The former chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has accused the Government of being short-sighted for not investing in NuGen’s Moorside nuclear power station plans. John Clarke, in an interview with our sister business website in-Cumbria – the first since leaving the NDA – described current government policy of expecting private sector companies to take on billions of pounds-worth of risk to pursue nuclear new-build projects as “barking”. Describing NuGen’s demise as a body blow, Mr Clarke said the Government needed to rethink its obsession with letting the market decide and take more control of the country’s energy infrastructure. Anger grew in Cumbria as it emerged the Government was in negotiations with Horizon Nuclear Power, led by Japanese company Hitachi, over taking a £5bn stake in its plans for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey. Mr Clarke said he believed the Government’s inaction was a conscious decision rather than, as many suspected, being distracted by Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May and government spokespeople, meanwhile, constantly dismissed the NuGen saga as a “commercial matter”.
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