Letter Councillor David Blackburn: Deeply concerned over the environmental cost of Sizewell C. I share the ‘deep concerns’ of the National Trust to the potential environmental costs of the proposed Sizewell C new nuclear reactor project (EADT, 25th May). They tally with those made at our recent Saxmundham seminar from environmental representatives including the naturalist Simon Barnes, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Coastal Friends of the Earth. At that meeting it was made clear that Sizewell C could have major and long term negative effects on highly sensitive sites like Minsmere, and as the National Trust notes, Dunwich Heath. And we know as well that Coronation Wood is to be removed in the interim plans for the site. The natural environment around Sizewell includes some rare and unique habitats, and clearly an industrial development on the sheer scale of Sizewell C can’t possibly be able to mitigate all of these issues. It should also be noted that, in the past few months, renewable energy has delivered the bulk of UK electricity needs and it is reported that EDF may be paid £50 million just to turn Sizewell B off due to a lack of demand. With longer-term concerns over climate change, coastal erosion and rising sea levels there is a lethal combination of factors that make it much more sensible not to develop new nuclear reactors in Suffolk. The concerns of local environmental groups need to be heeded for this and future generations so that we can continue to enjoy these beautiful landscapes and their rare wildlife.
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