What will be the total cost of nuclear waste?
We won't know until the final bill has been totted up in thousands of years. EdF won't take on that liability. EdF and the UK government are planning to dump it onto future generations.
| "if anybody, including BNFL were given a choice about whether to start building a large oxide reprocessing plant now, the answer would almost certainly be in the negative. THORP may be a marvel of modern engineering, but it is a marvel designed in a period of unreserved optimism about nuclear power that has now passed "
[Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry]
In January 2008 Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, and Northavon MP, Steve Webb said: "The price of dealing with existing nuclear waste has leapt by a staggering £17 billion in the last four years alone. Suggestions that costs may soar even further in the future are very disturbing.
"Since no one seems to know what the final cost for decommissioning will be, how can the Government promise that taxpayers will not end up bailing out the private sector?
"How much is it going to cost our children to clean up the mess left by the new generation of nuclear power stations being planned by this Government?"
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