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Greenpeace Sues Chris Huhne For Ignoring Fukishima Nuclear Lessons

Greenpeace said it sued the U.K. and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in London for “unlawfully” ignoring the Fukushima nuclear disaster in planning new reactors.

“The secretary of state unlawfully chose to press ahead with his plans for new nuclear reactors at eight sites in England and Wales without waiting to take into account relevant considerations arising from the Fukushima disaster,” the U.K. branch of the environmental group said in a statement today.

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was battered by a March tsunami, causing the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. Huhne said in July the U.K.’s overhaul of electricity markets will retard rising energy bills while spurring investment in lower-emitting technologies.

Greenpeace asked a judge to review the government’s decisions in planning new reactors.

A call to Huhne’s office after regular business hours went unanswered.

Bloomberg, 26 August 2011