LONDON - The British government on Monday approved 10 sites where utilities could build new nuclear power plants to boost the nuclear share in Britain's electricity generation.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said the list includes German utility RWE's plans for Kirksanton, a site in Cumbria, northern England, which currently has no nuclear facilities.

But he rejected EDF Energy's proposal for a new plant at Dungeness in Kent, southern England.

Three other sites, at Kingsnorth, southern England and Owston Ferry and Druridge Bay, both in northeast England, could also be suitable for new nuclear plants after 2025, Miliband added.