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Nuclear dustbin blues

Britain has just joined the club of nuclear nations with no coherent plan for nuclear waste disposal, despite two decades of debate and the spending of hundreds of millions of pounds. It is a case study in government avoidance of hard choices

By Tom Wilkie   May 1997

Michael Folger, the chief executive of the nuclear industry’s waste disposal company, UK Nirex, is a man of strong Christian faith. But this Easter, rather than the story of Christ’s Passion, his mind may have been dwelling more on the Psalms. In particular, the warning of psalm 146: “Put not your trust in princes.”

If there is one industry to which the government owes a debt of gratitude, it is nuclear power. It was nuclear power stations that kept the lights on during the miners’ strike. Yet Margaret Thatcher and her successors turned against it. On 17th March, the day…

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