The Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG) has learned that GNSL, the Chinese-led company seeking to build a mammoth new nuclear power station at Bradwell, is preparing to launch its pre-application public consultation for planning permission later this year. This will be long before detailed discussions with the nuclear regulators are concluded. There are major issues and challenges still to be confronted. ‘It seems that the Chinese developers are taking a risk in trying to present the public and politicians with an apparent ‘fait accompli’ well before major design and environmental hurdles have been crossed’ said Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG. GNSL greeted the announcement that the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for Bradwell B had begun Step 4 as a major milestone, clearing the path for deployment of Chinese nuclear technology in Britain. That is far from the case. Moving to Step 4 in the GDA is like reaching a hurdle, not passing a milestone. It is at this stage that all the tricky issues facing the Bradwell B project must be confronted, including the cooling system, site suitability, security, coastal defence, impacts on marine and terrestrial environments and so on. Step 4 is a long and intensive process between the developer and the independent regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA). It is not expected to be concluded for another two years. A pre-application should follow, not overlap, Step 4 of the GDA.
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