Leading pro-nuclear academic Sir David King was due tomorrow (March 15) to unveil his report into the future possibilities of nuclear power for the UK.

However, an earthquake and tidal wave has severely damaged at least one nuclear power station and caused problems for several others in Japan.

Sir David, who is director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, was due to reveal his report ‘A low carbon nuclear future’.

He was due to be joined by leading political and industrial figures when he discussed the economic assessment of nuclear materials and spent nuclear fuel management in the UK.

The report was written because Sir David believes the UK nuclear industry is undergoing a ‘resurgence’ in the civil sector.

Sir David was also due to argue for the ‘urgent need’ to develop a new long term strategic nuclear plan which encompasses new build and legacy issues.

A spokesman for the university said the launch was being put back and would be rescheduled.

Read my views on how this impacts nuclear debate in my blog.

Luke Walsh

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