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Is the £20 billion Sizewell C project right for the region and country?

East Anglia’s nuclear option – is the £20 billion Sizewell C project right for the region and country?  ANGLIA

Thursday 20 August 2020,  It’s one of the region’s most talked-about and controversial projects – Sizewell C nuclear power station.

The electricity company EDF plans to build a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, but what will that mean for our region?

How will it impact local people and the environment? And what role does nuclear power play in the East as the country moves towards zero carbon emissions by 2050?

    • EDF proposes building a twin nuclear reactor at a cost of £20 billion pounds. .
    • ………………..It’s expected to operate for 60 years.
    • The whole project will take around 10-12 years to build with a construction site covering 620 acres.
  • also a fear that it will come at a cost to existing businesses – especially the tourism industry.

    One of those concerned is local brewery Adnams.

    Andy Wood from Adnams said: “The tourism industry employs nearly 100,000 people, the value of tourism in Norfolk and Suffolk is about £5.4 billion, and all of these things are going to be impacted by a large construction infrastructure project.”

    The impact on wildlife is also raising concerns.

    At RSPB Minsmere – an internationally important wildlife reserve – there are serious concerns about how noise and pollution would irrevocably damage rare wildlife habitats and species.

    Adam Rowlands, from RSPB Suffolk, said: “We’re concerned about the direct impact, so the noise, the visual disturbance, in essence that could change the patterns of the birds and the other species that use the area.”

    …… People have until September 30 to give their views before a decision is made.

August 20, 2020 - Posted by | politics, UK

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