NOT many people want a nuclear power station in their backyard, but that’s the prospect facing communities on both sides of the Atlantic as governments weigh up where to build a new wave of reactors.
In the US, where more than 30 reactors are up for approval, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already given the green light to sites in Clinton, Illinois, and GrandGulf, Mississippi.
Now a UK government report released on Wednesday alongside an energy policy paper is offering the first clues to where some of the 10 planned plants might be built.
Existing sites at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk are best suited for the £1.2 billion reactors because of their good connections to the electricity grid, the report says.
Bradwell in Essex and Dungeness in Kent are also possibilities.
These coastal sites, which are all in southern England, may require flood defences because of the threat of rising sea levels due to climate change, says the report’s author Ian Jackson, an independent nuclear consultant.