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POWER station bosses have welcomed moves to investigate safety implications of the Japanese earthquake.

Hartlepool Power Station chiefs welcomed calls for a report on the implications of the events in Japan “to ensure lessons are learned”.

It comes as North East Member of European Parliament (MEP) Fiona Hall calls for the suspension of any plans to build new nuclear power stations, including one at Hartlepool, to allow for urgent public debate on safety issues.

Liberal Democrat energy spokeswoman Ms Hall has written to energy minister Chris Huhne asking for plans for further nuclear developments to be put on hold following the safety failures at the Fukushima plant in Japan. She said: “The key issue at Fukushima is not the earthquake, but the failure of back-up systems during the emergency shutdown.

“With Hartlepool on the list of sites the Government is considering for future nuclear development, this is a very important issue for the region.

“I am particularly concerned that there has been too narrow an approach to nuclear safety .”

A spokesman for EDF Energy, which runs Hartlepool Power Station, said: “On nuclear, we welcome the fact the UK Government has asked the safety regulator to report on the implications of the events in Japan.

“We are happy to support this work in whatever it can to ensure lessons are learned.”

“Although we have no reason to expect a similar scale of seismic activity in the UK, all EDF Energy’s nuclear power stations are protected against the effects of seismic events.”

Today we ask Mail readers: Should plans for new nuclear power stations in Britain be put on hold after the Japan earthquake disaster?