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Suffolk County Council unable to back £20billion Sizewell new nuclear power station as the present plan stands

East Anglian Daily Times 11th Sept 2020, Suffolk County Council has today said it cannot give its backing to proposals for a £20billion new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast without changes and more work to the plans. The council has cited “significant concerns” over transport, design and environmental impact in the plans for Sizewell C submitted by EDF Energy. A report to go before the council’s cabinet on September 22 said current proposals do not sufficiently avoid, minimise, mitigate or compensate impacts of the proposed development.
It says many issues raised in previous rounds of consultations remain outstanding, and the lack of improvement and progress
regarding many of these issues is “very disappointing” considering how early in the development process the council raised its concerns. The draft Relevant Representation lists the areas where it believes EDF Energy needs to undertake further work. Council leader Matthew Hicks added: “Suffolk County Council has always supported the principle of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, recognising the important contribution to the national energy strategy and the large economic boost such a development could bring
to our county.
“Our position has always been that we needed to see if the advantages could outweigh the disadvantages. Unfortunately, as these plans stand, the disadvantages heavily outweigh the advantages. There is much work for EDF to do in addressing our concerns and the concerns of our communities.”

September 14, 2020 - Posted by | politics, UK

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