BANNG’s primary purpose is to oppose the development of new nuclear power at Bradwell in Essex. We also have an interest in generic and specific processes and proposals for new nuclear developments which may have a bearing on the Bradwell development. Our response to the Sizewell application reflects a number of common concerns. One, is that Sizewell and Bradwell are projects being developed by a partnership between EDF and CGN. Although Sizewell is based on the UK EPR while Bradwell is intended for the UK HPR1000, both comprise reactors, waste stores and other buildings which must be accommodated on coastal sites. A second feature is that the sites are hemmed in by areas of environmental significance with many designations, the most notable being the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Minsmere RSPB reserve in Suffolk and the Marine Conservation Zone in Essex. Thirdly, both are close to substantial populations with Leiston (Suffolk) and West Mersea (Essex) within two to three miles from the sites. Fourth, both sites are vulnerable to coastal processes, in the case of Sizewell, coastal erosion and at Bradwell flooding and storm surges, problems which will only get worse as climate change wreaks havoc on the fragile and low-lying east coast while the operation and decommissioning of the plants continues into the next century and beyond. And, fifth, as the UK’s nuclear strategy collapses, Sizewell and Bradwell are the two remaining sites which puts enormous pressure on government, developers, regulators and the IPC to ensure the delivery of the two new nuclear power stations. Indeed, CGN has responded to the opportunity presented by stating that, ‘In simple terms, we have ramped up. We are bringing forward [the Bradwell project]’1.
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