The UK government’s plan to press ahead with a new generation of nuclear power stations is “misguided”, an Irish environmental campaign group said today.
Friends of the Earth Director Oisín Coghlan said nuclear power is not the solution and “offers too little, too late, at too high a price and too high a risk.”
Under the plan 11 potential sites, including three in Cumbria and one in Anglesea, have been earmarked by companies interested in building the stations.
Britain’s department of energy and climate change said the sites could be operational by 2025 and has now invited members of the public to air their views during a month-long consultation period.
The process called the Strategic Siting Assessment does not guarantee all 11 sites will be built and a further shortlist will be published in 2010.
On its website the department said the government “would take active steps to facilitate the construction of new nuclear power stations”.