Energy bosses have been asked for more details of proposed changes to the plans for a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast. EDF Energy submitted the changes to the £20billion Sizewell C twin reactor project at the start of the year following a period of public consultation. Now the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), which is assessing a Development Consent Order for the project, has examined the alterations to the proposals for the plant and has asked EDF for more detailed information. The changes – drawn up in response to earlier rounds of consultation and growing concerns about the impact of the power plant – aim to take hundreds of lorries a day off Suffolk’s roads during construction. EDF wants to increase substantially the amount of materials being delivered by rail and sea, cutting by 20% the amount travelling by road if the power station is given the go-ahead. This could reduce HGV numbers on an average typical day at the peak of construction to 250 (500 two-way movements) and 350 HGVs (700 two-way movements) on the busiest day – a reduction of 150 HGVs on the very busiest day (300 two-way movements) compared to original predictions.
East Anglian Daily Times 8th March 2021 read more »
Guest post by George Millins. George is 82 and a retired engineer. He is a keen nature conservationist based in West Suffolk who surveys for wildlife, including reptiles, and encourages land owners to establish habitats. He monitors the fate of many locations where translocation has taken place following housing and industrial development but where long term safeguards of the interest has often been abandoned. In the following post George delivers stinging rebukes to EDF Energy and to the authorities charged with protecting wildlife at Sizewell in Suffolk, where development plans to build twin fission reactors appear to be ignoring legislation and established ecological best-practices. It’s a sad but timely story that raises serious concerns about planning permissions and law enforcement in 21st century Britain.
War on Wildlife 8th March 2021 read more »