Future legal challenges unlikely to stop new nuclear

The government’s decision to award EDF consent for a new nuclear plant in Somerset has survived two legal challenges suggesting future projects will also pass this hurdle

It appears unlikely that future legal challenges will hold back the UK’s new nuclear programme after two judicial reviews against EDF’s planned plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset, failed.

On 20 December, the High Court ruled against a challenge by An Taisce, the Irish national trust.

An Taisce had argued that DECC failed to comply with article 7 of the EU’s Environmental Impact Assessment Directive when it awarded consent to the project because it did not consult the Irish people.

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