Collection T-HIN - Hinkley Point 'C' Enquiry records

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GB 249 T-HIN


Hinkley Point 'C' Enquiry records


  • 1987-1989 (Creation)

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The Hinkley Point C Inquiry was an inquiry into the proposed construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. The Inquiry was chaired by Michael Barnes, QC. His report focussed on four basic issues: the need for major new generating capacity; the economics of the project and government policy on energy; safety and the impact on health of the proposed pressurised water reactor (PWR); and the local and environmental effects of the proposal. Many national and local bodies submitted evidence, including the Stop Hinkley Campaign and the Consortium of Opposing Local Authorities, who argued very strongly against any further development. In his report published in 1990, Barnes concluded that consent should be granted for the extension of the Hinkley Point nuclear power stations by the construction of an additional PWR generating station. The plan to build Hinkley Point C was dropped, however, in the early 1990s because of changes in the market and the industry.

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Records of the inquiry held in 1988 including proceedings and transcripts of meetings and statements and proofs of evidence.

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  • English

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Item level typed list available in reading room.

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