Eight nuclear sites get nod

Energy secretary Chris Huhne confirmed eight sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations and ruled out a further three for development by 2025.

Planning Officers Society spokesman Andrew Wright welcomed the nuclear national policy statement (NPS) revision. "We are pleased that it removes the implication that all the identified stations are needed."

The government's response to consultation on the draft energy NPSs, published alongside the new NPSs, revealed Dungeness in Kent is not suitable for deployment by 2025 due to concerns over the impact on important habitat sites. It also found Braystones and Kirksanton in Cumbria unsuitable because of potential impact on the Lake District national park.

Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Simon Bullock said: "Nuclear power is not the solution to tackling climate change. It would leave us saddled with toxic waste for centuries and not another penny of public money should be spent on it.

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