Sellafield – the controversial site long opposed in Ireland because of health and security scares - has been chosen as one of the homes of a new generation of British nuclear plants
In the first major announcement on the future of nuclear in the UK since the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the London government has outlined eight locations.
They sites are: Sellafield, Cumbria, Bradwell, Essex; Hartlepool; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, South Gloucestershire; Sizewell, Suffolk; and Wylfa, Anglesey.
The plans for new nuclear power plants are part of a series of national policy statements on energy which were published today, following a public consultation.
They will be debated and voted on in British Parliament, but ministers are hopeful that, with a pro-nuclear majority in the Commons, they will win the argument.
Nuclear power is one of the issues that divided Conservatives and Liberal Democrats when they entered Government together, with the coalition deal allowing a Lib Dem spokesman to speak out against any new nuclear plants, while Lib Dem MPs could abstain on the issue.