Commenting on the news that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has refused to disclose the arrangements for dealing with radioactive waste at the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant(1), Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for South West England and a longstanding critic of the Hinkley power plant, said:
‘I am shocked that the government is refusing to disclose the details of the way the highly toxic radioactive waste will be disposed of if the Hinkley project goes ahead. Disposal costs could mean a huge extra cost added onto our electricity bills in addition to the £18.5bn. In a democracy decisions need to be made in a fully transparent manner so it is essential that both political representatives like myself and the public at large have access to full information.
The Department’s suggestion that disclosure of this information would damage national security or public safety is nonsense. We need public and political scrutiny of the plans for waste disposal to ensure that it achieves the highest standards of safety as well as value for money. It is allowing our nuclear facilitates to pass into the hands of Chinese companies that is the real threat to national security.’