Campaigners call on all Suffolk residents to submit comments on Sizewell C before deadline at end of month. A campaign group has encouraged all residents to comment on plans to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast before a deadline is reached at the end of September. Stop Sizewell C held a meeting at Theberton church on Saturday, 5 September, to hear the views of local residents. EDF claim the new power station will create 2,400 jobs in the county if plans are approved by the government. The proposals are now with the Planning Inspectorate, but comments can be submitted until the 30 September by those registered as an ‘interested party’.
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An independent review of EDF’s Economic Statement, assessing the impacts of Sizewell C to Suffolk’s local economy, has concluded that the project threatens “profitability and, in some cases, viability” of some local businesses, while others will be “at an immediate disadvantage when bidding for contracts”. The report, Sizewell Economic Statement – Response, by highly-regarded independent research and analysis consultancy Development Economics, reveals multiple areas where EDF’s claimed benefits are over-optimistic, unproven or misleading, frequently omitting evidence to support its figures or relying on “erroneous analysis”. It concludes, critically, that EDF’s Economic Statement “fails to meet the minimum requirements of the legislation”, with no serious attempt to measure the deterrent effect on tourists and their expenditure, traffic congestion or competition for skills and labour. The National Policy Statement EN-6 requires that applicants for major nuclear energy projects take into account ‘potential pressures on local and regional resources, demographic change and economic benefit’.
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Michael Shellenberger & Christopher Barnard: We must take on Russia and China’s energy dominance by going big on nuclear power. The Prime Minister risks squandering his big chance to make the UK the West’s leader in nuclear energy in an isolationist flight of fancy. At some point in the next two weeks, the Johnson government will decide whether to build two new nuclear reactors at the Sizewell nuclear plant in Suffolk or abandon those plans for a risky experiment with Rolls-Royce. Blood, sweat, and tears have been shed building the advanced nuclear reactor design known as the EPR in Finland, France, and at Hinkley Point in Britain. The reactors have been plagued by construction delays and cost overruns, leading some within the Johnson ministry to argue for abandoning the design and betting the farm on Rolls-Royce design. Doing so would be a grave mistake for the UK and for the future of nuclear energy in the West. Some question whether the United Kingdom needs nuclear energy at all, raising concerns about its safety, and the alternative of renewables. But intermittent wind and solar are insufficient to deliver reliable, low-carbon electricity. With the recent sale of its North American nuclear division, Rolls-Royce has seen its small reactor proposal drop out of Canada’s advanced nuclear race, dealing an early blow to the idea of international sales and raising the spectre of another generation of slow, expensive isolation. But by building the UK EPR twice at Hinkley Point, twice at Sizewell, and perhaps twice again at Moorside in Cumbria, the UK would find itself by 2030 in the foremost ranks of nuclear-building countries and the undisputed leader of nuclear in the West.
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