The risks and impacts of nuclear decommissioning: Stakeholder reflections on the UK nuclear industry

Rika Hirose*, Darren McCauley

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Abstract

Nuclear decommissioning faces significant challenges on technical, financial, social and political grounds, requiring adequate technologies, sound funding, and solutions for management of generated waste, as well as a large and competent workforce. By examining the narratives of decommissioning gathered from experienced individuals, organisations and community leaders involved in the formal process at two different sites in the UK, this paper seeks to elucidate the multiple risks and impacts we are facing on the issues surrounding nuclear decommissioning. It calls for legislation based on clearer definition and transparency, to achieve a framework which is socially, economically, technically and morally defensible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112862
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume164
Early online date5 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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