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Government to unveil nuclear fast-track plans

Plans for fast-tracking a new fleet of nuclear reactors is to be announced by the government today

Energy secretary Ed Miliband will unveil national policy statements to be used for future decisions on infrastructure development, including a list of potential sites for new nuclear power stations.

Earlier this month the Infrastructure Planning Commission revealed it would look at two of EDF’s plans for Sizewell C and Hinckley Point C.

But EDF, the owner of a number of the new nuclear sites, admitted that appointing architects to the streamlined project was a long way off. A spokesman said: ‘EDF Energy can confirm that earlier this year YRM were awarded a contract for in relation to the architectural vision for our project at Hinkley Point.

‘We are still finalising the procurement strategy in relation to other elements of the project, so at this stage we can not provide any further details.’

Mr Miliband said that the proposals were crucial for the shape of Britain’s future energy supply and that the government will ensure that firms will have to work closely with local regions and show they have consulted widely in order to gain approval.

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  • THIS IS A KICK IN THE TEETH FOR TRUE SUSTAINABILITY. Yes, nuclear is low carbon, but the legacy issues in terms of nasties left behind which will affect the planet for millennia, and the fact that the fuel supply is finite means that nuclear generated electricity CANNOT in any way, shape or form be considered sustainable.

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