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Jeremy Hunt wants nuclear power classed as ‘sustainable’: is it?

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Jeremy Hunt has kickstarted a fresh push into nuclear power, which he hopes will provide a quarter of Britain’s electricity by 2050.

In his budget speech, the chancellor announced a competition to co-fund small nuclear plants and hopes a new delivery body, Great British Nuclear, will ease the creation of nuclear projects.

He also launched a consultation to classify nuclear as “environmentally sustainable”. But is it?Hunt follows in the footsteps of the former prime minister Boris Johnson in making bold statements on the importance of nuclear.

Britain’s nuclear power stations date back to the 1950s and are now ageing, with just one, Sizewell B, still scheduled to be running after 2028.

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