A UK government report has warned of the risks of the £1.5bn nuclear power plant at Cumbria being shut down, following a vote to leave the EU.
The report said the UK’s nuclear industry was “under threat” and the Government was working with industry and the private sector to ensure the plant was “rebuilt and re-invested in the future”.
The government also warned that the plant could have a “material impact on public health and safety”.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is planning to shut the plant down, with a report due to be published next month.
It is the first of the 27 reactors at the plant to be shut down since the country voted to leave, with the remaining 27 remaining in operation.
The UK was the only EU country to opt out of the nuclear deal, which aims to ensure that no nuclear power plants in the EU come online after 2030.
A DECC spokesman said the plant had been a “very popular” project.
“As a result, the plant is under threat, with more than one-third of the UK electricity supply coming from coal-fired generation and more than half coming from nuclear,” he said.
“It is vital that we take urgent steps to ensure this plant remains viable in the long term.”
The UK voted to exit the European Union (EU) in June.
It has since pledged to invest £10bn in the UK nuclear sector, which it said could see the country generating an extra £200bn in energy by 2030.
However, it has so far pledged to pay £1,500 per customer for their energy and has yet to provide the details of its nuclear plans.
The Government is already reviewing its nuclear strategy, including plans to build a new generation of nuclear reactors.