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Critical evidence is missing from Sizewell C application say wildlife charities - RSPB

The RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) say that critical evidence is missing from EDF’s Sizewell C Development Consent Order (DCO) application and must therefore conclude that the build must not go ahead.

Without this evidence, the charities say they can’t properly assess the application and all its potential impacts on nature and the environment at RSPB Minsmere, Sizewell Marshes SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and beyond.

The lack of evidence is causing concern as it leaves an uncertain future for several protected animals including: otters, water voles, marsh harriers, bats, natterjack toads, red-throated divers and more.

In some cases, plans to mitigate the impacts on these species either don’t exist or are seriously lacking in detail.

The charities say that Sizewell C will result in catastrophic losses for nature, not a net-gain for nature as EDF claims.

The RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) are deeply concerned that critical evidence is missing from EDF’s Sizewell C DCO application. Without this evidence, the charities say they can’t properly assess the application and all its potential impacts on nature and the environment at RSPB Minsmere, Sizewell Marshes SSSI and beyond.

During recent public consultations, the RSPB and SWT raised concerns about several potential environmental impacts where critical evidence was missing or inadequate, meaning EDF’s assessments are incomplete. Conservationists were therefore disappointed to find that this evidence is still missing from the final application.

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