Seconds out, round 10 – or so it might seem in the Hinkley nuclear struggle. Who kept who in the dark [pun intended]? PEI’s Diarmaid Williams takes a ringside seat.
Five of the 17 board members who voted to approve a decision by EDF to press ahead with the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in England are now seeking a court annulment of that decision.
The board members, all union representatives, say they were not provided with information that was crucial to their decision on the day.
The sticking point is, they said, that Jean Bernard Ley, the company’s CEO was privy to information about the UK government’s intention to delay their decision on the project, and this was not shared with the board prior to the vote.
The board voted 10 to 7 in favour of the £18bn project late last month to build two reactors in Somerset, England. One board member resigned in protest against EDF’s strategy. “Some board members discovered they did not benefit from the same level of information as the CEO and government representative,” the CGT, CFE-CGC and FO unions said in a statement. The CFDT union did not sign the statement.
Shortly after the board meeting, the UK announced that it had postponed its final decision until early autumn to allow time for further review. FT reports that law firm Alain Levy, which represents the five union board members, said on Wednesday that it had filed a complaint with the Paris commercial court, adding that the case would be heard on September 5.
EDF declined to comment. EDF have acknowledged that Levy knew a signing ceremeony scheduled for the project site on the day after the board meeting had been postponed but the company maintain that he did not know a full review of the project would take place.
This one will run and run…oh, it already has.