The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) has published on its website its model response to the transboundary consultation on the potential impacts to Ireland of the proposed Sizewell C new nuclear reactor in Suffolk, East Anglia. The model response is designed for Irish Councils, Irish environmental groups and Irish residents to respond to the consultation organised by the Irish Government as part of international environmental regulations. Under the terms of the 1991 United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (the Espoo Convention), and the EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive), EU Member States are required to engage in transboundary public consultation in respect of projects likely to have significant effects on the environment of neighbouring States as part of the environmental impact assessment of a proposed major development. As the UK is still in the transition period of leaving the EU, it is bound by the EU Directive, as well as the wider Espoo Convention.
NFLA 26th Oct 2020 read more »
Significant changes to the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station have been submitted, potentially reducing the £20bn project’s environmental impact. EDF Energy and its partner China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) plan to develop the Sizewell C site in Suffolk, which is located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and bordered by the Sizewell Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest. The main changes to the project would involve more use of rail and sea links to transport construction materials to the site, reducing the use of lorries. The developer is also proposing to use additional land to compensate for the loss of fen meadow habitats at the site. In a letter to the Planning Inspectorate, the project’s chief planning officer Carly Vince said: “SZC Co. [the developer] considers that the changes would represent a material change to the application. However, they do not fundamentally change the nature of the application proposals.”
New Civil Engineer 27th Oct 2020 read more »