Nirex: lessons from the last chance saloon

Four years ago, the collapse of its plans to develop a radioactive waste repository left Nirex a discredited organisation under threat of disbandment. The company has attempted to shake off the failure by introducing a culture of transparency and investigating allegations of past misconduct. It is also seeking to develop new ways of engaging with people's values and the wider social agenda in a bid to understand the ethical dimensions of radioactive waste management. However, if any progress is to be made in developing a credible solution to the nuclear waste problem, the Government may have to ensure that Nirex or a successor can operate independently of the nuclear industry.

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