Maldon District Council Planning Committee’s comprehensive rejection today of the Chinese state-backed nuclear developer’s (CGN) application for permission to undertake ground investigations came like a bolt from the blue. For so long a firm supporter of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell, Maldon has done a complete volte-face. Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) commented: ‘From the moment CGN revealed its plans just before lockdown it became clear the Bradwell B project would be dead in the water. The massive scale of the project which would totally overwhelm the Blackwater area and the Dengie peninula has proved too much to stomach, even for those who were seduced by the promise of thousands of jobs. The price, in terms of loss of environment and wellbeing, was simply too high.’ But the project is also being threatened by the political fallout in relations with China. Chinese ambitions to build a new nuclear power station at Bradwell do not come without serious risks to national security and the threat of Chinese economic dominance over the UK’s sensitive infrastructure.
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Environment Agency’s responses to Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited Development Consent Order consultations on proposals for Bradwell B nuclear power station.
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A public consultation on plans for the UK’s newest nuclear power station is deeply flawed and should be suspended, according to two leading energy policy experts. Professor Andrew Stirling and Dr Philip Johnstone say the consultation into Bradwell B is invalid because the UK government has repeatedly failed to make the case for nuclear in the face of its ever-rising costs, slow lead times and poor value-for-money comparison to renewables. The academics at the world-renowned Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School have criticised the restrictive nature of the consultation’s scope which they argue excludes crucial underlying questions over the rationale for building more nuclear power stations in the UK. Prof Stirling and Dr Johnstone say the consultation should resume only when the government publish a long-promised rigorous justification for nuclear power compared to other low carbon energy sources – something they argue it has failed to do for the past 17 years.
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