Building another crazy polluting MOX plant in order to burn plutonium is not viable in any way shape or form, not to mention the fact that the Japanese were the only customers. Unfortunately there are those (including Cumbria Trust leader Eddie Martin) who believe the government lie that burning plutonium will reduce the stockpile. The stockpile would increase as making MOX requires fresh uranium the net result is more plutonium!
On Monday the Public Accounts Committee heard from Mark Higson at the Office for Nuclear Regulation that a new MOX plant would be a huge £liability but they want to go ahead and build one regardless… This is a special kind of insanity especially reserved for all things nuclear.
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Public Accounts Committee
Q152 Chair: Can I ask you a few more questions, which I think will tidy up the other issues that we’ve got to cover?
We have never covered plutonium with you. Is the plutonium an asset or a liability?
Stephen Lovegrove: I will pass to Mark, if I may, but that is a difficult question to answer conclusively and in the long term, outside final decisions about what we are going to be able to do with the plutonium.
Mark Higson: Our currently preferred option for dealing with the plutonium is to build a MOX plant and use the fuel in new-build power stations in the United Kingdom. The value of the fuel will be less than the cost of building and running a plant on current assumptions. On that basis, it will be a liability.
Chair: Say that again?
Mark Higson: The value of the fuel, we would expect to be less than the cost of
operating and building the MOX plant.
Q153 Chair: But you still want to build it?
Mark Higson: Because it is a route for disposing of plutonium and putting it beyond access.
Q154 Chair: My goodness. Just tell us so far, on the MOX plants you have had, how much that has cost us to date? What is the total cost of building and running them—without much success—and now closing and, presumably, having to dismantle them? How much have we spent so far?
Read the whole sorry lot here:
and the MOX lies that Cumbria County Council have bought hook, line and sinker