Weightman report - a rushed job before lessons are learned from Fukushima
In response to the publishing today of Mike Weightman's final report into the lessons from the Fukushima tragedy, Louise Hutchins, Greenpeace Senior Energy Campaigner said:
“This looks like a rushed report, before the full implications are known about the Fukushima disaster. It's designed with one objective - to give the green light to a new generation of nuclear power stations, irrespective of the safety, environmental or rising financial costs of those nuclear stations. This is government complacency.
So while our European counterparts like Germany turn their backs on nuclear and are instead driving their economies towards a green sustainable future powered by renewable energy, creating much needed new jobs in the process, our government ploughs on blindly in the face of the economic facts that make nuclear ever more expensive and a bad deal for Britain.”
Notes for editors:
The Government set the deadline for Dr Weightman’s final report significantly ahead of the major international comparable reviews into the implications of Fukushima.
- 31 December - ONR's final report on EU stress tests.
- April 2012 – Independent peer review of the national reports on the EU stress tests
- March 2012- UN action plan on nuclear safety
- August 2012 - The Convention on Nuclear Safety meeting to consider the lessons of Fukushima.