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Notice of Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation, Planning Application for proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, Anglesey, North Wales, United Kingdom

In accordance with the provisions of the 1991 United Nations Convention on environmental impact ina transboundary context (the Espoo Convention) and the EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment ofthe effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive), theMinister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has received notice from the UK’s PlanningInspectorate (PINS) in relation to the development consent application (planning application) byHorizon Nuclear Power for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, in Anglesey,North Wales, United Kingdom. The proposed development principally comprises a proposednew nuclear electricity generating station on the north coast of Anglesey, North Wales with aprojected electrical output of approximately 3.1 gigwatts. The proposed development would also include permanent and temporary works in themarine environment; off-site power station facilities, including a control centre, laboratory andemergency equipment garage; and associated off-site development comprising a worker accommodationcampus, temporary park and ride facility, construction logistics centre and highway improvements.

The proposed development is subject to an environmental impact assessment procedure and theUK’s PINS has identified that the proposed development has potentialtransboundary effects on the environment in Ireland. Accordingly, the UK’s PINS has invited Irelandto undertake a transboundary consultation in respect of environmental information relating to theproposed development. The UK’s PINS is currently examining the development consentapplication for the proposed development. The UK’s PINS will submit a report on the application,including a recommendation to grant or refuse development consent, to the UK’s Secretary of Statefor Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, who will make the decision on whether to grant orrefuse development consent.

A member of the public may make a written submission or observations in relation to the potentialtransboundary environmental effects of the project, by sending them to his or her local planningauthority, to be received by close of business on Friday 25 January 2019 at the latest.Submissions or observations should not be made to the Department of Housing, Planning andLocal Government.

Contact details for each planning authority are set out in the public consultation notice, which isavailable to view in the public consultation section of the website of the Department of Housing,Planning and Local Government at www.housing.gov.ie, together with the correspondencefrom the UK’s PINS, digital copies of extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statement;associated documents and links provided by the UK’s PINS to the full Environmental Statement andall other documentation relating to the development consent application for the proposeddevelopment.

The public consultation notice is also available to view in the office of the Planning Section ofeach planning authority nationwide during office hours together with a printed copy of thecorrespondence from the UK’s PINS inviting Ireland to undertake a transboundary consultation underthe Espoo Convention and the EIA Directive; extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statementand associated documents that appear to be most relevant for thepurpose of the consultation. A copy of these documents is available for inspection, orpurchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during office hours at theoffice of each planning authority nationwide.

All documentation related to the development consent application for the proposed development,including additional or amending documentation accepted at the discretion of the UK’s PINS, is alsoavailable to view on the website of the UK’s PINs, including any additional information accepted bythe UK’s PINS at:

https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/wales/wylfa-newydd-nuclear-power-station/

In the interests of transparency, it should be noted that, following consultation with the Ministerfor Housing, Planning and Local Government, each planning authority will forward to the UK’s PINSall submissions or observations it receives through this public consultation, and may also forwarda summary of the submissions or observations. Submissions or observations received, or a summaryof same, may be published on the website of the planning authority concerned or on a website of theUK’s PINS. The DHPLG will not publish any submissions or observations or summary of same.

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