Environmental campaigners have complained that a safety report which gave the UK’s nuclear industry the all-clear is missing the point. Friends of the Earth (FOE) believes that nuclear power is the wrong energy option for the country.
The Chief Nuclear Inspector’s report in response to the Fukushima disaster in Japan found that there were no fundamental weaknesses with our nuclear facilities.
Tony Bosworth, energy campaigner at FOE said: “This report does nothing to alter the Alice-in-Wonderland economics of nuclear power – it’s a gamble we don’t need to take. After more than five decades of nuclear generation the industry still relies on huge public subsidy, while solar is set to operate without taxpayer support within a decade.”
Instead, he said the UK should be getting tough on energy waste and fully embracing renewable energy sources.