On May the 12th the HANA activist and plaintiff Rory Walker was in the Leeds Crown Court for a procedural hearing to decide whether our case should go to Judicial Review.
Unfortunately for us and everyone who lives in the shadow of a proposed new nuclear power station in the UK, the Judge rejected our arguments that Chris Huhne had not met his obligations in Law when 'justifying' new reactor types.
We are taking stock of the situation and are planning our next steps. We may have grounds for appealing this decision.
More to come soon.....
Heysham Anti-Nuclear Alliance (HANA) is a working group for organisations and individuals opposed to the construction of new nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom.
HANA aims to raise public awareness of the issues involved and to campaign against the use of technologies involving radioactive materials that threaten local populations and the environment, both at the Heysham site, and others in the North-West including Cumbria.
Currently there are two nuclear power stations at Heysham, and now a third is being planned. Heysham 1 commenced operation in 1983 and is expected to run until 2014.
Heysham 2 went online in 1988 and is expected to keep running until 2023. EDF Energy runs both power stations which it bought from British Energy in January 2009.
On 18th October 2010 the British government announced that Heysham was one of eight sites suitable for a new nuclear power station. The proposed new reactor will be built close to these other two plants, although the exact location has yet to be confirmed.
We would like to reach out to local residents opposed to this development to support us with our campaign. Please write to your MP or local city or county councillor about this issue.