Government's Nuclear Policy in Meltdown

January 8, 2008 12:00 AM

Commenting on the report published today by the Nuclear Consultation Group condemning the Government's failure to consult properly for the second time into nuclear power, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"This report has blown apart the Government's nuclear consultation as a fraud and puts the Government's forthcoming energy policy announcement in risk of complete meltdown.

"The first nuclear consultation was deemed illegal by the High Court for failing to consult properly. But the Government's second attempt seems to have been just as a big a sham.

"The report is right to identify a wide range of outstanding and serious concerns with the new reactors, especially over the costs, safety and what to do with the existing stockpile nuclear waste.

"When fully decommissioned, Wales two nuclear power stations will have produced enough nuclear waste to fill 60 Olympic size swimming pools.

"The Government has now failed twice to consult properly on nuclear power and to explore all our energy options. This is inexcusable."

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