UN Asks UK To Put Hinkley C On Hold For Consultation

A UN committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. The UN Economic Commission for Europe said last year that the UK had failed to meet its obligations to discuss the possible impact of an incident at Hinkley on neighbouring countries. It has now gone a step further and said that the UK should consider refraining from further work on the site of the new reactors.

The UNECE said the government should wait until it has heard from countries including Germany, Norway and the Netherlands on whether they should be formally notified under a treaty on trans-boundary environmental impacts. The UN request is an embarrassment for the government, which has faced several delays over the UK’s first atomic power station for a generation. EDF said it has carried out all the environmental impact assessments (EIA) required for Hinkley Point C.

from The Guardian 21st March 2017

{Yet another hurdle for Hinkley C – Ed.}