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Nuclear Decommissioining Costs Spiral

 The cost of decommissioning nuclear power stations is “spiralling out of control” after an official admission that an estimate of £73billion was set to rise. The figure, published in January, was an increase of £12billion on the previous estimate made in 2003, but a senior official at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said that he believed the cost would continue to escalate.

Director Jim Morse said: “I think itÂ’s a high probability that in the short term it will undoubtedly go up. We've still a lot to discover. We haven't started waste retrieval in those parts of the estate where the degradation and radioactive decay has been at its greatest." 

He estimated that the extra cost would run into billions but admitted that he could not be sure how much the total would be. "No-one's done this before," he added. 
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Friends of the Earth nuclear campaigner Neil Crumpton said: “Nuclear and fossil fuel power generation pose an enormous threat to the environment – and their cost to the economy is spiralling out of control.

“The UK Government must come forward with a comprehensive programme of action to cut energy waste and exploit the UK’s considerable potential for generating renewable power from wind, waves and the sun.

“The Government must seize the opportunity to make the UK a world leader in developing a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy – and create a safer and cleaner future for us all.”

The cost of decommissioning nuclear power stations is “spiralling out of control” after an official admission that an estimate of £73billion was set to rise. The figure, published in January, was an increase of £12billion on the previous estimate made in 2003, but a senior official at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said that he believed the cost would continue to escalate.

Director Jim Morse said: “I think itÂ’s a high probability that in the short term it will undoubtedly go up We've still a lot to discover. We haven't started waste retrieval in those parts of the estate where the degradation and radioactive decay has been at its greatest." 

He estimated that the extra cost would run into billions but admitted that he could not be sure how much the total would be. "No-one's done this before," he added. 

Friends of the Earth nuclear campaigner Neil Crumpton said: “Nuclear and fossil fuel power generation pose an enormous threat to the environment – and their cost to the economy is spiralling out of control.

“The UK Government must come forward with a comprehensive programme of action to cut energy waste and exploit the UK’s considerable potential for generating renewable power from wind, waves and the sun.

“The Government must seize the opportunity to make the UK a world leader in developing a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy – and create a safer and cleaner future for us all.”

Ben Ayliffe, head of Greenpeace’s nuclear campaign, said: “The Government’s own experts have no idea how much it will cost to clean up nuclear waste. All they can do is guess that the figure will grow by billions of pounds from an already eye-popping £73billion.

“Waste from these new atomic plants would be at least three times as dangerous as the stuff currently sitting in places like Sellafield and once again the taxpayer would be forced to cough up.”

A total of 19 nuclear sites across the country are due to be dismantled in the next 100 years, including Dounreay in Caithness, Chapelcross in Dumfries and Hunterston A in Ayrshire.