Councils ‘disappointed’ that Sizewell C concerns are still not dealt with. Community leaders are calling on EDF Energy to make greater use of rail and marine transport to deliver the construction materials for the new Sizewell C nuclear power station. Both Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council support the principle of the new twin reactor, but still have serious misgivings about some aspects of the proposals. In a joint response to the stage four consultation on the £14billion project, they say they are “somewhat disappointed that EDF Energy did not use this opportunity to respond to key elements of some concerns raised earlier in the process”. A statement said: “The joint report makes it clear that the authorities continue to support the principle of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell and recognise the significant benefits that such a development would bring; however, there continues to be concern and focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of such a large-scale development, especially in regards to the cumulative energy-related projects which are currently muted for the east Suffolk coast. “Based on the developed proposals put forward by EDF Energy at Stage 4, both councils want to see a sustainable transport strategy put in place by the energy firm to ensure that every effort is made to reduce the impact on road use and congestion as part of any development that takes place. “As part of this mitigation, each council continues to expect EDF Energy to maximise the development and use of marine and rail transport options. “EDF Energy has always said that Stage 4 was an extension of its Stage 3 public consultation and they have used this latest round to offer further detail on freight management strategy options, which explain broadly how they intend to move materials, machinery and people through Suffolk to access the development site. “All three strategies offered by EDF Energy include road transport movement. This remains a key area of concern for local communities close to the proposed site.”
East Anglian Daily Times 16th Sept 2019 read more »
Hundreds of people formed the shape of a giant heart to support a nature reserve and voice concerns at plans for a new nuclear power station. EDF Energy wants to build two reactors next to the existing Sizewell B in Suffolk near Minsmere reserve. The RSPB, which organised the Love Minsmere Festival, is opposed to Sizewell as a location for a new power station. EDF said it was sharing its work with environmental groups. Minsmere reserve provides reedbed, wet grassland and heath habitats for a variety of wildlife including marsh harriers, otters, water voles and bearded tits. In the first three months of next year, plans for the new plant Sizewell C will go to the Planning Inspectorate and then on to the secretary of state, and campaigners at the event fear the plant could damage the wildlife habitat.
BBC 16th Sept 2019 read more »