Tough choices on energy

From the nuclear lobby's perspective, the timing could scarcely have been worse. A major radioactive leak was discovered at the THORP reprocessing plant days after the Sellafield site was transferred to the new Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (see p 10 ). Long seen by environmentalists as a costly and polluting white elephant, THORP will be shut for several months to come, and serious people are suggesting that it may never reopen.

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