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Group's gloom at Hinkley C plan

Hinkley
In July 2004 a radioactive leak was detected at Hinkley Point B

An anti-nuclear pressure group has spoken of its fears at the government's announcement that it would go ahead with the building of Hinkley C.

On Wednesday it was announced that plans for the Somerset-based facility would go ahead, along with 10 others around Britain.

Jim Duffy of the Stop Hinkley group told BBC News that the area had a potentially dangerous risk of flooding.

"There would also be increased risks of cancer and leukaemia," he added.

The former psychiatric nurse said: "The site is coastal like all the others and it does have a problem in that access roads for emergency services are likely to be flooded before the end of the century..."

He also spoke of perceived dangers to nearby residents' health.

"We've commissioned studies which point to breast cancer incidents and incidents of leukaemia in the world's largest nuclear reactor. It is only going to make that situation more severe.

"Also the government has not come up with suitable sites to dump the waste."

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: "Before new nuclear power stations can be built or operated, the regulators need to be satisfied that they can be operated and, in time, decommissioned safely and securely and that there will not be a disproportionate impact on the environment."



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