EDF Energy’s new nuclear build plans reached an “important” milestone as it received three main environmental permits for the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset.
The permits cover the discharge of cooling water and other liquid waste, regulation of emissions and strict limits for the safe and controlled discharge of small amounts of low-level radioactive liquids, gaseous and solid wastes. They have been issued by the Environment Agency to ensure the local people and the environment are protected while the station supplies secure and clean energy.
Chris Bakken, Project Director for Hinkley Point C said: “Having the permits in place this early in the project provides us with the clarity we need to build the processes which will underpin the highest standards of environmental performance from the very start of operation of the plant.”
EDF Energy supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customers.
The news comes as Ministers signed plans to put UK at the forefront of Europe’s nuclear expansions earlier this week.