From: 13 March 2011 11:40 To: Cc

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*With regard to the nuclear events in Japan. I have been watching over the wkend. We need to work together on this and have very strong coordinated messages. There is a risk here that this event could impact on the global industry. We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. - From web searches I can see anti-nuclear people across Europe have wasted no time of blurring this all into Chernobyl and the works. * I am off for a couple of weeks - Flying out to Sri Lanka Monday morning. norning. In my absence to coord with HMG I suggest you use and who you know and also at BIS. - You can work with he is a good egg.

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" We need to get into context - show that the events in Japan - whilst looking dramatic are all part of the safety processes of this 1960s reactor We also need to pull out the additional safety of Gen III. Robert's interviews on Friday where he talked about Gen III meaning what goes on inside the reactor stays inside the reactor should come to the fore. * Should also highlight and show that this is what has happened even with the 1960s reactor in Japan, radiation released has been controlled - the reactor has been protected. *We really need to show the safety of nuclear. We need to quash any stories trying to compare this to Chernobyl - by using the facts to discredit.

We do not want to be on the back foot with this. People at new build sites are likely to be following closely. We should all work together - including with the NIA to be robust. Everything in life is with risk - but the mitigation with nuclear is so high that the
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risk is minimal - as demonstrated in Japan - despite the extraordinary context the plant had gone through. and can work with any messaging that you can supply them on EPR safety etc and inform ministers and our press sections. OND as well involved in local engagement at the nuclear new build sites - which will need separate messaging. We have a METI secondee at BIS if there are any specific Japanese questions. Field through

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Dear III and Good to see you on Friday. Lets pick up once we hear from Horizon * With regard to the nuclear events in Japan. " HMG and Industry need to work closely on this We need to get good robust messages. This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally. I am off for a couple of weeks. In my absence at BIS and and at DECO who you know will be good contacts to work with. We do not want to loose ground to anti-nuclear views * Would be good to get strong lines out on the safety of Gen III - the AP1000 and how it has moved things on from the 1960 technology that we have seen in Japan. * At the same time it is important that we highlight that even the 1960 technology in Japan of these two reactors that the safety systems have worked in protecting the reactor and not resulting in any long-term harmful radiation leak. We need to highlight that radiation that has been released has been done so through controlled venting. The explosion whilst visually dramatic is part of the safety system, the building has protected the reactor. We need to show this as an example of the safety of nuclear and how this is even higher with the AP1000 Gen III If you have lines / messaging work through and and they can get these into the HMG messaging as well as briefs to Ministers. OND can also work on communication to the local communities where new build is proposed in the UK. We need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public - including the NIA.
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Subject: RE: JAPAN

From: Higson Mark (Office for Nuclear Development) Sent 13 March 2011 1008 To: Cc: Higson Mark (Office for Nuclear Development) Subject: JAPAN

Chris Huhne giving interviews from 11.00. Not yet had opportunity to discuss with him. He may stick with current lines (see below). But he might, if pressed, wish to say he is asking Mike Weightman to provide a full assessment of the implications and lessons to be learnt. If he does it would be good if EdF could welcome. Not sure EdF unilaterally asking for a review is wise. Might set off a bidding war CHRIS HUHNE QUOTE: The incident at Fukushima is clearly a very serious matter. It is much too early to say what the impact and implications are. We will be working closely with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and Japan to carefully establish what lessons can be learned. HEADLINE DEFENSIVE Does this mean UK's new build programme Is on hold? No. We shouldn't make snap judgements at this point, but we will need to make sure that we can carefully establish what lessons can be learned. [As appropriate: There are established rules in place which means a new power station has to demonstrate that it is able to withstand all site-specific natural hazards including earthquake, flooding or meteorological conditions.]
Mark Mark Higson Office for Nuclear Development Department of Energy and Climate Change 3 Whitehall Place London SW1A 7AW Office: Mobile:

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MIS(OffIce for Nuclear Development)
Subject: RE: Nuclear Lines - Messaging

@westinghouse.com ] [mallto: From: Sent: 30 March 2011 11:29 To: Cc: Subject: RE: Nuclear Lines - Messaging
Gents,

Any official (or unofficial) comment on Nick Clegg's remarks? They seem both unhelpful and a little
premature.

NUCLEAR: Clegg casts doubt on new UK nuclear plants The Daily Telegraph (Rosa Prince) says that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has cast doubt on the future of nuclear power in Britain by predicting that new reactors could prove too expensive to build as a result of the explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Clegg suggested in a briefing to journalists on a visit to Mexico that a review into existing UK plants would recommend stricter and more costly safety standards. He suggested that energy companies would struggle to raise investment from the private sector for new nuclear plants as a result of Fukushima. The Times (Michael Savage) reports that Clegg insisted there would be no rowing back' from the Coalition agreement that new nuclear plants would only go ahead without state subsidies. Clegg's intervention is likely to anger the Conservatives, who believed they had won the argument over nuclear energy. The Daily Mail (Jason Groves) says that many Liberal Democrats believe Fukushima has given them a fresh chance to block new nuclear plants

From: Sent: 28 March 2011 10:06 To: Cc: Subject: FW: Nuclear Lines - Messaging Morning

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The SoS was referring to the Dungeness B tender back in the early 60s, although the

choice of the word "refused" was possibly not the best. A BWR design, similar to that used in Fukushima, was put forward alongside a PWR and the AGR in an open tender process for Dungeness B back in 1964. After an economic assessment, the AGR design, was chosen as the preferred bidder the rest is history. He was definitely NOT making any reference to GDA or the suspended assessment of the ESBWR.

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MinikOffice for Nuclear Development)
Subject: RE: Invitation to Nuclear Communications Round table - Monday 18th April 11:00 - 14:00

From: Sent: 07 A ril 2011 17:10 To:

'David Mackay' CC: Ha e Her en Office for Nuclear Develo ment

Subject: Invitation to Nuclear Communications Round table - Monday 18th April 11:00 - 14:00 Dear All The Office for Nuclear Development and the Nuclear Industry Association will be holding a round table on Monday 18 th April to discuss a joint communications and engagement strategy aimed at ensuring we maintain confidence among the British public on the safety of nuclear power stations and nuclear new build policy in light of recant events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. We would like to invite you to take part in a discussion on how we can develop a strategy which is owned by both Government and industry that will be fact and science based communicated in the most feasible way to the public. In developing this strategy we want it to be: • • • • Based on factual and scientific evidence; Accessible and understandable to the public; Transparent; Communicated by respected organisations/talking heads.

Areas to be communicated could include issues such as: • Why nuclear is important in mitigating climate change and ensure secure energy supply; • Economics of nuclear; • Nuclear safety and security; • Health effects such as radiation. As well as looking at addressing particular issues we should consider the audiences to whom we focus on eg. local communities of nuclear, women due to concerns over health issues and the investment community. th The meeting will take place from 11:00am — 2:00 pm on Monday 18 April (with lunch provided from about 1pm onwards) at the NIA headquarters:

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22a St James's Square London SW1Y 4JH In order to have a constructive discussion and be able to include a wide range of participants please could I ask you to restrict numbers to one person per organisation. Please could you RSVP to tel: by th April whether you or a delegate will be attending. Wednesday 13 Kind Regards

Office for Nuclear Development Department of Energy and Climate Change

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