19 June 2006
Barrett warns against nuclear future for Scotland
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today warned that nuclear power was not the answer to meeting Scotland’s Energy needs.
Parliament is this evening debating the Government’s policy on nuclear waste management in Scotland. A recent survey carried out by environmental scientists in the vicinity of Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in north Wales found that cancer levels in women living close to the former nuclear power station were more than 15 times higher than the national average.
Mr Barrett has repeatedly called on the Government to show greater ambition and invest more in renewable energy sources rather than on a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Speaking from Westminster John Barrett said:
“The difficulties with storage of nuclear waste are well documented. The fact remains that, despite decades of trying, the nuclear industry has yet to come up with a credible long-term solution to the problem.
“Nuclear power has too high a cost, both financially and environmentally, for current and for future generations.
“Scotland is ideally placed to be at the forefront of renewable energy generation. We have massive natural energy resources in this country, from both wind, and wave. These are sources will not run out and will not leave behind a dangerous and harmful legacy for future generations.”
· Parliament will this evening debate the Effect of UK Government policy on nuclear waste management in Scotland
· The said survey was conducted by researchers for a documentary for the Y Byd ar Bedwar programme on S4C, the Welsh medium fourth channel in Wales. Outside Wales the programme was aired on Sky Channel 135.
For the Study, researchers focused on almost 1,000 people of all ages living in three communities close to the closed-down power plant.