UK Reactors Show The Time And Cost Reality Of Decommissioning

Oldbury unit 1 shut down today. It was the last Magnox graphite moderated reactor still running in the world and the oldest running nuclear reactor in the world. Magnox reactors could be used to produce weapons grade plutonium on top of producing power.  Decommissioning will take 90 years and cost £954million to clean up the site even though no serious accidents ever occurred there.  There are plans to build a new reactor at the site of Oldbury.

There is now, 50 years later, discussion of decommissioning the Windscale pile reactor. Windscale had a core fire that burned for days and was a 5 on the INES scale. There are plans for the Sellafield nuclear site to begin the process of decommissioning  Windscale. A price and timeline have not been provided.

This doesn’t look good for all the nuclear plants ending their life cycles around the world.

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