Public to be asked about nuclear reactor design

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Members of the public are to be asked for their views on the design of a new nuclear reactor.

EDF Energy and AREVA have announced the plans after submitting an application to the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency to build a reactor in the UK.

The two companies hope that by consulting with the public through their website they can find a way to address any concerns that people may have with nuclear power.

Chief executive of EDF Energy Vincent de Rivaz said: "The company has played a leading role in the debate on how to meet future energy needs and public involvement is important to achieve agreement on the way forward."

EDF Energy is one of four companies currently hoping to build new nuclear power plants in Britain, with GE-Hitachi, Toshiba-Westinghouse and The Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd also publishing their own proposals.

The company supplies gas and electricity to 5.5 million customers across the UK and is a major sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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