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Public feedback sought on new nuclear power plant in Suffolk

An artist's impression of the nuclear power station. Picture credits: Sizewell C

The Environment Agency are urging the public to provide feedback on applications for three environment permits, required for the operation of the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station.

The permits were submitted the the Agency last month and concerns environmental matters such as disposing and discharging of radioactive wastes, discharging cooling water and liquid into the North Sea and operating standby power systems using diesel generators.

In addition to regulating the new proposed site through the permits, the Environment Agency also provides advice and information on how to ensure water quality and ecology is protected, as well as flood and coastal risk management.

The Environment Agency's Nuclear New Build Project Manager, Simon Barlow, said: 

"These applications represent the culmination of 10 years of pre-application discussions with EDF SZC Co. 

"We welcome people’s views on these permit applications and will carefully consider their comments before we progress to the next stage of our decision making process.

"As these applications relate to the disposal and discharge of radioactive waste; operation of standby power supply systems using diesel generators; and discharges of cooling water and liquid effluent into the North Sea they will all have implications for the environment and should be rigorously examined – hence our consultation.

"After we have reviewed the applications, our next stage will be to conduct a further consultation on our draft decisions, when members of the public will have another opportunity to provide us with their comments.

"We appreciate that there are currently limitations on people's movements and accessibility challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we will be taking measures to ensure everyone can have access to the relevant documents and direct contact with Environment Agency officers, to ask questions and discuss their concerns."

The public consultation on the permits runs for 12 weeks from today (06/07/20)and if the Environment Agency decides to approve them, they can include conditions on how safeguard people and the environment.

You can have your say on the plans by clicking here.

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