The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) seeks to publicise an important report recently published by the French public spending watchdog and promoted yesterday in the French media. It should be of real interest for the UK media, the UK Planning Inspectorate considering the Sizewell C reactor scheme, the UK Government and UK nuclear regulatory agencies. The report by the French Cour des Comptes, equivalent to the National Audit Office in the UK, provides a remarkable level of criticism of EDF Energy’s European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) design and construction process that is being planned for the Hinkley Point and the Sizewell sites. In the two locations where the EPRs are being constructed – Olkiluoto in Finland and Flamanville in France – they are both many years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget. The report by the Cour des Comptes is a sober analysis of the EPR technology and the failings of EDF Energy in trying to develop it into a robust and safe new nuclear reactor.
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