Located west of Cemaes Bay on the island of Anglesey, Wylfa nuclear power station pumped electricity into millions of homes for 44 years until it was decommissioned at the end of 2015. Simmering under the surface have been long-proposed plans for a new nuclear power station, known as Wylfa Newydd. The £14bn project has been hailed by some as crucial to the economic development of Anglesey, with the ability to bring up to 9,000 jobs into one of the most deprived areas in Wales. But since its announcement it has been met with a mixture of hope, optimism, and concern from campaigners and local politicians. It has also been dogged by delays and uncertainty in the decade since it was confirmed Wylfa would get a new nuclear plant. But a conclusion may be drawing nearer. A decision on a development consent order (DCO) application is due to arrive by September 30 from the UK Government, which would allow a nuclear development on the site. While funding remains another issue that decision is seen as crucial in deciding the fate of Wylfa Newydd. But as we approach possible clarity on a long-proposed and controversial project, what do those closest to the project think? The UK Government is due to announce a decision on the DCO by September 30. It is seen as crucial to the future of the project.
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