Yesterday’s announcement of a public consultation on the UK’s planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, less than 250km from Rosslare is, to a degree, reassuring but entirely welcome. It is a victory of sorts for campaigners who worked tirelessly to have Irish voices heard in the process. Those groups insist our Government should have opened a consultation five years ago as is required under international conventions. The victory may seem facile as construction is under way at Hinkley, a €23bn project expected to be operational in five years. The real value of the decision is that it means Irish concerns may influence decisions around the other five nuclear plants in Britain’s planning pipeline. This recognition will be especially important in post-Brexit Britain as the writ of EU nuclear administrators will no longer prevail.
Irish Examiner 21st Feb 2018 read more »
The UK would have enough energy if the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project faced further delays, but nuclear power remains an essential part of the country’s electricity mix, Business Secretary Greg Clark has told a House of Lords committee. The government does not, however, have a specific target for nuclear energy use in the future, he said.
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