Drax gas plant approval faces legal challenge over 'significant threat' to carbon targets

Activist environmental lawyers ClientEarth have launched a legal challenge against the secretary of state's decision to give the go-ahead for Drax power station's plans to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with four gas turbines.

Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom granted the application development consent in October, against the advice of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The redevelopment of the facility near Selby in North Yorkshire is intended to deliver 3.6 gigawatts of power from gas, and would make the power station by far the largest gas-fired plant in the UK.

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