Thu 11 Aug, 2016

Operators of nuclear plants should be made to show their environmental impact compared to alternative forms of energy generation or energy efficiency. Mark Ruskell MSP

Mark Ruskell MSP, Energy & Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 Aug) challenged Scottish Ministers to close a loophole that allows nuclear power plants to have their operating life extended without public input.

At the moment, nuclear power stations' Periodic Safety Reviews don’t require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), so the public have no say in whether stations such as Torness or Hunterston are allowed to operate beyond their previously agreed lifespan. 

However, the Scottish Government has this week launched a consultation on amending the rules around EIAs, prompted by an EU directive aimed at protecting the environment.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

"The public are being denied a say in decisions that have huge implications for the local environment and future generations. Communities who have nuclear power stations on their doorstep should be properly consulted. Operators of nuclear plants should be made to show their environmental impact compared to alternative forms of energy generation or energy efficiency.

"Nuclear with its toxic legacy and eyewatering costs should have no place in Scotland's future energy mix. We must close this regulatory loophole before a decision on the latest Hunterston safety review is reached in January, and similarly Torness in 2019/20. We must reassert authority over the nuclear industry and give our communities a real say."     

 

Consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment

Confirmation from Scottish Ministers that nuclear power stations currently do not require an EIA

Confirmation from Scottish Ministers that the Office for Nuclear Regulation will decide whether to accept the next periodic safety review for Hunterston B in January 2017

 

Get involved

More like this

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Trump 'increasingly fascist', proved wrong on energy & jobs, says Harvie

Sun 8 Jul, 2018

Ahead of this week’s visit to the UK by the US President, long-time Trump critic Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, says not only is the billionaire property developer “increasingly fascist” but time has proved him wrong on the economy.
 
In 2012, Mr Harvie challenged Trump during an inquiry by Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee into renewable energy targets.
 

Fracking: Greens condemn INEOS over ban hold up

Wed 9 May, 2018

Scotland does not want fracking and multi-nationals determined to ignore this are responsible for creating deliberate uncertainty over a ban, says a Green MSP.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ energy spokesperson, is calling INEO’S legal bid a “desperate” last-ditch attempt to cause uncertainty from a fossil fuel giant that knows it has the lost the argument.

Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said: