EDF Energy on October 31 submitted an application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to build and operate a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The IPC has 28 days from the day after the date of receipt of the application to decide whether to accept or reject it. EDF, in July, applied for a site license and an environmental permit for Hinkley Point C.
If the application is accepted, it will be examined by IPC commissioners and the application documents will be made available on the IPC website and at other locations and any member of the public will be able to register as an interested party. This provides the opportunity to make a written representation and to participate in relevant hearings. Following the examination, if the Localism Bill currently before Parliament is enacted, the IPC will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who will make the final decision whether or not to grant development consent.
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