May 21, 2013
the late environmentalist, author, & philosopher
What about disposal of nuclear waste?
Plus the costs of liability should there be an accident -
“Nuclear third party liabilities to be increased sevenfold” http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_036/pn12_036.aspx
which may have something to do with the recent withdrawal of foreign investors from the UK’s nuclear programme -
The other big cost is decommissioning. This final stage can be exceedingly costly, in the billions of euros per reactor. And as France’s reactors age France is going to have to either pay these costs, or extend their lifetimes until the whole fleet of 50 or so reactors becomes unsafe in the extreme. With the shortage of capital in the current economic doldrums and France’s sovereign debt down-grading there can be little doubt which option they will choose unless democratic pressure becomes overwhelming!
A nuclear reactor contains tons of very slightly radioactive material. The best option is to leave it as it is for many years, letting the radioactive decay do the work.
Also, old reactors are NOT more dangerous.
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