bids to take Hinkley Point C legal challenge to European courts
National Trust wants to challenge permission for a new nuclear
power plant to be built near Burnham-On-Sea in the European courts,
a judicial review has heard.
organisation is contesting the legality of granting consent for
Hinkley Point C, which is 150 miles from the Irish coast.
claims under EU directives, Irish people should have been consulted
about the environmental risks beforehand.
a hearing in London this week, its lawyers said the case should
be referred to the European courts.
March 2013, Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave EDF Energy planning
consent to build Hinkley Point C on the Somerset coast.
the Irish organisation, An Taisce, claims that the government
failed to undertake a "transboundary consultation" with
the Irish people as required by the European Commission's Environmental
Impact Assessment Directive.
government says that such consultation was not necessary because
nuclear accidents are not sufficiently likely due to the robustness
of the UK regulatory regime.
the start of a two-day judicial review hearing in London, David
Wolfe QC, for An Taisce, told the appeal judges the case turned
on issues of European Union law. He said the appropriate course
was a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union.