The Green Party today accused the United Nations Economic and Social Council of ‘pulling punches’, following their finding that Britain has breached the Espoo convention, but failure to deliver a recommendation. UNESC found that Britain failed to notify neighbouring states and the general public of the threat of trans-boundary nuclear pollution from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the event of a major accident or to provide a consultation process for the public. Commenting on the developments, Green Party Councillor and anti-nuclear campaigner Mark Dearey, said: “The recommendation that Britain now enter into discussion with neighbouring states to decide on ‘whether notification is useful at this stage’ is surprisingly weak as a definitive view would have been appropriate given the findings. “This has the appearance a pulled punch from the UNESC. “Nonetheless, Ireland now needs to take the opportunity to insist on a notification process so that we the public, can have our say on the potential threat posed by Hinkley. “I am sure An Taisce are weighing up their options following their defeat in the UK courts on the same issue last year, but there can be no doubt that this ruling adds significantly to their case should they wish to re-enter it.
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