South West MEP welcomes legal challenge to Hinkley C

Molly Scott Cato MEP has welcomed news that the Austrian government is to mount a legal challenge against the decision by the EU to allow billions of pounds of subsidies for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The action is likely to be supported by Luxembourg. Responding to the news, Dr Scott Cato said:

“Greens vowed to support any legal action so I welcome this announcement by the Austrian government. We simply cannot leave unchallenged the European Commission’s clear breach of its own rules on state aid. This deal would waste vast sums of public money on a dated and dangerous technology, when we should instead be promoting a safe and sustainable energy future for Europe.”

The legal challenge is the latest in a series of setbacks for Hinkley C and throws fresh doubts on whether the project will ever go ahead. Ever increasing costs, investors backing away, the complexity of the design and delays to the timescale have all befallen the project.