EA sets out water and ecology hurdles for Sizewell C nuclear project

The Environment Agency (EA) still has concerns about the Sizewell C nuclear project, largely related to its potential impact on flooding.

The culverting of watercourse crossings “have the potential to increase flood risk and impact ecology”, states its response to the stage four consultation on a development consent order for the 1.6 gigawatt development on the Suffolk coast. The document is dated 26 September but was only published on Friday, accompanied by a response to an earlier consultation.

The response also warns that flood compensation proposals “may not function as intended” and that a flood risk assessment has still not been finalised. “These material considerations will need to be resolved before you submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO),” the response noted.

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