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Go-ahead for nuclear power stations

PUBLISHED: 11:50 10 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

TRADE Secretary John Hutton today confirmed the government is to allow a new generation of nuclear power stations to be built in Britain.

That will almost certainly mean the construction of a third nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast.

TRADE Secretary John Hutton today confirmed the government is to allow a new generation of nuclear power stations to be built in Britain.

That will almost certainly mean the construction of a third nuclear power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast.

Mr Hutton told the House of Commons the case for more atomic production of electricity was "compelling".

The government will not decide where the new power plants will be built, but it is known that sites next to existing plants at Sizewell and Hinkley in Somerset are at the top of the list.

The move prompted outrage from protesters. Friends of the Earth director Tony Juniper said: “The decision to encourage the construction of new nuclear stations in the UK is both irrational and unfortunate.

“It is irrational because the economics do not stack up and because renewables and energy efficiency could meet our needs more quickly and sustainably.

“It is unfortunate because the nuclear option will limit our ability to lead in the exciting and fast growing new markets for modern energy sources. And that is bad news for the UK economy and jobs”.

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