Hinkley C plans approved

Plans for a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset have been approved by the Government this afternoon (19 March 2013).

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Greenpeace: Hinkley C approval 'could be illegal'

It will lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills, via a strike price that's expected to be double the current price of electricity, and it will distort energy policy by displacing newer, cleaner, cheaper technologies. With companies now saying the price of offshore wind will drop so much it will be on par with nuclear by 2020, there is no rationale for allowing Hinkley C to proceed. Giving it the green light when there is no credible plan for dealing with the waste could also be in breach of the law.

– John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace

Unite union: nuclear is 'crucial' to energy policy

The construction of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of skilled construction jobs for the next five years, and around 800 jobs in the operation of the power station over the next 60 years. We hope Hinkley Point C is just the first in a fleet of new nuclear power stations which would create jobs in construction for the next 20 years. Nuclear is a crucial part of a balanced energy policy, to stop lights going out."

– Kevin Coyne, National Officer, Unite
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