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Nuclear fallout: ICE must remain impartial

Letters to the editor

We are surprised and concerned to learn that the lobbying organisation Supporters of Nuclear Energy has been allowed the use of the ICE premises and secretarial services and is using the Institution as its address for public purposes (NCE 11 February).

Nuclear power has many problems and we are aware that the Institution's members hold a wide variety of opinions on the subject. We have no objection to bona fide professional organisations such as the British Nuclear Energy Society being allowed to use Institution premises for meetings and discussions on matters of professional and technical interest.

However, SONE is not a technical or professional body and appears to be simply a lobby group which exists to promote the use of nuclear power.

We believe that it is wrong for the Institution to have become involved with the pro-nuclear power lobby in this way and feel that this affair reflects very badly on the Institution's reputation for independence and impartiality.

We urge ICE Council to terminate the Institution's arrangement with SONE at the earliest possible opportunity.

Professor R Butterfield (M), Professor JB Burland (F), Professor W Cranston (F), SW Garrity (M), Professor TH Hannah (F), Professor MR Horne (F), Dr. ADM Penman (F), Professor W Powrie (M), Professor D Sugden (M), Professor MW Thring

R.Butterfield@soton.ac.uk

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