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UK government's support for nuclear power is illegal


15th February, 2007

Greenpeace have won a landmark high court battle against government support for nuclear power.

Mr. Justice Sullivan at the Royal Courts of Justice in London ruled that the government had not, as stated in its Energy Review published in June 2006, conducted 'the fullest public consultation' with regard to support for new nuclear power stations.

The judge said that the consultation had been "seriously flawed" and described the process as "inadequate and unfair". He added that the government had not provided sufficient information for an "intelligent response" to be made.

Sarah North, Head of Greenpeace's nuclear campaign, said that the government had "kept relevant documents to themselves":
"They've now been forced back to the drawing board to conduct a proper and lengthy review," she said.

Greenpeace have long lobbied for the use of small, decentralised power generation in place of large scale, nuclear infrastructure. Nuclear power stations, many of which are nearing retirement due to safety reasons, currently account for around 20% of total UK electricity generation.

This article first appeared in the Ecologist February 2007


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