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More coal power station protests

Kingsnorth power station
Protesters want to halt plans for a coal-fired unit at Kingsnorth power station

Environmental protesters are planning two days of action in support of their ongoing campaign against proposals for a new coal-fired power station in Kent.

The protests have been called by the Camp for Climate Action, which was behind the week-long Climate Camp near Kingsnorth power station in August.

Organisers are predicting "dozens of actions across the UK" during the 48-hour period, which begins on Friday.

They have said they could affect anyone connected with new coal supplies.

The current Kingsnorth power station, on the Hoo peninsula, is due to close in 2015 and E.On wants to replace it with two new coal units, which it claims will be 20% cleaner.

We're all trying to make a living here and the people who work at Kingsnorth in particular are very proud of what they do
Emily Highmore, E.On

Susan Moore, of the Camp for Climate Action, said: "With these protests, we are launching an ongoing direct action campaign designed to cause maximum disruption to all aspects of the construction of Kingsnorth power station.

"E.On, companies in its supply chain, and anyone associated with new coal in the UK are all potential targets.

"Burning coal is the dirtiest way to produce electricity, and we refuse to stand by as the green light is given to a new generation of coal fired power stations."

Emily Highmore, from E.On, said: "We clearly can't guess what the protesters are looking to do.

"What we would say to them is by all means have your say - we don't have a problem with that - but whatever you do please do it safely and please respect everybody's rights to get their jobs done.

"We're all trying to make a living here and the people who work at Kingsnorth in particular are very proud of what they do."



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