The UK’s inability to import radio-isotopes for cancer therapy is just the latest outcome of the UK’s decision to leave EURATOM to hit the headlines, writes Pete Roche. It may also put a brake on the UK’s plans to build new nuclear plants, and import and export nuclear fuel and wastes. The UK’s exit from the treaty, as a strongly pro-nuclear state, could also mark an EU-wide anti-nuclear swing.
Ecologist 24th Feb 2017 read more »
With Brexit the U.K. will pull out of the little-known European Atomic Energy Community and with that come some unintended consequences. Experts say it could threaten everything from cancer treatments to the integrity of nuclear power plants. Yet Euratom bears a lot of responsibility, governing everything from the transport of radioactive materials to access to parts for nuclear reactors. The danger in a speedy divorce where details fall by the wayside could have far-reaching effects. The imports of parts for existing and planned new nuclear reactors, as well as access to the fuel needed for Electricite de France’s planned new plant at Hinkley Point in southwest England, are also at risk.
Bloomberg 23rd Feb 2017 read more »