The UK's next generation of nuclear power stations will learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure future generations are able to get cheap energy and not pay extra to cover waste costs.
This is according to energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey, who said taxpayers are currently picking up the bill for expenses associated with decommissioning old plants, a cost that was never considered when they were being built.
Mr Davey said: "This kind of short-sightedness cannot and will not be allowed to happen again. We will not place a costly new millstone around the neck of future generations."
He went on to stress the important role that nuclear energy will play in helping deliver cheap electricity in the future, as it is a secure, low-carbon option that will be used as part of a balanced mix of sources.
Last month, prime minister David Cameron signed an agreement with French president Nicolas Sarkozy that will see the two countries work together to develop new nuclear plants in the UK.
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