The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today a background briefing and suggested response for English Councils to a UK Atomic Agency (UKAEA) request to consider hosting an experimental nuclear fusion reactor. The UKAEA hopes it may deliver a commercially operating reactor design between 2040 and 2050. NFLA conclude that Councils should decline to take part in this site selection process, planned for the autumn. Vast resources have been spent for over 7 decades trying to make nuclear fusion work at a commercial level. With the UK nuclear industry struggling to get the finance and approval for new nuclear fission reactors at Hinkley Point, Sizewell and Bradwell, as well as advocating for ‘small’ modular nuclear fission reactors, the push for nuclear fusion appears to be another part of the UK Government’s pro-nuclear policy.
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