Taking Action ... People Against Wylfa B vs Horizon Nuclear Power

Protesters: People Against Wylfa B (Pawb) Target: Horizon Nuclear Power Location: Anglesey Date: 31 March

Wylfa power station: protest
Wylfa power station: protest


The lowdown

More than 30 campaigners gathered close to the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in Anglesey. The protest came days after Horizon Nuclear Power said it would apply for planning consent in 2012 to build a new plant on the island.

Why the protest?

The group said politicians should not be deluded by economic arguments for building a new generation of nuclear power plants. 'The problems associated with nuclear power are far too numerous and serious for any government to decide to give substantial financial assistance to the companies that wish to build new nuclear power stations,' it said in a statement.

How did Horizon Nuclear Power respond?

The nuclear developers said the plant would deliver 800 permanent jobs and up to 5,000 jobs during construction. The local council estimated it would bring £8bn into the local economy.

How did the media cover it?

The BBC News website ran an article explaining the argument from both sides. It said the Health and Safety Executive had concerns over the design of reactors that would need to be resolved before plans could be approved. Sky News, Times Online and The Daily Telegraph also wrote about the plant. The Welsh media, including WalesOnline, covered the protest heavily.

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