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Chris Huhne responds to UK concerns about nuclear safety

14 March 2011

Responding to the question of nuclear safety in the wake of events in North East Japan over the weekend, Energy and Climate Change secretary Chris Huhne said: “We take this incident extremely seriously even though there is no reason to expect a similar scale of seismic activity in the UK. I have called on the Chief Nuclear Inspector, Dr. Mike Weightman for a thorough report on the implications of the situation in Japan and the lessons to be learned.

"This will be prepared in close cooperation internationally with other nuclear regulators. It is essential that we understand the full facts and their implications, both for existing nuclear reactors and any new programme, as safety is always our number one concern.”

Nuclear power generation is high on the government's agenda and forms part of its strategy to reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions.

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