An Taisce Welcomes Public Consultation UK Hinkley Point C, Nuclear Power Plant. The (Irish) Government has today launched public consultations on the UK’s Hinkley Point C, nuclear power station, 5 years after it should have under UN Conventions. The UK Government are building a nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, on the north coast of Somerset, some 150 miles (~242 km) from Ireland’s East Coast. Charles Stanley-Smith, An Taisce’s Communication Officer stated “These consultations have been hard won through court cases and escalation to the compliance committees of two UNECE conventions on consultation rights and obligations. This is the hard work of An Taisce, The Environmental Pillar and Friends of the Irish Environment and German MEP Ms Sylivia Kotting-Uhl” He continued “The peoples’ rights to these consultations will become increasingly important in our ability to address transboundary impacts of UK projects on our environment, health and economy, into the future. Under UN Conventions, the peoples of neighbouring countries that could be affected by a project need to be consulted. Post Brexit, we may not be able to rely on EU law to safeguard us, but these are UN conventions For instance, the Irish people will now need to be consulted in terms of any other 5 proposed nuclear power station on the UK’s west coast”
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In accordance with the provisions of EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive) and the 1991 United Nations Convention on environmental impact in a transboundary context (the Espoo Convention), the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) has invited the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to undertake a transboundary public consultation in respect of environmental information relating to the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant, which is understood to be under construction near Bridgwater in Somerset.
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The All Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Forum welcomes the decision of the Government to launch a public consultation on the possible impact to Ireland of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant on the south west coast of England. NFLA has, along with other groups like An Taisce and the group Friends of the Irish Environment, lobbied over the past five years for the government to take such an action given the amount of new nuclear reactors being planned on the Irish Sea coast. NFLA in England and Wales has been heavily involved in challenging both the need for, and risks from, a new nuclear programme. A new UK Government National Planning Statement suggests it wishes to see new nuclear power stations not just at Hinkley Point, but also at Wylfa in Anglesey, Sellafield Moorside in Cumbria and Heysham in Lancashire, all on the Irish Sea coast (along with Bradwell and Sizewell on the Irish Sea coast and Oldbury at the mouth of the Bristol Channel). The Government’s decision to hold a consultation relates to international law, under the Espoo and Aarhus Conventions, which encourages transboundary consultations on the environmental impacts of large developments, such as with Hinkley Point.
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All you need to know about Hinkley Point, the UK’s new nuclear power plant. A public consultation is being held today to give Irish people the opportunity to voice their concerns over the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant currently under construction in the UK. Many Irish environmental NGOs, most notably An Taisce, have raised concerns over the implications the development could have on Ireland. Dr. John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University who secured the public consultation, said it is “important” that Irish people have their say. “It’s one of the basic principals of international relations, good neighbours talk to each other about developments which may have serious implications for each other,” Dr Sweeney told RTE’s Morning Ireland.
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A seismic event shook Somerset on Saturday (February 17) and people across the region took to social media to let others know that the earth moved for them. From sofas to buildings, there were plenty that got all shook up by the biggest earthquake to hit the UK since 1906. Here is everything we know about the quake that sent shockwaves through the county at 2.31pm.
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The UK would have enough energy if nuclear plant Hinkley Point was further delayed, Business Secretary Greg Clark has told a House of Lords committee, as he admitted the Government has no target for nuclear energy use in the future. French state-owned EDF, which is building the power station, last year said the project could be completed as much as 15 months behind schedule. The 3.2GW plant was expected to start delivering power to the national grid in 2025 but could now be delayed to 2027, a decade after the first start date proposed by EDF. But Mr Clark, who appeared in front of the Lords economic affairs select committee as part of an inquiry into UK energy policy on Tuesday, said he was confident that future supplies could be maintained.
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The UK does not face an energy security issue if there are further delays to the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy said today. Speaking in front of a House of Lords committee, Greg Clark said that if the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation started producing energy later than expected, government energy auctions would be able to provide secure power “should we need it”. Jeremy Pocklington, the government’s director general of energy and security, told the Lords Economic Affairs committee that there were a number of ways the market could be flexible to make up for the lost capacity. Last year, EDF, the French state-owned utility building the nuclear plant, said the project could be more than a year behind schedule and £1.5bn over budget. The power plant is expected to provide about seven per cent of the country’s energy by the mid-2020s.
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