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Decommissioning nuclear power stations

Published Sunday, October 1, 1989

This POSTnote summarises the technology involved in decommissioning nuclear power stations and addresses related issues of potential interest to Parliamentarians. POSTnote 5. POST. 1989.

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The anticipated cost of spent fuel management and decommissioning caused the Government to announce in July that Magnox stations would remain under public control, and not become part of the generating plant of National Power, Current plans envisage that it may take over 100 years to complete decommissioning; thus decisions made now will have an impact many years ahead.

This POSTnote summarises the technology involved in decommissioning and addresses related issues of potential interest to Parliamentarians.

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Topics: Energy, Environmental protection, Nuclear power

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