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What a waste: dream of free energy turns into

Britain’s nuclear complex at Sellafield is Europe’s biggest single industrial site and home to what was meant to be a huge fuel reprocessing system that would produce power while reducing the legacy of radioactive waste.


It was built amid enthusiasm that atomic power would be “too cheap to meter” and yet, 52 years on, its catalogue of failures has left it with one of the world’s largest stockpiles of plutonium and a bill to the taxpayer of about

Paul Brown, author of Voodoo Economics and the Doomed Nuclear Renaissance, says: “The nuclear dream has turned into an economic and security nightmare for the British taxpayer. The extent of the problems at Sellafield has not been fully explained to the public; nor have the potential knock-on effects for the whole nuclear industry. But research shows the situation is getting rapidly worse.”


Guardian



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