New UK nuclear power plant gets green light — RT World News

UK authorities have given the green light to the development of the Sizewell C nuclear power station, angering environmental activists

The UK government on Wednesday granted development permission for the Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk, eastern England, sparking fierce opposition from environmental activists.

According to UK authorities, the NPP will produce “reliable, low-carbon electricity to help Britain reach Net Zero,and will have the capacity to power six million homes. The cost of the new 3.2 gigawatt project, mainly financed by the French company EDF, is estimated at 20 billion pounds sterling ($24 billion). Sizewell C will be built alongside operational Sizewell B and Sizewell A, which was decommissioned in 2006.

EDF presented this decision as “the biggest step yet in the approval process.”
Sizewell C will be good for the region, creating thousands of opportunities for local residents and businesses. It will boost local biodiversity and leave a legacy Suffolk can be proud ofsaid Sizewell C Planning Manager Carly Vince, pledging to work closely with local residents to address their concerns.

Eco-activists blasted the government’s decision. “This is not the end of our campaign to stop Sizewell C. Not only will we be looking closely at the possibility of appealing this decision, but we will continue to challenge all aspects of Sizewell C, because – whether consumer impact, huge costs and delays, outstanding technical issues or environmental impacts – this is still a very bad risksaid campaign group Stop Sizewell C.

The comments were echoed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), a nature conservation charity, who said: “Sizewell’s endorsement went against advicefrom state experts, noting that the plant will have a negative impact on Minsmere Nature Reserve in Suffolk.

The decision to give the green light to the development of the nuclear power station comes as Britain seeks to become more energy independent in the long term amid rising energy prices, while trying to stick to clean energy sources.

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