Fifty seven breaches in safety have occurred at British nuclear plants since 1997. In the last year there were three such breaches at the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, including the large leak of highly radioactive nuclear fuel which forced the closure of the Thorp reprocessing plant.
The figures were released by energy minister, Malcolm Wicks, in response to a parliamentary question.
Tony Blair has suggested new nuclear plants should be built on existing sites.
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