Nuclear knock-backs on UK’s new reactors and old waste (February 2013)


It never rains but it pours in the UK’s nuclear industry. Plans to build new reactors are stalling as yet another company pulls out, and there is still nowhere to store nuclear waste permanently.

The UK has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, compared with 2010 levels. Nuclear reactors supply reliable power with low emissions, so are central to the government’s plans. But this week, energy company Centrica announced it was leaving a consortium, led by EDF Energy, that plans to build four reactors.

It is the latest roadblock for the UK’s new generation of reactors. In March 2012, another group, Horizon Nuclear Power, lost its main investors in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. The group has since found other backers, and the same may happen in this case.

 

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