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In 2016, Joemat-Pettersen released a draft IRP for comment. The comment period closed in February 2017. Why then did this Minister issue a section 34 determination, a decision to procure nuclear energy, in December 2016.

The only reasonable inference is that the Minister deliberately and irrationally, sought to avoid any public consultation… including bypassing the 2016 IRP update process, and did so for the ulterior motive of rushing through the determination in advance – well aware, that at the very least the 2016 IRP update process was likely to highlight a significant change in the need for and financial viability of the nuclear energy option”. From ELA and SAFCEI supplementary Affidavit January 2018.

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