Andy Blowers speculates on the real reason behind the Environment Agency’s recent public consultation on Bradwell B in the BANNG column for the April 2021 edition of Regional Life magazine. The February announcement by Chinese nuclear developer, CGN, that it would pause all project work and engagement on Bradwell B for ‘at least a year’ seems in sharp contrast to the Environment Agency (EA) pressing ahead with its consultation on the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) on the proposed reactor. Could it be that these apparently conflicting positions are, in fact, mutually compatible? Let me try to explain. The project is now in limbo and, for Bradwell B at least, the chances of its resurrection must be close to zero. For opponents of Bradwell B it is better that the project sinks now while it is still virtual rather than subsides into the waters under the hammering impacts of climate change when it is a reality of radioactive menace. The consultation is nothing more, nor less than to provide the developer ultimately with the seal of approval from the UK’s regulators, regarded as among the most rigorous in the world. With the imprimatur of UK design approval, the Hualong 1 reactor would be able to launch into markets worldwide. This is what the developer has wanted and what the EA signals it is likely to get. The EA’s preliminary conclusion is that the design is on course to be ‘suitable for use in England’.
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Response to the consultation by the blackwater against new nuclear group.
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