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YRM nuclear plans pass planning hurdle

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Plans for a £10 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point designed by YRM moved a step forward this week after EDF Energy secured permission for preparatory work at the site.

West Somerset District Council approved plans for work including site excavation and fencing. Applications for a Nuclear Site Licence from the Office for Nuclear Regularion and environmental permits from the Environment Agency will be submitted today.

A planning application for the power station will be submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission later this year.

EDF Energy said progress at the site was helped by recent government announcements on nuclear energy including parliament’s ratification of the nuclear national policy statement on 18th July.

Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive at EDF Energy, said: “July has been a major month for nuclear new build. As a result of the steps taken by parliament and the local authority, EDF Energy is able to take immediate action to move the project forward significantly.”

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