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UK: People near nuke plants don’t mind new ones: study

LONDON (Reuters) – People living near nuclear power stations in Britain tend to support construction of new plants in their communities, according to findings presented on Tuesday which could ease the government’s plan for new facilities.

But much of the support comes with reservations, making it crucial for the government and energy companies to engage local communities, according to a survey presented to Britain’s Royal Society.

This requires more than the traditional “decide and defend” approach to choosing new locations, said Nick Pidgeon, a psychologist at Cardiff University and Peter Simmons of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, who led the survey.

“The views of people living in these areas is quite complicated and it isn’t as simple as ‘for’ or ‘against,’ Simmons told a news conference. “The way this is done is going to be very important.”

Reuters



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