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The Environment Agency is seeking the views of local communities around Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea, in Somerset, and parts of South Wales, on applications for environmental permits to operate a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point

The Environment Agency is seeking the views of local communities around Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea, in Somerset, and parts of South Wales, on applications for environmental permits to operate a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

The Agency received two environmental permit applications from NNBGenCo, a subsidiary of EDF Energy, relating to operation of a nuclear power station on the North Somerset coast at Hinkley Point, across the Bristol Channel from Wales.

The applications relate to discharges and disposals of radioactive waste and operation of standby power supply systems.
The Environment Agency must decide whether to grant or refuse the application. If it grants the application, it must decide what conditions should be included in the permit.

To go ahead this proposal needs environmental permits from us, a Development Consent Order from the Infrastructure Planning Commission and a nuclear site licence from the Office for Nuclear Regulation. We will be closely examining the applications to enable us to decide whether to grant or refuse the permits. We would like as many people as possible to respond to these applications. We will consider the views of local people before we make our decision,’ said Brian Payne from the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency will review the applications to ensure they contain all the relevant information and then will consult the public for a period of 30 days, between 25 August and 6 October.  The Agency expects the development to meet high environmental standards so that people and the environment are properly protected.

'There are two ways that people can help us when we are considering a permit application.  Give us information relevant to our decision that we may not have been made aware of in the application or tell us about anything that is incorrect or missing from the applications.  We have to grant a permit if the applicant satisfies all the relevant criteria, but feedback from communities can help us to make sure that the conditions in the permit are strict enough to protect the local environment and health,’ added Brian Payne.

A further consultation will be carried out for 12 weeks once the Agency has finished looking at the applications and is ready to make a decision. People will then be able to comment further on what they think our decision should be.  This is expected to start in Spring next year, with final decisions made at the end of 2012.

 

Source: Environment Agency

Written by Scott Buckler
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 9:09

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