Sizewell C would be ‘catastrophic’ for nature, charities warn. Three million fish would be sucked into the power plant’s cooling system every year, conservation charity says. Sizewell C would be catastrophic for British nature, destroying vast areas of fragile wildlife habitat home to barn owls, water voles and kingfishers, conservationists have warned. Suffolk Wildlife Trust said plans by contractor EDF to build the nuclear reactor on the county’s coastline would be “devastating”, destroying an area of outstanding natural beauty the size of 900 football pitches, rare wildlife habitats and 10 hectares of a protected site. The charity said that it had now come to the conclusion that the damage to wildlife would be so great that it could not be compensated for elsewhere or mitigated. That includes the loss of 3 million fish every year that would be sucked into the power plant’s cooling system, affecting the marine ecosystem of the entire coastal area. The project, which is expected to cost up to £20bn and take at least ten years to build, is reported to have the backing of the government, which signalled its support for nuclear investment in Wednesday’s new green strategy. But the plant is still subject to the planning process, with a final decision not expected for at least six months.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has backed a nuclear power future for Britain as part of his green industrial revolution – but failed to give the green light to the Suffolk project as some had been anticipating, or even mention it specifically. Campaigners said opposition was “strong and growing” and the government’s financial commitment to nuclear was a “drop in the ocean” compared with Sizewell C’s cost. Mr Johnson said £525 million would be earmarked to help develop “large and smaller-scale nuclear plants”, and research and develop new advanced modular reactors. This could support 10,000 jobs in total. Sizewell C managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said “Sizewell C is the only large scale nuclear project ready to begin construction. It will deliver the always-on low-carbon power Britain needs. Alison Downes, from Stop Sizewell C, said: “Despite heavy briefing by EDF and the nuclear industry, the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan has not yet given a green light to Sizewell C, nor any suggestion on how it might be funded.
East Anglian Daily Times 18th Nov 2020 read more »
Major employers on Teesside say plans for a nuclear plant Sizewell C will fuel a major contracts opportunity for the area, with thousands of jobs safeguarded if it gets the green light. PM Boris Johnson set out the Government’s 10-point “green industrial revolution” plan on Wednesday, including “advancing nuclear as a clean energy source”. The Government is understood to be close to giving the go-ahead to Sizewell C, on Suffolk’s east coast. Now companies including Darchem Engineering, Sarens, Jacobs and Agilia Infrastructure Partners have thrown their support behind the scheme, saying “let’s get Sizewell C built for Britain”.
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The Prime Minister’s statement yesterday in which he expressed support for ‘large and small scale nuclear plant’ was roundly condemned today by Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) as ‘lacking imagination, ambition or vision.’ TASC called for a programme which commits to at least 80% power generated by renewables by 2030, mandatory solar panels on new homes and buildings, a comprehensive programme for retrofitting of buildings to make them more energy efficient, a scrapping of the National Grid and a more radical shake up of the way we generate and distribute electricity. The PM needs to acknowledge that to proceed with Sizewell C will devastate Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and its many national and international designated sites including RSPB Minsmere, which conflicts with his ninth point “protecting and restoring our natural environment.” Responding to the statement today, TASC Chairperson and Deputy Chair of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group, Pete Wilkinson, said, ‘Whatever you were hoping for in the statement, it’s likely that you’ll be disappointed. The Tory government has been in labour for years and has produced a mouse. An opportunity to show vision, imagination and to lay the groundwork for how it sees the ‘build back better’ programme unfold has been squandered.
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