The public consultation for the UK’s latest nuclear power station should be suspended until the government provides a “rigorous justification for nuclear power”, leading academics have claimed. Professor Andrew Stirling and Dr Philip Johnstone of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School have criticised the “restrictive nature” of the consultation’s scope which they argue “excludes crucial underlying questions over the rationale for building more nuclear power stations in the UK”. In their submission to the consultation process, they claim that the Bradwell B plans are “deeply flawed and should be suspended”. Stirling said: “It is indefensible that the remit for this consultation excludes the possibility of questioning the strategic case for nuclear power when compared with other low carbon energy options. “The justification given for this exclusion is that the issues are adequately dealt with by national policymaking processes. But this is manifestly false. Key official bodies like the National Audit Office and the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee have each gone out of their way strongly to criticise the government for failing for so long, to publish duly rigorous justification for nuclear policy.” Johnstone added: “The last full UK Energy White Paper not successfully challenged by judicial review was published in 2003 and even then found that nuclear power presents an unattractive option for the UK.
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