Nuclear talks under attack

The government's consultation on the future role of nuclear power stations was branded a sham by the Liberal Democrats as the exercise closed this week.

Several key organisations including Greenpeace have already withdrawn from the consultation in protest at the way in which it has been conducted (Planning, 14 September, p5).

Lib Dem business, enterprise and regulatory reform spokesman Lembit Opik said future generations would have to deal with tonnes of radioactive waste. "Putting millions of pounds into nuclear power stations will stifle the growth of renewables," he insisted.

Greenpeace has lodged a complaint with the Market Research Standards Board, which is investigating the public consultation exercise held last month.

But a government spokesman said: "It was a full, open and fair consultation that gave people the chance to let us know what they think."

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