The ‘scandal’ about the transparency and cost of ‘cleaning up’ Britain’s 12 Magnox nuclear reactors needs to be investigated by business secretary Greg Clark, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Monday 15 August). The union has called on Mr Clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to examine how the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) conducts its affairs, following a recent High Court case. The court ruled that the NDA had failed to treat all bidders the same when it awarded the 2014 contract to clean up the Magnox reactors to Cavendish Fluor Partnership (CFP). The successful High Court challenge came from failed bidder EnergySolutions which is now in line to receive damages running into tens of millions of pounds. Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Unite remains very concerned about the implications of this High Court decision. The court case revealed a can of worms and prompts the question: ‘What is going on?’ “It is clear that the NDA has a number of serious questions to answer about the lack of transparency in the awarding of the contract to CFP and in relation to the rapidly escalating costs of the ‘clean up’ contract, the bill for which will have to be picked up, ultimately, by the taxpayer.
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