Greenpeace sends Edward Yau ‘radioactive waste’ To protest against expansion of nuclear power supply to HK

Press release - 2010-06-28
Four Greenpeace activists, equipped with safety clothing and helmet, delivered simulative ‘radioactive waste’ to Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment this morning. They unfold a banner with the message 'Nuclear is not the solution', to protest against Government’s plan to enlarge the supply of power from nuclear to Hong Kong.

The simulative ‘radioactive waste’, in the form of two metal drums, is to remind the Government that nuclear power is dangerous and definitely not the answer to green energy.

The simulative ‘radioactive waste’, in the form of two metal drums, is to remind the Government that nuclear power is dangerous and definitely not the answer to green energy. The radioactive leak occurred at Daya Bay nuclear power plant last month at the May 23th once again unveils the potential danger of nuclear power to the public, and yet, Environmental Bureau Chief Edward Yau disclosed to the media earlier that the government plans to enlarge the supply of power from nuclear for Hong Kong. Before the handover the former British-Hong Kong Government supported the development of Daya Bay Plant, a 1986 Legislative Council document reveals that the Government did not oppose to China Light and Power’s feasibility study on building a nuclear plant in Daya Bay, without informing the public. In 1996, despite the fact that there were over 1 million Hong Kong citizens opposed to the idea, Daya Bay nuclear plant was built.

 

Greenpeace campaigner Prentice Koo says, “Renewable energy is the one that the Government needs to focus on. Hong Kong and her neighboring cities have all the potentials in developing wind power and solar power energy, which are clean and safe.’ A study from Electrical and Mechanical Services Department in 2002 states that renewable energy source in Hong Kong could make a meaningful contribution to meeting the city’s long term energy demand – 20.1 billion kwh of electricity, which accounts for 50% of Hong Kong’s Total annual electricity consumption. Yet, the current local renewable energy source contribution to energy demand is less than 1%.

 

Greenpeace urges the government to drop all plans to further enlarge any nuclear capacity today, and to release all the relevant information of such plan.