The Environment Agency has issued three environmental permits to energy firm EdF Energy for its proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The permits will allow the power station to dispose of radioactive waste; release cooling water into the Bristol Channel; and use diesel generators as standby power systems.
“The environmental permits we’ve issued for Hinkley Point C set limits and conditions that will ensure people and the environment will be properly protected,” said the Environment Agency’s Hinkley Point C project manager Brian Payne.
The permits were released following a public consultation about the power station proposals organised by the Environment Agency.
The news is a further boost to EdF’s plans to build a new nuclear power station on the site, and could be a precursor to a more significant announcement.
Energy secretary Ed Davey had until Tuesday this week to decide whether to approve planning permission for the project.
As NCE went to press it was unknown what Davey’s decision was likely to be.
But if planning permission is granted it means EdF has cleared all regulatory hurdles and can now begin construction.
The only remaining obstacle is EdF and the government agreeing the strike price for electricity sold to the National Grid.