Consultation begins on Wylfa environmental permits

Environment officers are asking the public for their views on whether permits should be granted for Wylfa Newydd.

Natural Resources Wales says it is still considering an application submitted last October by developers Horizon Nuclear Power. Last week, the European Commission approved plans for the new nuclear power station.

Horizon want three environmental permits and a marine licence needed to build and operate Wylfa Newydd. NRW says the company must demonstrate how it pledges to minimise any impact on the environment and human health.

Officials can refuse a permit if they believe Horizon hasn’t provided enough information or could provide more protection.

Tim Jones, NRW’s executive director in the North, said: ”We will carry out a thorough assessment of Horizon’s proposals to see if they contain sufficient safeguards to protect people and the environment before deciding whether to issue the permits or refuse the application. We will consider all relevant information raised during the consultation and we would value hearing people’s views.”

Another public consultation will be held once a draft decision has been reached for the permits, which cover non-radioactive discharges to air, land and water. The marine licence application covers construction work and other activities at sea such as dredging.

Three drop-in sessions will be held across the region as part of the first public consultation, whcih runs until Thursday 6th September:

  • Monday 16 July: 1pm-6.30pm – Storiel, Bangor
  • Tuesday 17 July: 1pm-6.30pm – David Hughes Hall, Cemaes
  • Wednesday 18 July: 12.30pm-5pm – Ebeneser Centre, Llangefni

Comments should be sent to the Permitting Service Team at NRW’s offices in Bangor.

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