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Opposition to Sizewell C nuclear plant mounts

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Two Suffolk councils have are refusing to back EDF’s plans for the Sizewell C nuclear power station.  

The French energy giant wants to build a nuclear power plant next to its existing Sizewell B power station, on the Suffolk coast.  

The Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG), which comprises of Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council, voiced concern about lack of detail in the plans in response to EDF’s third round of public consultation. They said they could not support the project in its current state.  

“Both councils are disappointed that EDF Energy’s plans have not evolved as much as they had hoped between consultation stages 2 and 3,” the JLAG wrote in its response. “This means both councils are still not yet able to fully support the proposals.” 

JLAG chairman Geoff Holdcroft said EDF had failed to provide mitigation proposals for key communities.   

“We have studied EDF Energy’s third round of proposals thoroughly and I have to say that we are rather disappointed,” he said. “The consultation documentation is not as comprehensive as we had hoped to see and lacks evidence in several important areas. This means we are unable to fully consider the full impact on our communities in some key areas.”  

“This has left us in the unfortunate position that we remain unable to fully to evaluate how adequate the proposed mitigation proposals are.”  

At the same time, 27 actors, writers and business leaders have published an open letter in The Telegraph, voicing concerns about the environmental impact of the Sizewell C project.  

Actor Bill Nighy and broadcaster Bill Turnbull are among those signing the letter which states the project must make better use of marine and rail transport to avoid the need to build new roads for construction traffic.  

“If [Sizewell C] can’t be delivered by sea and by rail, without encroaching on Suffolk’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest, the Minsmere Reserve and the heritage coast, and carving up farms and communities, it should not be delivered at all,” the letter reads. 

The £14bn Sizewell C project is estimated create 5,600 construction jobs at its peak, plus another 500 in supporting roles. Once in operation, the power station is expected to create a further 900 permanent jobs in Suffolk. 

Sizewell C managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson has previously suggested that Sizewell C could reuse designs and specifications from EDF’s nuclear power station project at Hinkley Point C to drive down costs and re-use the same supply chain. 

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