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Opportunity for New Public Consultation on Nuclear

15 February 2007


"We welcome the High Court's decision (on the legal challenge by Greenpeace), as it provides a great opportunity for a much-needed public consultation on nuclear power. As we outlined in our nuclear report, it is absolutely essential that the Government undertakes a comprehensive public engagement programme for its Energy Review.

"The Government needs to listen to people's views about nuclear power in order to develop a truly sustainable energy policy. This is absolutely core to the principle of good governance."

Jonathon Porritt, Chair, Sustainable Development Commission

Notes to Eds

In 2006, the Sustainable Development Commission published a comprehensive review on the role of nuclear power in a low carbon economy. It concluded that there were some advantages to nuclear power, but that these were outweighed by five significant disadvantages.

The Sustainable Development Commission recommended that the Government must undertake a substantive public engagement programme, presided over by independent experts, before deciding on a new energy policy.

To download the SDC report on nuclear power, go to www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/060306.html.

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