A CAMPAIGN group which is objecting to the construction of a new nuclear power station has called the developers’ next step “a gamble”. The Office for Nuclear Regulation announced the start of Step 4 of the Bradwell B project. This means it has reached the final stage before a public consultation. A more detailed assessment of the design of the Chinese HPR1000 reactor and of the supporting evidence provided by CGN will continue to be open to public comment. Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group is leading the opposition to the development. The group has likened the move to reaching a hurdle – not passing a milestone. They said it is at this stage that all the tricky issues facing the Bradwell B project must be confronted, including the cooling system, site suitability, security, coastal defence and impacts on marine and terrestrial environments. Chairman Andy Blowers said: “It seems that the Chinese developers are taking a risk in trying to present the public and politicians with an apparent ‘fait accompli’ well before major design and environmental hurdles have been crossed.
Maldon Standard 20th Feb 2020 read more »