The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has submitted today its views on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. It argues that going ahead with the construction of Bradwell B nuclear power station would be a huge error of judgement. At present, due to the collapse of plans to develop new nuclear reactors at Wylfa in Anglesey and Sellafield Moorside in Cumbria, the UK Government’s much vaunted policy of developing nuclear power has been reduced to the development of a new reactor at Hinkley Point, and a proposed reactor at Sizewell by EDF, which is awaiting to go further to a public inquiry. The main shareholder of the proposed Bradwell site is the Chinese nuclear utility, China General Nuclear (CGN), in conjunction with EDF. The reactor design for the site is currently being considered by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and NFLA believe local consultation should not have started until outline approval of the design has been made. NFLA has also been surprised that CGN / EDF have continued with this consultation in the current context of the Covid-19 lockdown. Whilst the consultation closing date has been extended until the 1st July, it is still going ahead even though all public exhibitions have had to be closed, and the wider public in general will be concentrating on other important matters. On this matter, NFLA agree with the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG): “it is preposterous to assert that there is an urgent national need for a project which cannot at the very best be operating until the 2030s. By continuing with a consultation where some communities are denied an opportunity to make their voice heard face-to-face and at a time when the population of the country is facing more immediate existential issues, is both irresponsible and reprehensible”.
NFLA 19th May 2020 read more »