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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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Govt expected to approve Hinkley nuclear plant today

The Government is expected to announce today (Tuesday 19 March) that it is giving the go-ahead to the first of a planned fleet of new nuclear reactors in the UK.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey will announce whether he is granting consent for French energy giant EDF to build a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

The plant's two nuclear reactors would be capable of producing 7% of the UK's electricity, enough to power five million homes, EDF said.

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