Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 16 September 2018
From Susannah Spain


In 1996 there was an F16 plane crash that contaminated the cable run route selected by Vattenfall to the National Grid substation at Necton. Vattenfall were informed about this event, and the presence of environmental contamination as a result, in the public consultation sessions but it was ignored. Vattenfall were then informed officially by Norfolk County Council, in the person of [Redacted], on 5th June 2018. This was in plenty of time for it to be included in the DCO application but it was not.

The consultation undertaken by Vattenfall was flawed because they ignored information given to them and in particular they did not tell the truth when they said they did not know about the plane crash and therefore could not include it in their environmental report.

According to MOD documentation, the contamination includes radioactive substances. Theis can be extremely expensive to remediate and high risk both to the persons carrying out the work and the local population if not done correctly to UK standards. It should not have been left out of any suitable and sufficient application for planning permission. There should be no possibility of Vattenfall starting any groundwork before the position of all radioactive substances have been pinpointed. In a plane crash, this can be spread over a large area that should not be disturbed until permission has been given by the Environment Agency.

Suitable remediation plans covering the actual risk, together with agreement in principal by the Environment Agency for the construction work to go ahead, should be required before this particular DCO is accepted as carried out with due diligence for the Necton infrastructure.