Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd plans formally approved. Four key environmental permits will now enter the assessment stage. Horizon Nuclear Power has had its plans to build the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Wales formally approved by the Planning Inspectorate. The Development Consent Order process now formally begins with the pre-examination phase, which is where members of the public can become an ‘interested party’. An Examining Authority is also appointed at this stage and interested parties will be invited to attend a preliminary meeting. Four other key environmental permits will now also enter the assessment stage, which will be delivered by Natural Resources Wales.
Energy Live News 29th June 2018 read more »
Robat Idris: I’ve just returned from Japan as part of a joint Friends of the Earth Japan/PAWB (People Against Wylfa B) campaign against nuclear. I saw the ongoing nightmare that is Fukushima – deserted towns, farmland laid to waste, human tragedies. A similar disaster at Wylfa would be the end of any hope of a viable Wales – but politicians here discount any such possibility. PAWB will host a visit from Fukushima evacuees in July – so people here can learn what damage nuclear can do. So as an opponent of Wylfa B who happens to be a Leanne Wood supporter, I welcome her unambiguous anti-nuclear statement. The untenable position of Plaid on nuclear is to be revisited. After the Westminster announcement that “austerity” and privatisation apparently doesn’t apply to nuclear power at Wylfa, Plaid’s ignoring of the subject in the hope that it would go away is no longer acceptable.
Nation Cymru 28th June 2018 read more »
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Michael Gove promised earlier this month to crack down on “crony capitalism.” At the same time his cabinet colleague Energy Secretary Greg Clark was offering a £5 billion bailout to Japanese nuclear firm Hitachi. It looks like a classic crony capitalist deal. Gove argued: “Crony capitalists have rigged the system in their favour and against the rest of us.” A classic crony capitalist deal is where a big firm uses its power and lobbying to squeeze a contract from the government that is good for the capitalists but bad for us. The Hitachi bailout looks like such a rigged deal. Hitachi Europe chief executive Sir Stephen Gommersall isn’t an expert in nuclear power or engineering. He is the former British ambassador to Japan. Gommersall was hired right out of the Foreign Office to help open doors for Hitachi. Tim Stone sits on the board of Horizon Nuclear Power, Hitachi’s British nuclear arm. Stone, a former KPMG consultant, was chief adviser to the energy secretary from 2008-13, helping shape both Labour and Tory-Lib Dem governments’ nuclear energy policy. Before that Stone advised the government on many PFI deals, including famously bad-value ones.
Morning Star 29th June 2018 read more »