According to senior Cllr Andy Smith, at a Suffolk coastal erosion meeting (SCAR) only a few days ago, EDF are going to do their 3rd and final consultation about Sizewell C as early as January next year.

That's a real rush. By common understanding they simply haven't done the environmental assessments and lots of other work required by the planners. They have not been able to propose any solutions to the many traffic and other big isssues. Coastal and potable water issues are serious - millions of gallons of water wil be needed to mix the special nuclear cements and Suffolk acquifers could run dry. Even if they had done the work, they woudn't have found solutions because the problems are in any case insoluble.

So, the EDF statement (Anglian, Wed 28) that Sizewell C is the "next" project, but still needs to cross major business and cost hurdles looks odd indeed. We learn that EDF is to be an "invited" developer, not a "nominated" developer under proposed new Government rules (EN6 Mark 2). These rules will tighten some business and security standards for new nuclear, while posing new issues for environment protection. EDF also say that the project is "not set in stone".

So what's going on ? It looks like more muddle, just to keep the pot boiling. Or is the aim perhaps to get a licence from the planners quickly under current easier rules and then sit on it or sell it - maybe to their Chinese business partners ?

Whatever the case may be, it looks like more of the smoke and mirrors so beloved of politicians and top people. Especially since Minister & MP Therese Coffey at the same coastal meeting said there was no need to rush Sizewell C. For us lesser mortals, that is, the long suffering Suffolk public and voters and campaigners, EDF's Sizewell C project is looking less like an "Energy Gateway" and more like a cul-de-sac.

Not good for Suffolk, surely. Why doesn't EDF come clean, and "fess up" that it is not a sustainable or necessary or a Suffolk-suitable project. EDF could get socially responsible and do what it is being told to do in France: that is, follow other advanced nations, and get into renewables in a big way. EDF are doing this in Scotland already - so why not cancel Sizewell C, and get involved in renewable technologies ?

Regan Scott

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