UK taxpayers face extra £250m bill for nuclear waste clean-up


  • UK taxpayers face extra £250m bill for nuclear waste clean-up

    Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria. The site's mixed-oxide reprocessing plant, which will shut after Japan decided to end its atomic programme, has cost upwards of £1.2bn so far. Photograph: Brian Harris/Rex Features

    The taxpayer will have to stump up almost £250m more to bail out the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the next financial year after falling asset sales and rising expenditure cut its income by 17.5%.

    The shortfall is revealed in the NDA's just-published draft business plan for 2012-15, which shows the impact of being unable to offload land to the private sector for new nuclear plants and the end of the contracts to supply Japan with mixed-oxide fuel.

    The setback will give more ammunition to environmentalists and other critics who argue that the wider nuclear industry is infamous for cost overruns and calls on public funds.

    Source: guardian.co.uk