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Monster debate

In response to 'Green Monster?' (NCE 17 January), I found it puzzling that a nuclear power analysis was based almost entirely on cost and would like to bring up some additional issues

- Nuclear arms are the by-product of nuclear power production. The more nuclear material the world produces, the more and wider spread of nuclear weapons. Dangerous in a politically unstable world – not to mention more targets for extremists.

- There is no government strategy for long-term disposal of nuclear waste. Temporarily storing the waste for future generations to handle is hardly responsible.

- Safe production and waste disposal is expensive. Cover-up records suggest reasons for distrusting nuclear power providers –would they improve in our competition-obsessed society?

- I am certain the electricity cost comparison included neither the £70bn decommissioning and waste disposal bill for present power stations nor the cost of state insurance.

- Known reserve is 50 years supply of high-grade uranium at present consumption. Energy cost estimates of low-grade ore range from 2.9% to 500% of the energy of the fuel extracted. This needs investigation.

We engineers have a responsibility to take ethics and environment as seriously as technology. I welcome a rich debate.


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