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How times change! Nearly four and a half years ago the NCE 500 reported that 60% of the engineers said 'No' to nuclear power. Now the fi gure has fallen to 24% (NCE last week).

Is it not extraordinary how the threats of a looming crisis in the electricity supply industry leading to power cuts and blackouts influences people - even we engineers!

Even the energy board appears at long last to be jumping off the fence it has been sitting on for many years in regard to the now extremely urgent and obvious demand for a massive nuclear programme.

Its predecessor warned as long ago as 1992 of the dangers of a huge 'dash for gas' but their warnings went unheeded by government.

Sadly, it is apparent that the heavy electrical/mechanical manufacturing and installation industry required of new large scale generation plant is now almost non-existent in the UK - to say nothing of the skilled, experienced people needed.

JC Joel (F), Pen Y Geulan, Wern Y Wylan, Llanddona, Beaumaris, Anglesey

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