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Huhne to push on with nuclear.

Byline: SAM LISTER

ANTI-NUCLEAR Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has said "a deal is a deal" and he will push ahead with new nuclear build despite his opposition to the energy source.

He was being grilled in the Commons by Labour's Ynys Mn MP Albert Owen, whose constituency includes Wylfa power station, to "take some leadership" over nuclear.

The Anglesey site was on course to be home to the first of the next generation of power stations but the change of government has led to uncertainty in the industry.

Mr Owen said: "I have a power station in my area that is applying for an extension and which would be good for the local economy but also energy security and the low carbon energy agenda. Surely you should take some leadership and say it is our intention as a country to produce safe nuclear power for as long as possible?" Giving evidence to the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, Mr Huhne said the coalition deal states new nuclear will go ahead but with no public subsidy.

He added: "I have made it very clear that a deal is a deal and my job as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate change is to deliver on that deal.

"I think on specific issues of extending life of existing power stations, the incentives are very clear for British Energy and if they want to, I do not think there will be any push back, and they should make applications in the normal way."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 16, 2010
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