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Meeting over nuclear reactor plan

Exterior of Dungeness B nuclear power station
Dungeness B will remain open until 2018

The possibility of a new nuclear reactor at Dungeness is being discussed with the Romney Marsh community on the Kent and Sussex border.

British Energy, owner and operator of Dungeness B, has organised a public meeting at Lydd on Wednesday.

It said the meeting was to discuss preparation for a new building, the site selection process across the UK, and recent government consultation.

The plans have already led to a mixed response from local residents.

Some have welcomed the possibility of an economic boost to the area, while others oppose the use of nuclear energy.

Decommissioned sites

British Energy said it was assessing a number of UK sites, including Dungeness.

It said there was "still much work to be done before decisions on siting and technology are made", but it wanted to keep people informed on the process and hear views on the impact of the plans.

A representative from the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will also be at the meeting to explain the government's decision on the future of nuclear power in the UK.

The Dungeness A site started generating electricity into the National Grid in 1965. It ceased generating power in 2006.

The nearby Dungeness B site will stay open until 2018.

It is believed sites of decommissioned stations, including Dungeness A, would be likely to house any new reactors.

Earlier this year, it was thought that Dungeness C may get the go-ahead after the government announced a formal backing of nuclear power to meet the UK's energy needs.

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