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6 December 2012
GMB SAY SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT REFUSAL TO DEVELOP NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS IS WRONG AS EDF EXTENDS THE LIFE OF HUNTERSTON NUCLEAR SITE
There is a serious danger is that EDF and any other interested parties will lose interest in new build at Hunterson and Scotland will miss out on jobs and carbon free electricity says GMB
GMB reacted to the announcement by EDF that the operation of the Hunterston Nuclear power station site will be extended to 2023. The site employs 700 people and was due to be decommissioned in 2016.
Jim Moohan Senior Organiser in Scotland said, “The news of the extension to the life of Hunterston nuclear power station is welcome but misses the point. We need a balanced energy policy with a guarantee of all forms of power include nuclear.
The Scottish government's exclusion of nuclear as part of the energy mix is ridiculous, dangerous and short-sighted and must be changed. The Scottish Parliament must understand the need to protect the energy supply. Renewables is not the whole answer. Our politicians are playing poker with our energy policy.
In Scotland and the UK we have the skills and ability to develop, design and build the new, clean nuclear power stations of the future. If we don't we run the risk of being held to ransom by outside powers over our ability to keep the lights on. There is a serious danger is that EDF and any other interested parties will lose interest in new build at Hunterson and Scotland will miss out on jobs and carbon free electricity.”