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Siting of Power Stations

Nature volume 150, page 53 (11 July 1942) | Download Citation



A PAPER by F ; Favell (J. Inst. Elec. Eng., 89, Pt. 2, No. 9 ; June, 1942), on the considerations to be given to this subject, points out that in recent years the siting of electricity-generating stations has tended to be affected increasingly by non-technical considerations such as legal requirements, amenities, etc. These considerations become of special importance when a particular scheme is submitted to a public inquiry by the Electricity Commissioners under Section II of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1919. The paper records some of the issues to be borne in mind when siting power stations in Great Britain and at the same time it refers to some factors which have a bearing on power station construction irrespective of location. It is divided into two main parts, the first dealing with considerations arising out of parliamentary legislation, and the second with more technical and practical problems. The first part refers to the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932 ; the Coal Act, 1938 ; the Coal Mines Act, 1930 ; and various other statutory requirements. The second part deals with chimney emissions ; sewage effluent for circulating water ; amenities ; and alternative sites.

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