Green energy campaigners are attempting to block new nuclear power stations in the UK by complaining to the European payment that government plans disobey EU competition regulations. Last year, a committee of UK MPs also said that the government was subsidizing nuclear power, in spite of promises that it would not.
Dorte Fouquet of the German legal firm BBH, who drew up the complaint, said that EU energy policy was based on having an open market with a level playing field. Current UK proposals call for the operator to be liable for the first £1bn of cost from any accident. This is about a seven-fold increase on previous levels, but still a long way below the costs of a disaster such as the one that befell the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan last year.