of government 'delays Hinkley Point expansion plans'
expected date for the Hinkley Point C planning application to
be submitted has slipped by four months from August to December,
it has been claimed this week.
from the Stop Hinkley pressure group say the delay comes amidst
new uncertainty for the project following the General Election
and appointment of new Conservative Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.
Hinkley's Jim Duffy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's an uncertain
time right now for the nuclear industry and EDF may think twice
about its giant projects for Hinkley and Sizewell."
went on to point to an article in The Times newspaper on Saturday
(May 15th) in which Mr Huhne strengthened his assertion that new
nuclear builds will not receive any Government subsidies, including
in the event of a nuclear accident.
is a hardening of the position from the previous Labour Government
who had not insisted on full liability insurance for the proposed
generation of reactors," claimed Mr Duffy.
cost of full insurance may well be prohibitive to developers such
as EDF Energy. Mr Huhne may also be under pressure from anti-nuclear
Lib Dem colleagues to examine other potential aspects of Government
subsidy, such as the Labour proposal for fixed pricing of nuclear
waste management, after the expected 60 year life of the reactors."