Scottish CND is strongly opposed to the continued use of nuclear power in Scotland, and we call on the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to immediately shut down the Hunterston B and Torness nuclear power stations.
We oppose nuclear power because of its deep links with nuclear weapons. Nuclear power poses as the respectable face of nuclear, while providing the critical mass of infrastructure, skills and research that are necessary to keep the government’s nuclear weapons programme going.
We strongly resist the narrative that nuclear power can be a “green” technology, or part of the solution to climate change. The environmental damage done by nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima; the impossibility of ‘safe’ nuclear waste storage; and the environmental consequences of mining for nuclear raw materials, and of all other parts of the nuclear chain, should bear testament to this.
As the plants at Hunterston B and Torness continue to age and show signs of wear and tear, there is a real risk of another serious nuclear accident, this time here in Scotland. Plans for protecting the population in the event of a nuclear disaster are seriously inadequate. Please write to the ONR and to your representatives today, and ask for immediate action to shut down Hunterston B and Torness.