15 Apr 2009 04:04:26
DECC reveals potential sites of UK nuclear stations
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a list of 11 potential sites across the UK that could host nuclear power stations in the future.
After vetting a long list of sites to ensure they were credible, the government body has decided on the following locales, which it claims could be operational by 2025.
EDF Energy nominated sites in Hartlepool, Heysham, Dungeness, Hinkley Point and Sizewell; while German electric power company RWE suggested locations at Kirksanton and Brasystones.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) proposed that facilities could be constructed at Sellafield and Bradwell. It also launched joint nominations at Wylfa and Oldbury with RWE and EON respectively.
Members of the community in those locations will now be given the chance to have their say on the suitability of the sites for nuclear power stations, which could help improve the energy efficiency of the UK's power supply.
Energy secretary Ed Miliband said: "This is another important step towards a new generation of nuclear power stations.
"I want to listen to what people have to say about these nominations and I encourage people to log-on to our website, read the information and let us have their comments."
Last week, the NDA revealed that it is continuing with the auction of land adjacent to existing nuclear sites at Bradwell, Oldbury and Wylfa.http://www.nda.gov.uk/sites/