In April 2009, the then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, included Kirksanton in a list of eleven potential new nuclear power plants. The site was ruled out by the new government's Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in October 2010 with the list of potential sites reduced to eight – Braystones the only other potential new nuclear site was also rejected.
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- "Nuclear power: Eight sites identified for future plants". BBC News. 18 October 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11564152. Retrieved 18 October 2010.