A Government inquiry has been launched into the contracts issued by the tax payer funded Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to close down and clean up the UK's original Magnox nuclear power stations, including Sizewell A.
Former National Grid chief Steve Holliday has been appointed to find out what went wrong with the contract given to two American companies for a 14 year deal worth £6.1 bn. This was quickly called in, court cases loomed, and a settlement costing taxpayers over £100m was made to end the contracts and keep the parties out of court.
The public version is that contracting terms and methodology were what went wrong, but it invites questions about what sort of job was done.
Sizewell A was only recently finally decommissioned - with flying colours if the version at the time is to be believed.
We note the inquiry ordered by the Government is, of course, private, but a Parliamentary Committee will get the report.
The two US firms will carry on working for another two years (Guardian 27.3.17) but other media say they - one UK, one USA company - could be re-awarded the contract since no-one else is qualified.