The Sizewell C Project

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The Sizewell C Project

Received 24 September 2020
From James Rettie

Representation

May I draw your attention to my concerns as follows about the proposed new Sizewell development: *Proposed Site: sea levels are rising, putting the site at risk from flooding and 'hundred year' tidal events. -The ecology and amenity of the coastline are at risk, as is the cultural heritage of the coast and its value to tourism -The density of the site with five reactors and concomitant stored waste, is simply too great a burden -There is not proper coordination between this proposal and other local planned energy projects *Impacts: -The area is simply unable to sustain the increase in traffic, noise and disruption related to the building project and the new power station -Thousands of new workers will put an unacceptable strain on local facilities, healthcare, roads, schools and commercial services -Tourism will be adversely affected - EDF's own s would be surveys suggest nearly a third of visitors would be put off . - Especially in the light of Covid and the Government's warnings regarding the end to the brexit transition period, businesses cannot sustain the impact and disruption - Local jobs are predicted by EDF to be low-skilled, so the boost to our economy is minimal and will not remotely offset the disbenefits * Transport: The infrastructure plans designed to deal with the increase in traffic are entirely unsustainable. HGVs are predicted to be as high as previous proposals which relied on roads -What road plans there are will not be ready in time, leading to a huge increase in congestion, pollution and traffic for several years - The new roads are not environmentally sound and will cause irreperabe damage to our wildlife - There is simply not enough consideration given to construction traffic impact and what there is is unrealistic *Environment: Minsmerer bird reserve will be irreparably damaged - site of international and historic significance and a vital home and feeding ground for rare and endangered migrating birds in an area of outstanding natural beauty - Very little or inadequate consideration has been given to in the increase in noise and light pollution -There is insufficient planning for dealing with construction waste or stockpiling of materials - There is nowhere near enough consideration of the effects on ground water levels or contamination of drinking water - The construction is an inefficient way to produce power compared with other, renewable resources, which will also be insufficient in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with targets - The detrimental effect on marine biology in this delicate coastal area *Cost: The calculations for the cost of this project simply do not take into account the bill for clean up or eventual decommissioning, as there is no adequate plan - nor can there be - for safe very long term storage of nuclear waste I would also ask you to take into account Stop Sizewell C's Relevant Representation at [Redacted]