Government proposals which would leave electricity customers to foot up-front costs for firing up new nuclear power plants like Sizewell C has been blasted by campaigners. The new funding model would mean all UK electricity customers would pay to help energy firm EDF to build Sizewell C – a move opposed by residents’ campaign group Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group (TEAGs). It’s estimated that the measure would add around £6 a year to customer bills, including those on renewable energy contracts. TEAGS co-chair Alison Downes said: “Having campaigned for many years to get EDF to change its construction plans for Sizewell C, the idea of paying for the privilege of major disruption and the threat of environmental damage to protected sites such as RSPB Minsmere really sticks in our throats.
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Campaigners have expressed “extreme disappointment” at the latest proposals for Sizewell C – and fear they may not be able to comment on its environmental impact before plans are submitted. EDF Energy has launched its Stage 4 consultation on the nuclear power station, highlighting a number of changes and putting forward an option for a intergrated transport strategy for the delivery of construction materials. But Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) has called for the plans for a twin reactor to be scrapped, saying the consultation reveals no new data upon which to judge the potential environmental, social or infrastructure impact. TASC press officer Chris Wilson said having reviewed the documentation, TASC expressed “extreme disappointment, although not surprise, at the lack of extra detail included”. He said: “Many respondents to the stage 3 consultation asked for more environmental information. Yet, despite EDF promising that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would play a ‘key role’ in finalising their proposals, we now know that these will not be available until the Development Consent Order (DCO) is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. “Therefore, the environmental impact on people, places, flora and fauna, will not be available for public consultation before EDF submit their DCO. This makes the job of making an accurate assessment of EDF’s plans impossible.”
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