The European Commission (EC) has cleared and approved a proposal by EDF Energy to construct and operate a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, England.

Under Article 41 of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Treaty, the Commission concluded that the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station meets the objectives of the Treaty and can contribute towards developing a sustainable national energy mix.

EDF Energy Nuclear New Build managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson said the EC has given its approval to the Hinkley Point C project.

"This is great news and the result of a lot of hard work, as we continue to make progress towards obtaining the necessary planning and regulatory consents for this nationally important development," Cadoux-Hudson added.

As per the terms of the Treaty, the nuclear power station develops should notify the EC about any investment projects. EDF submitted the documents in January 2010.

Previously, the Commission, under Article 37 of the Treaty concluded that the nuclear power station will cannot be held responsible for the radioactive contamination of the water, soil or airspace of another member state.