Initially Theresa May kicked Hinckley into an independent review – good judgement. She then tried to approve it. She couldn't, as her advisers will have told her 'It is still operating 30 years after it's planning permission expired'.
No inspection by the Hinckley engineers could replace another full Royal Commission. Before any Hinckley C could be contemplated, that is what is needed.
It is an open and shut affair. After Fukishima any new nuclear plant needs insurance of 100 billion. No insurance above 1 billion is available. Permission denied.
Why did Theresa give her consent? Curious. But incidental – it is out of her hands. Nuclear power has the habit of bribing people to get its own way.
I do not think Theresa would do such a thing – but her advisers might not be so careful. There is some confusion about Sizewell B, as its planning ran out 2014.
EDF does not think planning applies to it. For plants in the UK it does. So an immediate stop order on Hinckley and Sizewell is in order.
After this flouting of planning, and the lack of adequate insurance, there will never be a Hinckley C. Or any other nuclear plant.