The UK secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, is of the view that the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant is not likely to have significant effects in any other states outside of the UK, the UK’s Planning Inspectorate said. The statement followed a screening assessment of likely significant effects on the environment in other states from the project in accordance with Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. EDF Energy applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Sizewell C in Suffolk in May and it was accepted in June. The application followed four rounds of public consultation that began in 2012. In a statement, the Planning Inspectorate provided information about possible transboundary environmental impacts according to international conventions as part of its review of the DCO application for Sizewell C. “Taking into account the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context (the Espoo Convention) and the UNECE Convention on access to information on environmental matters (the Aarhus Convention), the UK government has chosen to inform all signatory states and their public of the Proposed Development and invite their participation in the decision making process,” the Planning Inspectorate said.
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The Irish public can have their say on Britain’s new nuclear power station plans after an invitation to comment was issued to neighbouring countries. Britain is pushing ahead with plans for the Sizewell C plant on the English east coast, about 150km north east of London. The facility is expected to take nine to 12 years to construct and, once completed, would generate power for 60 years. NNB Generation Company, which is behind the project, recently completed environmental assessments and has applied to the UK Planning Inspectorate for permission to proceed. As part of that process, it must engage in consultation with the public and, under international transboundary agreements, that includes the public in Ireland and other neighbouring countries. In a statement, the Planning Inspectorate said: “The secretary of state is of the view that the proposed development is not likely to have significant effects in any other states outside of the UK.” The Government here has been invited to make observations, however, and a spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said they would be responding.
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Councillors in Suffolk say they still need to be convinced about building a new nuclear facility at Sizewell – but said it was too early to formally oppose the project. A motion was presented to Suffolk County Council’s full council meeting on Thursday afternoon calling for the council to oppose the plans by EDF Energy to develop Sizewell C, and set up a cross-party task group to consider whether the authority should support the principle of nuclear energy at all. David Wood from the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group, who put forward the motion, said the development will do irreversible harm to the landscape. “We should be extremely proud of what we have here in Suffolk – our natural coast, the jewel in our crown and renowned the world over for its landscape, wildlife, flora and fauna, and should be doing all we can to protect it, not destroy it,” he said. Mr Wood said the plans had “utter disregard for the environment” and added: “This is a development which will have significant harm for the area from which we will never recover”.
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None of Felixstowe’s county councillors voted in favour of a motion to publicly oppose Sizewell C. Councillors in Suffolk say they still need to be convinced about building a new nuclear facility at Sizewell – but said it was too early to formally oppose the project.
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