Protesters opposing a new nuclear power station on the Essex coast are demanding a halt to any preliminary site work during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposed Bradwell B site would see a twin reactor nuclear power station open near Bradwell-on-Sea, at the site of the partially decommissioned Magnox power station, built and managed by Chinese energy giants China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and EDF – operating under the name GNSL. In February this year, opponents to Bradwell B were able to start voicing their concerns via public consultation. But preliminary investigations into the suitability of the site could be given the green light while the UK is under lockdown – which Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) are strongly opposed to. A spokesman for the group said: “BANNG argues that it is undemocratic and wrong to be giving the go-ahead for a project which is not needed, on a site not yet approved, at a time when the whole country is distracted by the coronavirus emergency. “The decision on the site investigations is likely to be taken at a time when, owing to the coronavirus, normal meetings of Maldon District Council with public involvement are not possible, so normal democratic processes do not apply. “BANNG urges the council to ensure the decision is suspended, at least until the council can properly meet.
East Anglian Daily Times 11th May 2020 read more »