Prove you’re safe
THE developer behind Wylfa Newydd will have to show how it will minimise radioactive waste as a consultation is launched.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people for their views on Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd’s application for an environmental permit.
The application is for a Radioactive Substances Regulation permit which details how Horizon will manage, discharge, transfer and dispose of radioactive material and waste from the power station.
As part of the process NRW is holding a public consultation on the content of application.
To be granted this permit Horizon must demonstrate how it will minimise the amount of radioactive waste it generates and discharges.
If NRW believes the company could do more to protect the environment, or hasn’t provided enough informa- tion on how it plans to do so, it can refuse to issue a permit.
Tim Jones, executive Natural Resources Wales’ director of operations for North and Mid Wales, 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 a permit or refuse the application.
“We will consider all relevant information raised during the consultation and we would value hearing people’s views.
“We only issue a permit if we are wholly satisfied that the company’s plans prove they will operate safely, without harming the environment or local communities.”
Horizon Nuclear Power is currently awaiting regulator approval for its reactor technology while it is also set to submit planning applications for the plant and supporting works and infrastructure.
Under the current timescales Wylfa Newydd is due to begin generating in the mid-2020s.
People are being asked for their views on Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Ltd’s application for an environmental permit