Letter Cdr John Mcgregor, RN (ret’d): When in 1995 the British pressurised water reactor came online at Sizewell B, I presumed that a number of British power stations would be built. Ins tead, both Conservative and Labour governments have ducked the issue for 30 years, swayed by fears from the anti-nuclear lobby over nuclear waste, which we have been coping with for 60 years, and ministers thinking renewables were the answer. We are now left in the ridiculous situation of having a French-designed reactor, not yet built and financed in part by China. Theresa May is right to demand a pause before making any decision to include China in Hinkley Point. We would be far better off building about 20 power stations powered by small nuclear pressurised water reactors which Rolls-Royce currently makes for the Trident programme.
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