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Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to Toshiba’s scrapping of plans to build a nuclear power station in Cumbria.

Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said:

“Nuclear energy isn’t just dirty and dangerous, this announcement shows once again it’s not economically viable.

“Nuclear proponents will say the government should have done more to save the Moorside plant, but this is an industry that already relies on enormous state subsidies at taxpayers’ expense. Only last week we heard about the £121 billion Sellafield clean-up that is over budget and behind schedule. New nuclear plants are expensive to set-up, run, and they leave a legacy of dangerous waste that future generations have to clear up.

“With offshore wind now cheaper than nuclear, it’s clear renewables are the clean and viable alternative. We call on the government to scrap plans for a new generation of nuclear power plants.”