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DTI Stays Firm on Nuclear Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

DTI Stays Firm on Nuclear Policy

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Ministers will plough ahead with plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations, despite a court ruling that the public has been misled.

Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Department of Trade and Industry want nuclear generators to provide around 20% of the UK's electricity.

This comes despite a High Court judgment on February 20 that the government's public consultation in July on the use of more nuclear sites was 'misleading', 'seriously flawed' and 'procedurally unfair'.

'Something has gone clearly and radically wrong,' Mr Justice Sullivan, who heard the appeal, ruled.

But Blair later warned that 'this won't affect the policy at all', saying that domestically produced nuclear power was necessary to prevent the UK becoming dependent on 'uncertain supplies of energy' from elsewhere.

The environmental lobby group Greenpeace had successfully argued in court that the government had committed itself to a full consultation in a 2003 energy review. …

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