Gordon Brown has given permission for a site in the Thames Corridor to be added to those where it is planned to build new nuclear power stations. He stated that the advice from the International Radiological Protection Committee indicates that nuclear power is totally safe and can be housed near to large centres of population.
Lord Peter Mandleson, in charge of driving forward the government's plans for new nuclear power stations, said "This is great news for environment. Nuclear power is the only safe and cost effective way to reduce our carbon emissions. As well as providing job opportunities in an area where work is desperately needed, the close proximity to large centres of population and businesses will allow the excess heat produced by the power station to be used in combined heat and power applications and reduce still further the area's carbon footprint. The use of the former industrial complex near Thurrock will allow a highly polluted site to be cleared and made use of, removing an eyesore and blot on the local landscape."
A spokesperson from Greenpeace stated "While we are very concerned about the long term effects of radioactivity, we must concentrate all of our efforts in preventing the catastrophic effects of climate change, thus the building of a new nuclear power station in an area subject to flooding and tidal surge is, ironically, the only way to protect our coastline in the short term."
Local people have started a protest group, Thurrock Against New Nuclear. Their spokesperson says that while they do not favour direct action, they are prepared to take any action short of breaking the law to oppose the plans.