The Cumbria County Council in the U.K. has voted against hosting an underground repository for used nuclear fuel. "I am confident that the program to manage radioactive waste safely will ultimately be successful, and that the decisions made in Cumbria today will not undermine prospects for new nuclear power stations," U.K. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said in response. Several firms, including Electricite de France, Hitachi and Iberdrola, are seeking to build new reactors in the U.K.

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