As two Welsh Councils consider putting their names forward to host a nuclear fusion reactor, NFLA raises with them concerns over this technology. In recent weeks, councillors from the Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire County Council have shown public interest in potentially putting a site forward to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to host an experimental nuclear fusion reactor. Other Councils are also interested in putting sites forward, particularly those with existing nuclear sites. NFLA have contacted these and other councillors providing detailed information on why Councils should not put any sites forward. NFLA is not surprised councils are interested, given both money and jobs are being suggested, at a time when councils are under a great deal of financial stress after years of austerity and the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UKAEA are seeking to develop a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Programme (STEP), and it has been provided with £200 million of initial funding from the UK Government. The UKAEA letter to councils suggested ‘billions’ of pounds will be invested in the project with an aim to help deliver nuclear fusion in the 2040s or 2050s.
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