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.
30 Nov 2011 - 00:00
The Stop Hinkley campaign is to present a petition with more than 12,750 signatories to the government department responsible for the UK’s policy on nuclear power. The petition shows the strength of opposition to plans by energy company Electricite de France to build the UK’s largest ever nuclear power station at Hinkley Point on the Somerset coast.
Most of those who have signed come from the county of Somerset, where the new plant would be sited. EdF has submitted an application for construction to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
27 Nov 2011 - 13:21
'Stop Nuclear Trains through the Olympic Site and Stratford' - Public meeting organised by the Nuclear Trains Action Group, Stratford Advice Arcade, Saturday 18 June 2011
Presentation by Daniel Viesnik, Kick Nuclear
Why are we worried about nuclear waste trains passing through the Olympic site and the local area? This is due to the risk of a terrorist attack or accident.
27 Nov 2011 - 13:10
The biggest industrial disaster in history.
Japan, has been brought to its knees by the ongoing events at Fukushima.
The reactors that went into meltdown in March have now melted through the foundations and 40 years of accumulated nuclear waste is emitting vast amounts of radiation, contaminating the land, sea and air. In desperation, the Japanese government is transporting and burning radioactive rubble all over Japan and exporting highly contaminated food as “aid” to developing countries.
26 Nov 2011 - 00:00
.ausgestrahlt – Gemeinsam gegen Atomenergie
.ausgestrahlt - Together against nuclear energy
Dannenberg, 26 November 2011
Second largest demonstration in the Wendland in almost 35 years
Railway tracks blockades continue: a night on the tracks
Jochen Stay, spokesperson for the anti nuclear power organisation .ausgestrahlt stated in an interim evaluation of the protests against the Castor shipment:
23 Nov 2011 - 00:00
Horizon continue to bully the Jones family of Caerdegog and have applied for compulsory powers to ascertain the suitability of their land for construction.
Horizon Nuclear Power (HNP) recently applied to Ofgem for Section D of their Electricity Generation Licence to be “switched on”. 1
1 Oct 2011 - 16:45
Photographs of the anti-nuclear march and rally against EDF Energy's plan to build two new mega-reactors at Hinkley Point power station can be found at: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/photos. This link will also provide photos of the Stop New Nuclear camp and images of the blockade from Monday afternoon.
More than 150 people marched through Bridgwater today to protest against EDF Energy’s plan for two new mega-reactors at Somerset’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station.
28 Sep 2011 - 07:37
People from all over the UK are set to descend on Hinkley Point nuclear power station to protest again EDF Energy’s plans to build two new mega-reactors next to the existing site.
More than 100 people have already pledged to join a symbolic mass blockade at the entrance to Hinkley Point in Somerset next Monday, October 3rd. On Saturday 1st October, anti-nuclear protesters will also join local residents in a march and rally close to EDF Energy’s regional HQ in nearby Bridgwater.
1 Sep 2011 - 12:49
Press Release – Radiation Free Lakeland -1st September 2011
Contact: Marianne Birkby 015395 63671 - email rafl[at]mariannebirkby.plus.com
Cumbrian Petition Opposes the World’s Top Trump Nuke Dump
Radiation Free Lakeland will be delivering a petition to Cumbria County
Council offices in Kendal at 11am on Monday 5th September. The petition
calls on Cumbria County Council and Copeland and Allerdale Borough
Councils to halt the Managing Radioactive Wastes Safely process by their
withdrawal . The government’s MRWS process has one agenda - “steps
31 Aug 2011 - 13:03
Things are hotting up with the government and nuclear industry’s plans for nu-killer new build in Britain. If we want to put the brakes on their insane plans to build a fleet of new potential Fukushimas at up to eight sites around England and Wales, we need to get active TODAY!
BETTER ACTIVE TODAY THAN RADIOACTIVE TOMORROW!
Here are a few ideas for getting involved. We’re sure you’ll have more of your own: feel free to share and discuss!
You’ll find a brief summary of where things are at with nuclear new build in Britain after the action suggestions below.