138 Offshore Nuclear Power Stations: putting pressure on the Law of the Sea J.C. Woodliffe Faculty of Law, University of Leicester, UK The indications are that the Chernobyl accident in 1986 has checked only momen- tarily the worldwide advance of nuclear generated electricity as the primary means of satisfying future energy needs. Nuclear power programmes show a steady growth in plant capacity well into the next century.2 A combination of health, safety and environmental factors have made the siting of nuclear power stations a central issue of nuclear planning policy. This is evident from the application made by the Central Electricity Generating Board to construct a pressurized water reac- tor power station, Sizewell B, on the Suffolk coast-the subject of the longest pub- lic enquiry ever conducted in the UK.3 In the course of informing the House of Commons of his decision to consent to the CEGB's application, the Secretary of State for Energy expressed the view that nuclear power will have a substantial role in meeting the future energy needs of the UK.4 The search for suitable land-based sites for nuclear power stations has become an acutely sensitive political issue in many industrialized countries.5 This makes it
International Journal of Estuarine and Coastal Law (in 1993 continued as The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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