Sizewell C: MP urges more time to hear views on nuclear plant mitigation proposals. A former environment minister has urged the Planning Inspectorate to consider extending this week’s hearing into the Sizewell C nuclear power plant. Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP, wants environmental bodies to be given more time to respond to the latest mitigation proposals for the site. Suffolk County Council has already told the four-day public hearing it could not support the project as it stands. Developer EDF has not yet responded to the comments made so far. Ms Coffey, the Conservative MP whose constituency includes Sizewell, said nuclear power was a key part of the UK’s energy mix and the government was attempting to phase out fossil fuels and ensure electricity security. “We have to get it right for the specific and special location for which it is proposed to build this nuclear power station,” she said. EDF has estimated that Sizewell C would create 5,000-8,000 local jobs during construction, which could take about nine years and cost about £20bn. The MP added that while “EDF has listened” and made considerable changes to mitigate the effects of the construction process on the local traffic system, there remained “some large environmental impact changes” that needed to be addressed.
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