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Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy and energy committee, is expressing disappointment at Scottish ministers for failing to take a tougher approach to nuclear power.

During Topical Questions in the parliament today (7 Oct) Ms Johnstone raised the issue of safety in light of the discovery of cracks within the reactors at EDF’s Hunterston plant.

Ms Johnstone asked Energy Minister Fergus Ewing if the Scottish Government would support the case for having full environmental impact assessments when licence extensions for plants such as Hunterston and Torness are considered.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“In light of the Hunterston cracks it is important we challenge the fact that the public has no say in the Periodic Safety Reviews and lifetime extensions granted to our nuclear plants.

“International law says extensions require public consultation and must compare the potential impact of extending an old reactor with supplying energy from alternative sources such as renewable energy. I am disappointed that the minister did not address this point.

“Meantime we should re-double our commitment to forge ahead with the different renewable technologies which will serve Scotland far better in the long-term.”

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The Edinburgh Greens make the following important announcement:
Our next branch meeting will take place on Thursday 23rd October.

This month, we’ll be taking a look at the Smith Commission. What new powers are on offer to Scotland? What is the process for getting those powers? Is this Devo Max or something that falls short? And what do YOU want to see come out of the process?

Please note that we’ve still to confirm a venue for the meeting but hope to have that soon.http://www.edinburghgreens.org.uk/site/members/next-branch-meeting-thursday-23rd-october/

Anyone able to attend should consider attending. Hunterston B and Torness nuclear reactors impact areas within Scotland and without, as we have seen. Perhaps someone at the meeting has answers as to why SEPA appears so nuclear friendly? We have made only a wee bit of progress in this direction.

Furthermore, only good can come from supporting the Greens with your vote and/or your donations.