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Statement from DECC - Chris Huhne on nuclear safety

14 March 2011

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne says it is essential that we in the UK understand the full facts of the nuclear and hazardous area implications from recent events in Japan

Mr. 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 co-operation 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.”

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