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New nuclear a reckless mistake - Hughes

November 10, 2009 10:33 AM

Commenting ahead of Government proposals that will fast-track a new generation of nuclear power stations, Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Simon Hughes said:

"A new generation of nuclear power stations will be a colossal mistake regardless of where they are built.

"New plants in the UK have never been built without massive cost to the taxpayer and a lethal legacy of toxic waste.

"Plans to sweep aside the remnants of local accountability in the planning system expose a Government ready to override all objections as to where new sites will be built.

"New nuclear is a reckless strategy for Britain's energy needs as it won't be ready for many years and could only make a small contribution to Britain's demands.

"The best way for Britain to reduce emissions and secure its energy supply is through the rapid development of renewable power which is clean, safe, effective and would create huge numbers of jobs."