UK’s nuclear waste cleanup operation could cost £260bn

Cost of safely clearing waste from ageing power stations is soaring, says Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

The cost of decommissioning the UK’s 20th-century nuclear waste could rise to £260bn as the aged and degrading sites present growing challenges, according to analysis presented to an international group of experts.

As the government pursues nuclear energy with the promise of a new generation of reactors, the cost of safely cleaning up waste from previous generations of power stations is soaring.

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