§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to commission a study of the effects of carbon dioxide releases to the atmosphere from sea water boiled off in the cooling of nuclear plants; and what information he presently possesses on the levels of carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere as a result of the nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to waste disposal.
§ Mr. Baldry
No. The amount of carbon dioxide released from sea water used for cooling power stations is negligible in global terms.
I understand that the nuclear industry and environmental analysts are in agreement that the nuclear power fuel cycle is responsible for about 4 per cent. of the carbon dioxide released from conventional coal-fired plant for an equivalent amount of delivered energy.