UK musn’t rush to conclusions over nuclear

Chris Huhne announced his intentions for British nuclear review today. As the effects of the earthquake in Japan continue to worsen, the case for nuclear power seems to be lessening. […]

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By Tom Gibson

Chris Huhne announced his intentions for British nuclear review today. As the effects of the earthquake in Japan continue to worsen, the case for nuclear power seems to be lessening.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said: “We should not rush to judgment. It is important that we have the full facts at our disposal. I have asked the Chief Nuclear Inspector for a full report so that the implications for the UK are clear.

“Safety is and will continue to be the number one priority for existing nuclear sites and for any new power stations.”

Mike Weightman, Chief Nuclear Inspector, who addressed the Nuclear Development Forum said: “We must establish the facts on these unprecedented events and determine if there are lessons to be learned for the UK, to add to our very robust safety standards and arrangements.

“My report will be public, independent, evidence based, comprehensive, wide in scope and based on the best technical advice, consulting nationally and internationally with colleagues and organisations who, like us, have the safety and security of people and society uppermost in our minds.”

Vincent de Rivas, CEO of EDF supported the Energy Secretary: “We should not, at this stage, make snap decisions about existing nuclear power stations until all the facts are known.”

“The events in Japan do not change the need for nuclear in Britain. The critical task in front of us today is to deliver a secure, clean and affordable energy mix.”