Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Enquiry received via post

Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

09 September 2016
E Jones


A summary of the questions and points raised by the enquirer as follows:
1. Doubt on the unemployment statistics used by the nuclear industry and others to promote the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey.
2. Reference made to Trweryn Dam project, opened in 1965. Points regarding foreign ownership of infrastructure developers and the compulsory purchase of land in Wales by them.
3. The threat to human life and residents' human rights posed by radioactive emissions from nuclear power stations.
4. Questions about the membership of the Horizon consortium, in particular the American Company Bechtel.

Advice given

The Planning Inspectorate is able to advise on the Development Consent Order process. It isn’t our role to determine Government policy towards nuclear energy or other types of infrastructure. Government policy is set down in National Policy Statements, which are prepared by the relevant Government department and are designated following scrutiny by Parliament (Westminster). In that context, it is also the Government’s policy that the energy generating industry is open to private investors, including foreign owned companies. As such, if you have particular concerns or objections to the Government’s policy towards nuclear energy then you should raise these with your MP.
Any examination of the Wylfa Newydd application, that takes place as part of the Development Consent Process, will not deal with nuclear safety, security, protection of people and the transport of nuclear material. These are matters that are dealt with through separate processes related to environmental permits issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the Nuclear Site Licensing process that is the responsibility of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). In due course there will be separate public consultation processes related to these applications in respect of Wylfa Newydd. The Development Consent process will focus on the other construction and operational impacts of the generating station on the local communities and the environment.