Daily News Roundup

1 October 2014

Wylfa

People across North Wales will have the chance to have their say on Horizon Nuclear Power’s proposed new nuclear power station on Anglesey, Wylfa Newydd, as ten weeks of consultation gets underway today. The consultation is the first major step in the planning process for the development and will cover all aspects of Horizon’s proposals, taking in everything from construction to transport to how it might affect the Welsh language and the economy of the region. People will have the …

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30 September 2014

Wylfa

Exhibitions and public meetings are to be staged across North Wales as a consultation process into a proposed nuclear power station on Anglesey gets underway. The consultation is the first major step in the planning process for the development of Horizon Nuclear Power’s proposed new plant at Wylfa. The process will last 10 weeks and cover all aspects of Horizon’s proposals, taking in everything from construction to transport to how it might affect the Welsh language.

Daily Post 29th Sept 2014

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29 September 2014

Wylfa

Plans for an £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey go on display later with a series of exhibitions over ten weeks. Horizon Nuclear Power says its proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant will employ more than 1,000 people once it begins working in the first half of the 2020s. The current Wylfa power station will close in 2015 at the latest, after beginning operation in 1971. Horizon is a subsidiary of Hitachi which bought the site in 2012 for around £700m. …

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28 September 2014

Hinkley

Anti-nuclear campaigners looking for someone to blame if Hinkley Point in Somerset finally gets the green light for two new reactors might point the finger at Nigel Farage. Vladimir Putin could also be a scapegoat for the European competition commissioner’s decision to back the UK government’s support for the first new atomic power stations in a generation. But others would say it is less about the politics of European togetherness or energy security and more about the EC commissioner himself, …

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27 September 2014

Hinkley

STOP Hinkley and Green Campaigners will be joined by Green MEP for the South West Molly Scott-Cato tomorrow, (September 26), at Hinkley Point. They say they will be demonstrating against the news that the Hinkley C is on the verge of being given the green light from the EU Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia. The European Commission had been investigating whether the terms of the subsidy deal struck with the Government constituted illegal state aid.

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26 September 2014

Hinkley

Austria’s environment minister would back legal steps to annul any European Union decision to clear British plans to build a nuclear plant with French utility EDF. The project at Hinkley Point in southwest England is crucial for Britain’s plan to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power and coal plants over the coming decade. France sees it as a major export contract that will boost its nuclear industry. A European Commission official said earlier this week that EU state …

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25 September 2014

Hinkley

Austria will launch a legal challenge if the European Commission approves Britain’s plan to build its first new nuclear plant in a generation, Vienna’s environment minister has warned. The £16bn Hinkley Point project is on the verge of getting the green light after a spokesman for EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Monday that Brussels will “propose . . . to take a positive decision in this case”. However, Andra Rupprechter, Austria’s minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, …

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24 September 2014

Hinkley

Opponents to a new £16 billion nuclear plant on the north Somerset coast have reacted with anger at the news that the scheme had been given the go-ahead by the EU Commission. Environmental and local campaign groups have expressed their amazement at the decision which sees the EU back the biggest energy industrial project in the UK in a generation. The Green Party, the Stop Hinkley Group and Greenpeace UK all insist the fight goes on to ensure the EDF-backed …

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23 September 2014

Hinkley

Britain has agreed terms with Brussels to secure approval for billions of pounds of public funding for Hinkley Point, the country’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation. While the conditions are not yet public, Europe’s competition chief is satisfied the revised deal meets EU rules on state support and will propose the project is approved before the end of this European Commission’s mandate in November.

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22 September 2014

Hinkley

A report that the European Competition Commissioner is set to clear the way for the first of Britain’s new generation of nuclear power stations to rise on the West Somerset coast has dismayed anti-nuclear campaigners. The deal between the British Government and the developer EDF, to set a guaranteed price for the electricity generated was called in for scrutiny by the commissioner at the end of last year. Stop Hinkley campaign spokesperson Allan Jeffrey said: “Surely the job of the …

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