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Protest over Cumbria's Moorside nuclear plant consultation

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Image caption The Westinghouse reactor proposed for Moorside is being built at sites across the world

Campaigners have demonstrated at a new nuclear power station in Cumbria as a consultation gets under way.

The 3.4GW facility at Moorside near Sellafield would have three reactors, billed as being able to power up to six million homes.

Developer NuGen, owned by Toshiba and GDF Suez, claimed it would be Europe's largest nuclear development.

Radiation Free Lakeland is asking people to oppose what it has called a "nuclear sacrifice zone".

Founder Marianne Birkby said: "Of course, you can ask questions but the one thing you can't do, within this consultation, is to say 'no'."

The Moorside plant would help support the UK's low carbon and energy security objectives and would create thousands of skilled jobs over the next decade, NuGen said.

Residents have 10 weeks to offer their comments.

A final investment decision on the development is due in 2018 and NuGen hopes the plant will be operational by 2024.

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