The Recent ‘Review’ Of The Hinkley C Project

In July 2016 the UK government announced a ‘review’ of project to build the ‘Hinkley C’ nuclear power plant1. In September 2016 they then announced the go ahead for the project2.

I was, like many other people, interested in the details of the review but unfortunately it has not been made public. I therefore sent a Freedom of Information Request to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

In response they have said that they that they are not providing the information within the usual 20 working days’ under the ‘exemptions which apply to the information that you have requested are s35 formulation of government policy and s43 commercial interests‘.

This does not mean that they will not release but they have to reach a decision on whether it is in the public interest to do so. They will get back to me by the 17 November 2016.

A copy of their response can be found here.


1 Hinkley Point C in doubt after British government delays approval, The Guardian, 29 July 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/28/hinkley-point-c-to-go-ahead-after-edf-board-approves-project)

2 Hinkley Point C nuclear power station gets government green light, The Guardian, 15 September 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/15/hinkley-point-c-nuclear-power-station-gets-go-ahead)

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