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In the papers - Wednesday 30 January 2008

The estimated cost of decommissioning the UK's nuclear power plants had risen by almost a third to £73bn in the past five years, and could rise further, the National Audit Office warned yesterday...

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office said the cost of decommissioning sites over their remaining lifetimes was currently £17bn more than the government's estimate in 2003 – Financial Times

The Chinese government has launched an ambitious plan to build 97 regional airports by 2020 at an estimated cost of $62.5bn in an attempt to meet soaring domestic passenger and cargo demand. The cabinet has approved the plan in recent days, stipulating that 45 of the new airports are to be finished by the end of 2010 - The Independent

Emergency plans to build three "super-prisons" to hold soaring numbers of inmates could backfire by deepening the crisis facing jails, the prisons watchdog fears. Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, says the penal system, which already holds more than 80,700 people, is struggling to cope with the pressures it faces and she even raises the prospect of financial cut-backs leading to riots - The Independent

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