Design for planned nuclear power plant in Essex unveiled

Designs for a new nuclear power station close to the site of a former plant in Essex have been revealed.

The reactor and buildings - designed by EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) - could be built at Bradwell-on-Sea. Planners are now set to consider environmental and safety issues, but any full approval for the site is expected to take at least four years. It could power up to one million homes but campaigners oppose it on "health, environment and safety" grounds. The design for the new "Bradwell B" reactor has passed the first step of a four-step process, and will be assessed by UK nuclear regulators. But the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group has warned about "the risks and dangers of radioactivity" posed by its construction and operation. 

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