Information on the so-called ‘imperative reasons of overriding public interest’ is thin on the ground, and ambiguous at best. It was adopted in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Energy (EN-6) by Parliament in the UK in 2011. It is based on the national need for nuclear energy and allows for adverse public opinion towards projects affecting the environment or communities on the periphery - be they ecological, economic, political or social - to be bypassed. The Institute for the Recognition of Peripheral Interests seeks to make the periphery visible, suitably appropriating the acronym that legitimises the marginalisation of peripheral communities - IROPI.
IROPI will produce and commission artwork, writing, events, study visits and workshops. Our research will begin with the peripheral communities and ecologies affected by the nuclear industry and its legacy.