A clearer picture is emerging about the extent of Government policy re-orientation on new nuclear stations and associated environmental and regulatory requirements. Many detailed regulatory changes - six at least - could also come under the Government's new 25 year Environment Plan and its root doctrine of "natural capital" , but it is hard to avoid the conclusion that post Brexit, two considerations will come out on top of loads of "greenwash" talk about sustainability. These considerations are (1) more commercial freedom for developers and (2) government getting "delivery" for its policies rather than being harnessed to and hostage to EDF and other global nuclear developers.
The heart of the matter is a new "freestanding" nuclear sites policy, which is becoming known as EN6(2). SAGE thinks the contradictory EDF Sizewell C "rush" - Stage 3 consultation is now in January 2019 - against Government "no rush" and "wait for new regulations" reflect both game-changing about energy policy and, high political level, deep inner divisions about new nuclear. Second guessing such complex policy is not easy, but SAGE has pulled together many strands in a Briefing, posted in our archive section. This has been circulated in draft form to Suffolk's TASC Group (Together Against Sizewell C) and Friends of the Earth (Suffolk) and other campaign groups.