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Excitement in Kent City Council about new nuclear power (now reclassified as “environmentally sustainable”)

A Kent council has revealed the “exciting” next steps towards securing
new nuclear energy at a power station. Folkestone and Hythe District
Council (FHDC) is working with Kent County Council (KCC), with both
authorities planning to press the government for Dungeness on the Romney

Marsh to be included in a list of new sites. The move comes after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last month announced the “Great British Nuclear”scheme – reclassifying nuclear power as “environmentally sustainable”,
reducing the costs of generating it to produce 25% of the UK’s electricity
by 2050. Documents for FHDC’s cabinet meeting on Thursday, April 20 tell of
how the councils have already discussed with Small Modular Reactor (SMR)
provider Rolls Royce and Advanced Modular Reactor providers EDF, Natural
England and the Nuclear Industry Authority (NIA). The papers say the aim is
“bringing forward a proposition for Dungeness to generate power as
quickly as possible”.

The report adds the councils will aim to “set
some high-level criteria around site use, scale and potential for the
site”. This will also see work with landowners EDF to “develop high
level proposals for Dungeness” and the “potential technologies” which
could feature there.

Kent Live 21st April 2023


April 23, 2023 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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