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Nuclear Power Stations: Leukaemia

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the incidence of leukaemia in children aged under five years living within a five kilometre radius of a nuclear site. (314904)

[holding answer 2 February 2010]: We are currently consulting on my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s proposed decisions that two new nuclear power station designs, the AP1000 and the European pressurised reactor, are justified under the terms of the Justification of Practices Involving Ionising Radiation Regulations 2004.

Chapter 3 of the proposed decision documents sets out what account my right hon. Friend has taken of recent studies on the impact of radiation on human health in coming to his proposed decisions.

Copies of the consultation documents have been placed in the Library of the House and are available at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/reg_just_cons/reg_just_cons.aspx