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40 years of nuclear generation ends at two power stations

Two nuclear power stations were taken out of service on 31 December 2006, marking the end of their 40 year life.
Plant owner, British Nuclear Group, announced this year that Sizewell A and Dungeness A were the latest in the Magnox fleet to be retired, leaving only two of the UK's first generation commercial nuclear power stations operating.Together the two retired power stations represented 2% of the UK's total generation capacity.British Nuclear Group's Reactor Sites Business managing director Mark Morant, said: 'These sites will now enter into the next phase of their operational lives which includes the de-fuelling of the reactors and removing the vast majority of the radiological hazard.'Under the current strategy, the decommissioning period is scheduled to last up to 100 years, ending with the final site clearance and closure.

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