Currie explores the nuclear option

Former head of EU Commission environment department takes position at BNFL

Jim Currie, former administrative chief of the European Commission's environment department, has become a non-executive director of controversial UK nuclear services firm BNFL. Environmentalists say the news confirms their belief that Mr Currie was "too close" to industry to have wielded such responsibility over EU environmental policies.

Mr Currie left the Commission last October after a long career with the institution, the last four years of which as head of the environment directorate. Before his departure there were rumours, subsequently proved untrue, that he would join oil firm BP. He already has another non-executive directorship with a Scottish bank (EED 24/01/02).

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