the nuclear power station in Suffolk, England, now into its third year, will have added significance this year due to the unfolding disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, and because it marks 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in the Ukraine. (2)