Government proposals to “relieve” the nuclear regulator ONR and clean-up agency NDA from removing so-called low level waste from 17 old nuclear sites have caused a row, and rightly so.
Rubble and buildings will stay on the sites, which will no longer be called “nuclear”. Truth is they don’t know where to put it, have millions of tons of it, and fear taxpayers will kick up at the high costs of “safe” removal.
Sizewell A is supposed to have been cleaned up thoroughly – if that’s even possible – before these new proposals. But the story shows how the wind blows in the nuclear regulatory industry.