Sue Ferns: As the union that represents specialists in the nuclear industry – from regulation to research – we endorse the points made in Tom Greatrex’s letter (January 31), but the government has just made this unnecessarily more difficult. The untimely decision to leave the European atomic energy community will also have an economic impact. For example, the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the fusion research arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority) signed 283m euros contract in 2014 for running the Joint European Torus facility until 2018, with similar contracts expected in the future. This accounts for more than a quarter of the overall European Fusion Programme budget over the same period – a budget funded in part by the Euratom Horizon 2020 programme. The UKAEA also brings Euratom money directly to the region and UK industry by winning ITER (global fusion project) contracts. The movement of fissile material through Europe will also be significantly affected by the absence of a Euratom agreement. This, in turn, will affect badly needed nuclear new build projects.
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