LONDON: Britain’s High Court ruled on 15 February that a government decision to approve plans to build new nuclear power plants was illegal, because public consultations were flawed.
The top court ruled in favour of environmental group Greenpeace, which accused Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government of failing to carry out “the fullest public consulation” before taking a decision last year.
A judge ruled that the government’s consultation process before making the decision was “seriously flawed” as well as “procedurally unfair,” and granted Greenpeace an order quashing the decision because if was “unlawful.”The ruling is subject to a possible appeal.
Greenpeace had pressed the court to rule that the consultation process leading up to permission being given for new nuclear power station construction work in July last year was legally flawed.
Britain has about a dozen nuclear power stations, most of them built in the 1960s and 1970s, providing about 25 % of the country’s electricity, compared with natural gas which provides about 40 %.
Proponents of new reactors— which emit virtually no carbon dioxide — argue they would help Britain meet its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % of 1990 levels by 2010.