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Hinkley environmental permits get green light

The Environment Agency has given draft approval to the three main environmental permits for Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station, it was announced yesterday.

After an initial consultation and detailed assessment of the permit applications, the Environment Agency stated: “Our overall conclusion at this stage is that there are no reasons why we should not issue all three permits. We consider that the limits and conditions in the draft permits are suitable to protect people and the environment.” 

The Environment Agency is now embarking on a final consultation, concluding on 9th November, on its draft decisions and draft environmental permits.

The applications, which were submitted by EDF Energy in summer 2011, include a Radioactive Substances Regulation Environmental Permit, which sets limits on the safe and controlled discharge and disposal of small amounts of radioactive liquids, gaseous and solid wastes from the operation of the facility.

EDF Energy also applied for a Combustion Activity Environmental Permit, which regulates discharges from the operation of backup diesel generators, and a Water Discharge Activity Permit covering the discharge of cooling water and trade effluents.


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