Decommissioning costs and British nuclear policy

MacKerron, Gordon (1991) Decommissioning costs and British nuclear policy. Energy Journal. pp. 13-28. ISSN 0195-6574

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The topic of decommissioning economics is not an isolated activity. As Gordon MacKerron shows in this chapter, decommissioning economics are linked to other, often national considerations. The advanced age of the British reactors, plus the government's desire to privatize the entire electrical utility industry, brought decommissioning to the front of public debate unexpectedly early in Britain. As decommissioning estimates have come under closer attention, they have tended to rise from early estimates. Today, the estimated costs are much higher than in the U.S. So far, the funds for this activity are only paper provisions. It appears that one source of higher costs will be increased regulatory requirements. Thus, nonengineering factors are beginning to affect decommissioning costs, as they have other nuclear costs in Britain and elsewhere. MacKerron concludes that the final costs of decommissioning are likely to be higher than estimated originally.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on Nuclear Decommissioning Economics
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Gordon MacKerron
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:29
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2012 17:40
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