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New potential nuclear sites named

Charles Barnett

Charles Barnett says the decision has "fast-tracked the planning law"

The government has named Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex among 11 sites in England and Wales where new nuclear power stations could be built.

The sites have been nominated by companies interested in building the stations and have been initially approved by the government.

Charles Barnett, chairman of the Shutdown Sizewell Campaign, said the plans would be resisted.

The public now has one month to comment on the proposals.

The government wants the first reactors operational by 2018.

'Heightened risk'

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said nuclear power had the potenial to offer jobs and multi-million pound opportunities to businesses.

He said: "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.

"Nuclear power is part of the low carbon future for Britain."

However, Mr Barnett said the focus should be on wind, waves, solar and biomass as alternatives.

He said: "The government is going down the wrong path in proposing that we should have more nuclear power stations.

"They are not safe. With the heightened risk of terrorism, it's fool-hardy to build more.

"They are very expensive and they leave a legacy of dangerous waste."

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