People Against Wylfa-B (PAWB is the Welsh word for ‘everyone’) was established in the 1988 to oppose a second nuclear power plant at Wylfa, Anglesey, Wales.
The original Wylfa nuclear power plant was built in the 1960s, producing tonnes of dangerous radioactive waste over the following decades.
The old Wylfa plant was dogged by technical problems (for example the owners of the plant were fined for safety breaches following an accident in 1993). The original Wylfa plant was shut down for ever in 2015. The plant did not produce hoped for economic benefit to Anglesey – the island’s weak economy is at the very bottom of the UK economic league table for GVA (gross added value) per head.
In the 1980s the London government threatened a second generation of nuclear power plants and PAWB was formed to oppose a second plant at Wylfa (the Wylfa-B). Protests, benefit gigs and public meetings were organised attracting wide support. London’s plans for new nukes fizzled out following the terrible disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine.
At the start of the current century the London government, under the leadership of Tony Blair renewed it’s interest in a new generation of nuclear power plants, including at Wylfa.
PAWB was soon re-vitalised and once again meetings, protest, pickets and petitions were organised. Speakers on behalf of PAWB have become familiar faces in the media and press across Wales.
In 2009 the Horizon Nuclear Consortium was formed by E.On and RWE n.Power, threatening to build a new plant at Wylfa.
Over 300 people attended a PAWB demonstration in January 2012 to support the Jones family of Caerdegog Farm who refused to sell their land to Horizon.
In 2010 PAWB orgainsed a professional opinion poll and found that the majority of the people of Anglesey and Gwynedd favoured jobs in renewable energy.
In 2011 an appalling disaster occured at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following a tsunami. Members of PAWB have visited Fukushima and have established close ties with the Japanese anti nuclear movement.
Refugees from Fukushima have sent messages begging the people of Anglesey not to take the risk of a new nuclear power plant.
Since Fukushima the nuclear power industry world-wide has faced severe financial problems unable to attracting investment finance.
In 2012 PAWB published ‘Maniffesto Môn’, a blueprint for employment creation based on renewable energy on the island.
In 2012 E.On and RWE n.Power pulled out of the Wylfa project, unable to attract finance. Horizon was sold to Hitachi for £698 million.
In 2015 Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister of Japan at the time of the Fukushima disaster visited Cardiff, Llanfairpwll, and Wylfa to address meetings and to plead for the stopping of the new Wylfa nuclear power plant.
PAWB pointed out for years that the atomic industry was unable to raise the billions needed for new nukes. Therefore it was no surprise that in January 2019 Hitachi announced that they were unable to attract investors and pulled out of the Wylfa project.
The is still a real threat that the London government will still try to go ahead somehow with a second nuclear power plant at Wylfa. PAWB will be ready to resist.
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