The three new nuclear reactors Cumbria has been promised are now in doubt. Could the county and its economy cope without them? Ever since Calder Hall power station opened in 1956, nuclear energy has been part of the furniture in Cumbria, as much a part of our county as lakes, mountains, daffodils and Hadrian’s Wall. For six decades it’s been providing energy for civilian use – heating and lighting our homes – and not just for nuclear weapons. And it’s been a source of thousands of mostly quite well-paid jobs. Yet it’s never been without its risks, controversies and difficulties, not to mention its image problems. And its latest difficulties could be putting thousands of hoped-for jobs and millions of pounds of expected investment in jeopardy.
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