A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said last year that the UK had failed to meet its obligations to discuss the possible impact of an incident at Hinkley on neighbouring countries. The UNECE has now gone a step further and said the UK should consider refraining from further works on the site of the new reactors. The body said the government should wait until it has heard back from countries including Germany, Norway and the Netherlands on whether it would be helpful for them to be formally notified under a treaty on transboundary environmental impacts.
Guardian 20th March 2017 read more »
“Stop building Hinkley”, UN asks UK. A committee of the United Nations has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station because the UK government has not consulted with European countries about the project’s risks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said the UK should consider refraining from further work until it has discussed the possible impact of an incident at Hinkley with neighbouring countries including Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. UNECE said last year that the UK had failed to meet its obligations to hold the discussions under a treaty on transboundary environmental impacts, reports newspaper The Guardian. The newspaper called the UN request an “embarrassment” for the government, but commented that it is unlikely to derail the earthworks and building of a jetty at Hinkley, which is set to become Europe’s biggest construction site. A spokesman for EDF, the French state-owned company building Hinkley, told The Guardian: “We have carried out all the environmental impact assessments (EIA) required for Hinkley Point C, including assessing any likely significant transboundary impacts. In considering the EIA the UK Planning Inspectorate concluded there was no likelihood of significant transboundary effects.“The UK Supreme Court has already rejected a challenge from An Taisce which claimed that the government should have consulted other member states before making its decision on the development.” The UK government has yet to respond.
Global Construction Review 20th March 2017 read more »
Work at the UK’s proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant is under threat after investigation of a complaint to a UN Committee by the Irish environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment and a German Member of the Bunderstag German MP Sylvia Kotting-Uhl. Following the UK Government’s decision to approve the Hinkley Point C power plant without consulting the affected public in Ireland and other European Countries, FIE complained to the United Nations Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context in March 2013 that we in Ireland had been deprived of our right to be consulted by the UK before constructing the first of a new series of nuclear power plants.
FoIE 20th March 2017 read more »