condemn EDF's application to build new Hinkley reactors
planning application to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley
Point near Burnham-On-Sea has this week been condemned by campaigners
opposed to the expansion of the site.
EDF announced on Monday (October 31st) it has submitted an application
to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for consent to construct
two European Pressurised Reactors.
Stop Hinkley campaign leader Crispin Aubrey said in a statement:
"EDF's proposals will bring up to ten years of road chaos
and disruption to the local area, with the company refusing to
consider building a bypass round the town of Bridgwater."
"Only one in five of the expected construction jobs will
go to Somerset residents. The power stations legacy would
be highly radioactive waste stored at the
site for over 100 years. Especially after the Fukushima accident
in Japan, its irresponsible for EDF to continue to pursue
its Hinkley Point proposal."
Stop Hinkley says it will be submitting a petition with more
than 12,000 signatures to Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for
Energy and Climate Change, calling for a halt to the proposals.
If the new station is granted permission, it could be online
by 2020 and provide enough energy for five million homes.
The Infrastructure Planning Commission now has up to 28 days
to decide whether or not to accept the submission, after which
time it becomes a live application. Until then, EDF Energy remains
available to provide the IPC with any clarification that might
be necessary. The IPC will only publish the application documents
after the application has been formally accepted.
If the application is accepted by the IPC, EDF Energy plans to
embark on a public information exercise, highlighting its proposals
and explaining how to access the documentation and the next steps
in the IPC process.