Somerset

Local views sought on proposed Hinkley power station

The Environment Agency is seeking the views of communities around Somerset regarding a proposed power station.

Feedback is being sought in Burnham on Sea and Bridgwater on applications for environmental permits to operate a new station at Hinkley Point.

They relate to discharges and disposals of radioactive waste and operation of standby power supply systems.

The Agency is to decide whether to grant or refuse the applications.

If it grants the applications, it will need to stipulate what conditions should be included in the permit.

The Environment Agency's Bruce Payne said: "We will be closely examining the applications to enable us to decide whether to grant or refuse the permits. We would like as many people as possible to respond to these applications.

"We will consider the views of local people before we make our decision."

The Environment Agency is to consult the public for a period of 30 days between 25 August and 6 October.

The applications can be viewed on the Environment Agency's website.

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