While TASC members are relieved that EDF has decided to delay the submission of its Development Consent Order (DCO) for Sizewell C, TASC is extremely disappointed that it will only ‘defer the submission for a few weeks’, according to EDF’s Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson. The government’s planning inspectorate expect the DCO to be submitted in April. The DCO scrutiny process requires the free access and movement of personnel of every authority and agency involved, from the Planning Inspectorate to the county and district councils and every individual attending the hearings. Within a few weeks, restrictions are likely to be even more Draconian than they are today and enforced more stringently. TASC Chairman, Pete Wilkinson, said today, ‘EDF’s statement on Thursday seems to completely ignore the fact that the corona virus epidemic is expected to peak in a ‘few weeks’ and government restrictions designed to curtail the spread of the virus are expected to be enforced for a period of months, not weeks.
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EDF’s ambitions to build another new nuclear power station in the UK have been paused as the country grapples with the coronavirus crisis, with the French energy giant yesterday confirming it has postponed plans to lodge its planning application for the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. An application to build the multi-billion pound power plant had been expected to submitted to the UK’s planning inspectorate before the end of March, but with much of the UK on lockdown in a bid to limit further spread of the Covid-19 virus, that timetable has now been pushed back, according to Reuters.
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