A public consultation phase into a proposed nuclear power station on the Essex coast has been launched, in what opponents say is an unexpected move by developers. The proposed Bradwell B site would see a twin reactor nuclear power station open near Bradwell-on-Sea, at the site of the partially decommissioned Magnox power station, built and managed by Chinese energy giants China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and EDF – operating under the name GNSL. The decision to announce the pre-application public consultations comes as the plans move into stage four – when developers, regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency take part. It is at this stage the construction and its impacts come under scrutiny. Opponents BANNG (Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group) say the decision to launch the consultations was not mentioned in previous community newsletters issued by the company, and should only take place after stage four is completed. A spokesman for GNSL said it is following a normal approach of running the two separate processes parallel to each other.
East Anglian Daily Times 21st Feb 2020 read more »
With reference to the Press Release entitled: ‘Chinese nuclear developer taking a gamble on premature proposal’, which was distributed to you recently, we have just found out that GNSL is proposing to start the pre-application consultation on 4th March 2020.There will be a series of exhibitions around the Blackwater estuary.
BANNG 21st Feb 2020 read more »
RESIDENTS will be able to have their say on a nuclear power project after dates for a first stage public consultation were announced. The Bradwell B Project, which aims to build a new nuclear power station at Bradwell, has revealed its plans. The consultation will be a first chance for residents, community groups and businesses to get a detailed understanding of the proposals including what Bradwell B would look like and developments which will be necessary if construction goes ahead. Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group is leading the opposition to the development. It said it is at this stage 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 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.”
Essex Gazette 21st Feb 2020 read more »
The consultation will start on Wednesday 4th March 2020, running for 12 weeks until 27th May 2020. It will include 15 public exhibition. events and this will be your first chance to review our proposals, engage with our team, and importantly, provide us with your feedback. Our aim is to submit an application for development consent a few years from now – during this period we will be undertaking formal consultation, as well as continuing to engage with the local community to understand your views. Your feedback will be incredibly important in helping us shape our proposals, and we hope you get involved.
Bradwell B 21st Feb 2020 read more »
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.
Braintree and Witham Times 20th Feb 2020 read more »