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Energy experts call for a 'clear and robust' nuclear waste plan

The government was yesterday warned not to go ahead with new nuclear power until it has devised a 'clear and robust' plan for waste treatment and decommissioning.
World energy experts told the government it needed to 'clarify the UK position regarding nuclear energy and, if applicable, establish a legal and regulatory framework for potential investors to assess the short and long term risks and benifits.'The International Energy Agency (IEA) also said Britain could learn from other countries renewables strategies and achieve the same level of success it does now for less cost then the present Renewables Obligations Certificate system.The comments came in the Energy Policies of IEA Countries - UK 2007 Review published by the IEA yesterday. Clearer definition of the government's role in research and development was called for to improve the oversight of public and privately funded research, enable more cost effective programmes and avoid overlap.On fossil fuels the agency said the government needs to increase its resources to provide reports on the crude oil and natural gas sectors 'particularly on the likely future production, to provide the best possible signal to investors' as the UK moves to increase its dependence on the energy source.

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