The government has rejected claims that a list of sites for new nuclear power stations has already been finalised.
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform dismissed the reports, saying the process was ongoing and there was is pre-determined list of sites.
"We are currently undertaking a strategic siting assessment process which will identify the criteria to assess the suitability of sites and will also identify a list of sites nominated which meet those criteria," the department said.
"The government has set out a clear vision for nuclear new build. Energy companies have been invited to bring forward proposals for new nuclear power stations as part of the solution to the UK's future low carbon energy needs."
The news comes amid claims that the government has already selected sites alongside existing reactors such as Heysham, Hinkley Point and Bradwell.
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