Sadnicki, Fred Barker, Gordon MacKeron, "THORP: The Case for Contract
Renegotiation", commissioned by Friends of the Earth, June 1999, 145
p., £ 10
This will be a tough nut to crack for the plutonium industry. The report
the three well known authors examines the case by for renegotiating
the contracts between the British reprocessing company BNFL for its
THORP plant, and German and Japanese utilities and adopting an alternative
approach to spent fuel management based on interim storage and direct
disposal. As Patrick Green, Friends of the Earth's Senior Energy, Nuclear
and Climate Campaigner, pointed out: "FOE's purpose in commissioning
the report was not to simply repeat the environmental case against reprocessing.
Instead, it was to critically assess whether these contractual commitments
are, on economic or environmental grounds, still worth fulfilling."
The results show considerable future costs savings arising from the
ending of reprocessing by the end of 1999: ranging from
- £440 million to £526 million for German contracts and
- £209 million to £571 million for Japanese contracts.
Fresh fuel for the debate over the phase-out of spent fuel reprocessing.
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