September 25, 2014
Austria may block plans to build new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point

Plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea may be blocked by Austria.

The Austrian government say they are united against the plans and will launch a legal challenge if the £16billion Hinkley Point project is approved.

Austrian MEP Michel Reimon says the future of renewable energy in Europe will be threatened if the nuclear power station is built.

Stop Hinkley Campaign spokesman Allan Jeffrey said in a statement: “Irrespective of what we think about the possibility of an accident or routine emissions of radioactivity into the environment, or the fact that there is no solution to dealing with the dangerous waste, this deal is economically bonkers."

Meanwhile, EDF Energy said earlier this week: "Confirmation that Vice-President Almunia recommends that the College of Commissioners approve the agreement on Hinkley Point C is another positive step forward for this vital project."

"The State Aid investigation has been rigorous, robust and thorough and we expect that the College of Commissioners will recognise this. Hinkley Point C is an important project which will deliver Europe-wide objectives, offering the prospect of reliable, secure and low carbon electricity for many decades to come as well as boosting jobs and skills."

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