Confirmed by reliable sources within separate Cumbrian local authorities, developer NuGen’s application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Moorside has slipped back by at least 6 months. This DCO submission date, previously identified variously by NuGen in its Stage 1 and Stage 2 public consultations on the project as April 2017, the Spring 2017 or Quarter 2 2017, now looks destined to be made at the end of 2017 at the earliest. It remains unclear which of the many specific factors known to threaten the project’s schedule is largely responsible for this latest delay. Whilst Toshiba’s financial woes and the potential bankruptcy of its Westinghouse subsidiary, and the failure so far of the AP1000 reactors to receive design clearance from the Office for Nuclear Regulation must be prime candidates, but delays in securing new investors for the development and finding a way through the local transport infrastructure minefield must also be in the frame.
CORE 8th March 2017 read more »
The News and Star reported this week on the “devastation” felt by a Cumbrian farmer who has been given a year to leave the land in order to make way for “Europe’s biggest nuclear development.” There are many more farmers who will lose their land and livelihoods. Some farms would be immediately buried under the 1400 acre area earmarked for the diabolic nuclear reactors and associated sprawl. Others would inevitably lose their livelihoods in the future from inevitable accidents and incidents should Moorside go ahead. The wildlife both marine and terrestrial that would be left devastated by Moorside both immediately and in the future is beyond comprehension, which is maybe why Cumbria Wildlife Trust and others have chosen to turn a blind eye. There is no excuse for this terrible wilful neglect by those who are tasked with the protection of Cumbria.
Radiation Free Lakeland 8th March 2017 read more »