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Council is backing nuclear future
Cumbria County Council is backing the government's "preliminary view" that new nuclear power plants should be built in the UK.

The authority took the decision as part of a nationwide consultation on the future of the country's energy supply.

Council leaders believe nuclear power has a role to play alongside other kinds of energy, including wind power.

The government said new power stations would cut carbon emissions and reliance on oil and gas imports.

Councillor Tony Markley, cabinet member responsible for economic development and regeneration, said: "Obviously nuclear power poses a number of issues but this decision represents a major benchmark for the county council.

"The issue of the safe and secure disposal of the existing waste legacy needs to be addressed, but we have given the government clear advice on how to handle this.

"We have now opened the door to nuclear power playing a major role in the Cumbrian economy of the future."

The government's Energy White Paper on the future of power supplies in the UK, which was published in May, also backs renewable energy and efficiency measures.

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