Britain’s nuclear regulator said on Tuesday it had received an application for a licence to build two nuclear reactors at Sizewell in Suffolk county, north of London, from EDF Energy subsidiary NNB Generation Company. The Sizewell C plant will be an almost identical copy of Hinkley Point C, which is being built in Somerset, in Britain’s southwest, and would generate enough power for 6 million homes. Britain’s planning inspectorate accepted a application last week for Sizewell C that will be examined over 15 to 18 months.
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EDF Energy has applied to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for a nuclear site licence to construct and operate Sizewell C – plans for which are currently with the Planning Inspectorate. The regulator will assess the suitability of the site to host the power station as well as the design of the proposed development. This includes a robust assessment of how the plant will withstand extreme weather and external hazards – including seismic events and coastal flood hazards. Government will make the final decision on the project once it has been thoroughly examined by the planning process. Opponents are gearing up for a huge fight over the coming months, claiming the site is the wrong place for the project, which they say is not needed and will have a huge impact on tourism and the environment.
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Plans for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk moved a step closer to becoming reality this week after the planning inspectorate accepted EDF’s application. This comes after eight years of public consultation, but it does not guarantee the project will go ahead as further public examination is needed. This news comes after the fact that last week it was revealed by extensive planning documents that the proposed nuclear plant on the east coast will now cost £20bn, £6bn more than the original cost touted by the EDF and a figure which local nuclear campaigners described as ‘totally eye-watering’. Those same campaigners are still hoping the power plant will not go ahead, Alison Downes from the Stop Sizewell C campaign argued in response to the news of the application’s approval ‘We maintain that Sizewell C does not fit the needs of the government or the country; building the wrong project in the wrong place is not the way to revive the UK’s economy. The benefits to Suffolk claimed by EDF are highly questionable and don’t consider the damage to our existing local economy including tourism when that industry needs all the help it can get’. CND stands with the Stop Sizewell C campaigners and supports their efforts to bring a halt to these plans. CND general secretary, Kate Hudson has previously made clear that ‘Nuclear power is not the answer to the climate catastrophe we are hurtling into, or to our energy needs’.
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