1) TASC have now received the response from BEIS Dept of Central Government. (Business Energy Industrial Strategy ) to its consultation on the National Policy Statement on EN6, the Policy for Nuclear Power over 1gigawatt, post 2025. TASC will be reading the Government Document with great interest. At present the NPS EN6 criteria for Sizewell C state that it must be producing electricity by 2025. The new document EN6(2) will invite a developer (in this case EDF ) to say if they wish to be included within the revised document EN6 (2). Before this can happen the revised Document has to go through a second stage of consultation and be accepted in Parliament, this may not be until 2019/2020.

TASC will be responding to the document, many issues which we indentified in our response to the initial consultation have not been addressed by BEIS. We will also have representation at a BEIS meeting where our concerns will be raised with BEIS Officers.

2) TASC met with EDF personnel recently and raised a great number of issues, some of which were answered satisfactorily. But some are still being pursued. We have asked to be given a full understanding of where ALL water is discharged from Sizewell A and B. This includes rain, sewerage, reactor and potable or town water and any other water that is discharged off the sites. This is important as the Sizewell C application goes forward. Also of concern is the amount of potable water which is to be used on SZC and its source, as Suffolk is one of the driest regions in the Country and as climate change occurs it may have a grave effect in on other water users in future years.

We also asked to see a footprint of the buildings which will become the Nuclear Licensed Site, this is extremely important as the site is small and we do not want to see creeping development neither seaward or on the SSSI and marshes. To date we have not received satisfactory information, but have received an invitation for some members to attend a “walk over” of the site which we have accepted.

We also learned that there is still a great deal of data to be collected and collated before the 3rd Consultation early 2019.

3) TASC contiues to object to SZC because many of the points made to the EDF Second Consultation are even more valid now, including the vast upturn in the ability to use renewables, which are cost effective, far more sustainable, and do not create nuclear waste. At a recent meeting of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG) The Station Director of SZB gave an enlightened presentation on EDFs Renewable programme including EDFs involvement in an off shore wind farm in Northumberland. It would be a revelation if EDF would roll out a programme of renewables for our Country.

4) Also of interest is the Governments’ Document “A Green Future Our 25 Year Environmental Plan” which features heavily the need for sustainability and protection of the natural world.

The Prime Minister in her forward to the Document states “We hold our natural environment in trust for the next generation. By implementing the measures in this ambitious plan, ours can become the first generation to leave that environment in a better state than when we found it and pass on to the next generationa natural environment protected and enhanced for the future”.

In response to the PMs statement TASC too are concerned, not only for the next generation, but for many generations into the future. The legacy of nuclear waste and the financial liabilities which comes with the production of nuclear power we submit is leaving a massive burden on those who follow us.

Particularly galling when it can be proven over and over again that there are viable sustainable alternatives.

TASC will continue to urge the Government to rethink its Energy Policies, creating a sustainable future at least cost and risk for both the future of the planet and all who depend upon it for survival now and in the long term.

TASC July 2018

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