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Deeply flawed public consultation on Bradwell nuclear power plan: it should be suspended

SPRU 9th July 2020, A public consultation on plans for the UK’s newest nuclear power station
is deeply flawed and should be suspended, according to two leading energy
policy experts. Professor Andrew Stirling and Dr Philip Johnstone say the
consultation into Bradwell B is invalid because the UK government has
repeatedly failed to make the case for nuclear in the face of its
ever-rising costs, slow lead times and poor value-for-money comparison to
renewables.
The academics at the world-renowned Science Policy Research
Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School have criticised the
restrictive nature of the consultation’s scope which they argue excludes
crucial underlying questions over the rationale for building more nuclear
power stations in the UK. Prof Stirling and Dr Johnstone say the
consultation should resume only when the government publish a long-promised
rigorous justification for nuclear power compared to other low carbon
energy sources – something they argue it has failed to do for the past 17
years.

https://www.sussex.ac.uk/news/all?id=52397

July 14, 2020 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, politics, UK

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