UK to suspend work on Hinkley C near Burnham-On-Sea
United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the
Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea because
of the governments failure to consult with European countries
over the project.
UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said that the UK had failed
to meet its obligations to discuss the possible impact of an incident
at Hinkley on neighbouring countries.
has now gone a step further and said the UK should consider refraining
from further works on the site of the new reactors.
group says that the government should suspend the project until
it has heard back from countries including Germany, Norway and the
Netherlands on whether it would be helpful for them to be formally
notified under a treaty on transboundary environmental impacts.
Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: "Opposition
to Hinkley started with knowledgeable energy specialists and environmentalists.
It grew to involve a wide array of businesses and media commentators.
Now it includes neighbouring countries and a UN body. This letter
from a UN body shows the UK still has a mindset of doing what we
like without listening to the widespread concerns."
a spokesman for EDF, the French state-owned company building Hinkley
Point C, said: "We have carried out all the environmental impact
assessments (EIA) required for Hinkley Point C, including assessing
any likely significant transboundary impacts. In considering the
EIA the UK Planning Inspectorate concluded there was no likelihood
of significant transboundary effects."
UK supreme court has already rejected a challenge from An Taisce
which claimed that the government should have consulted other member
states before making its decision on the development."
Hinkley spokesperson Roy Pumfrey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is yet another embarrassment for the Government and its obsession
with outdated, dangerous nuclear technology. This month we have
already seen the Daily Telegraph warn that the old energy order
is drawing to a close and that Theresa Mays Government will
be cursed for locking us into Hinkley Point Cs ruinously high
and energy experts from all shades of opinion have told her that
this phenomenally expensive project is an unnecessary form of power
generation. Unlike previous Prime Ministers we know she is not averse
to the occasional U-turn, so she should take the opportunity presented
by the United Nations Committee to call a halt to this project now."
a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy said: "The Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear
Regulation have independently assessed the station design of Hinkley
Point C for safety, security and environmental impact before granting
approval. The project will continue to be subject to robust regulation
from these bodies and it will have no significant adverse effect
on the environment of any other country."