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Fast-track approval for the United Kingdom nuclear plants

Telegraph logo 16 July 2008

Eight new nuclear power stations are to built throughout England aided by new planning laws that will enable these projects to be fast-tracked. Well, what can we say, they are getting there and this should help the United Kingdom to get to the construction stage a little faster than the normal process would allow. The planning process for another runway at Heathrow took six years to unfold and heaven only knows how much it must have cost all concerned.

The Government has previously stated that it was committed to building a new generation of nuclear power stations as the existing facilities are due to be de-commissioned and demolished.

However, not all are in favour as a spokesperson for Greenpeace, Jean McSorley, said:

"If there is a list that has already been signed off on for sites for new-build nuclear power stations then it makes a complete mockery of the Government's consultation on siting. It calls into question the legality of the whole process.”

This is not an open and shut case as we can see and there is more opposition from The Scottish Executive who have blocked any of the new nuclear stations being built north of the border. So just how do they intend to keep the Scottish people warm then? The ‘not in my back yard’ thank you is really quite a selfish attitude. Why should other people have to provide the land and the infrastructure for these power plants to supply Scotland with electricity without the Scots themselves taking some sort of responsibility for the location and operation of these plants?

As the Prime Minister, Mr Brown said:

"When North Sea oil runs down, both oil and gas, people will want to know whether we have made sure that we've got the balance right between external dependence on energy and our ability to generate our own energy within our country."

You have to admit that he does have a point, however also remember that the Government went to court last year accused of failing to carry out a proper consultation on nuclear plans before they were announced and lost!

This article was carried by the Telegraph to read it in full please click this link.

Have a good one.

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