The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has called on the UK Government to cease construction work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

The commission accused ministers of not consulting with other European countries on the project.

It said the UK should have consulted with neighbouring countries over the possible effect of any incidents on the site.

Responses should have been sought from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway under environmental treaties, the UNECE said.

EDF dismisses call

John Sauven, Executive Director at Greenpeace UK, said: “This letter from a UN body shows the UK still has a mindset of doing what we like without listening to the widespread concerns.”

A spokesman for EDF, the project developer, argued: “We have carried out all the environmental impact assessments (EIA) required for Hinkley Point C, including assessing any likely significant transboundary impacts.

“In considering the EIA, the UK Planning Inspectorate concluded there was no likelihood of significant transboundary effects.

“The UK supreme court has already rejected a challenge from An Taisce, which claimed that the government should have consulted other member states before making its decision on the development.”

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