As the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan are followed by potential nuclear meltdown, Juliet Swann, Head of Projects and Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“We have heard from our colleagues at Friends of the Earth Japan and they are safe and well, but they, and we, remain concerned about the fate of their countrymen and women, and express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones.

“The intensity of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan were catastrophic enough. That an aging nuclear plant, due to be permanently retired at the end of the month, could cause additional tragedy just serves to demonstrate the threat of relying on nuclear power in unstable times.

“The only safe and secure form of energy in the world we live in now is that which harnesses our clean resources. Nuclear is an un-safe technology that should not form any part of our future energy mix.”

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Notes to Editors

Our thoughts are with the disaster victims in Japan (FoE England blog post) www.foe.co.uk/news/japan_disaster_27347.html

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