Opinion Colum Kenny

Sunday 19 November 2017

Colum Kenny: Crisis in Japan exposes nuclear threat closer to home

Britain's lack of adequate storage for nuclear waste is putting us at risk, writes Colum Kenny

EVENTS in Japan are a wake-up call when it comes to the continuing failure of Britain to build a safe long-term dump for its most high-risk energy by-products.

This has nothing to do with being for or against nuclear energy. It has everything to do with the fact that, either way, nuclear waste continues to be stored in undesirable and potentially unstable conditions at Sella- field and elsewhere.

Earlier this month, the Irish Times reported that Professor Philip Watson of NUI Galway and colleagues of his in a pro-nuclear body called Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (BENE) have described as "myth" the argument that disposal of nuclear waste is an unresolved issue. BENE claims that waste disposal is "a political problem and not a technical one". But that makes it no less of a problem, because one of the main political issues is whether or not the public is willing to foot the enormous bill for storing nuclear waste.

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