A decision on whether to give a stalled £13bn nuclear power project planning permission has been deferred. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom wants more information on environmental and other impacts for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey. She had been widely expected to back the proposals, granting what is known as a development consent order (DCO). Hitachi shelved the scheme, the biggest energy project ever proposed in Wales, over funding issues. Developers Horizon Nuclear Power said it was disappointed the decision had not been made on Wednesday. Earlier it had said the decision would “heavily influence” how the project progressed. Ms Leadsom has now given a deadline by the end of the year – and invited comments from Natural Resources Wales, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, Anglesey council and other bodies. She wants more assurances on various aspects – from biodiversity, visual impact, flooding and construction noise – and any risk to the Sandwich tern, which has a colony nearby. Dylan Morgan, of People Against Wylfa B, said it was “obvious the developers are keen to get planning permission in order to try and sell the site”. “But that’s easier said than done at the moment given the pretty perilous state of the global nuclear industry and the hopeless economics,” he said. Horizon Nuclear Power – a subsidiary of Hitachi – said it would now review the business secretary’s comments in detail and work towards addressing the points she raised.
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There is no shortage of folk stories which tell how ordinary people found themselves in a Fairy Circle, and spent years in a fantastical world. All the stories conclude with waking up in the real world and realising that it was all a mirage, and having wasted years of their lives. Can Anglesey County Council face the fact that the real world is completely different to the mirage promising the splendid nuclear future they’ve believed in for so long?
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