Britain to press on with nuclear power: minister

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Britain can continue to use nuclear power to help meet its energy needs, a minister said Tuesday, after a report on the Fukushima disaster found no grounds to restrict the use of reactors here.

Britain's chief nuclear inspector examined the lessons which could be learned for the UK industry from the crisis at the Japanese reactor when it was hit by an earthquake and a subsequent tsunami in March.

Following the publication of interim findings in May, the government signalled that plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants were on track.

The final review published Tuesday found there was no reason to curtail the operation of nuclear sites operating in Britain and there were no fundamental weaknesses in the licensing regime or safety procedures.

"The report makes clear that the UK has one of the best nuclear safety regimes in the world, and that nuclear power can go on powering homes and businesses across the UK, as well as supporting jobs," said Environment minister Chris Huhne.

"We must, however, continue to improve where we can, not just with operating power stations and new sites, but by dealing with our nuclear legacy in a robust and efficient manner too," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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