UK nuclear plant survives legal challenge

Authorisation of Mox fuel plant ruled "lawful"; Irish attempts to block operations continue

The London high court today rejected a claim by two environmental groups that the UK government breached EU law by authorising operation of a new mixed-oxide (Mox) nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield. The facility is scheduled to begin production by the end of next month, though Irish efforts to derail it are continuing.

Today's judgement dismisses the case presented by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth (FoE). The NGOs' had argued that the government's decision to allow the plant to open contravened EU rules requiring new nuclear installations to be economically viable. The ruling rejects this, concluding that the government made "no error in law" (EED 28/05/01).

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