English Court of Appeal finds against An Taisce in Hinkley Point Case
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down its judgment today (August 1st 2014) in An Taisce's case regarding Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The case relates to the legality of the decision in March 2013 by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, granting Development Consent (permission) for the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station some 150 miles from the Irish coast. This decision was taken without the public in Ireland being consulted. An Taisce argues that this was in breach of the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.
The Court of Appeal found against An Taisce’s claim, and decided that it was not necessary to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.
Andrew Jackson, An Taisce's Natural Environment Officer and In-house Solicitor, commented: "We are studying the judgment with our legal team and considering our options."