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Consultation on Hinkley Point environmental permits closes tomorrow

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Consultation on the environmental permits which are critical to the proposed £2 billion nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset closes tomorrow.

EDF Energy and Centrica’s joint venture company, NNB Generation Company Limited, applied to the Environment Agency for the permits in July last year.

Public views on the applications, which would allow the power station to discharge and dispose of radioactive wastes, discharge cooling water and liquid effluents into the Bristol Channel and operate standby power supply systems using diesel generators, have been sought by the agency over recent weeks.

Brian Payne, nuclear new build project manager for the agency, said: “We will make sure that any new nuclear power stations in England and Wales meet high standards of environmental protection and waste management.

“Our draft permits are included in the consultation documents and we’ve set out our reasoning in the draft decision documents. People have been asked to comment or provide information on our draft decisions. This is people’s last chance to have their say as the consultation closes on November 9.”

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