Security at nuclear power stations is under threat thanks to Government police cuts, Labour warns. The Tories are axing 200 frontline staff from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary this Parliament.This amounts to a 16 per cent cut in numbers, the Sunday People reports. Such officers guard plants like Sellafield, Dungeness, Sizewell B and Hartlepool.
The cost for the French nuclear waste repository project, or Cigéo,could range from €20bn ($22bn) to €30bn ($32bn) depending on assumptions made about technological progress or potential “project optimisations”, Andra, the French agency managing the project, said in a statement. The assessment of these costs is a delicate exercise because it requires making assumptions on labour costs, taxation, materials or energy for over 100 years, Andra said. The country’s main nuclear waste producers – EDF, Areva and the French alternative and atomic energy commission (CEA) – said yesterday they would suggest a cost estimate of €20bn for the project. Earlier yesterday French nuclear regulator ASN called for an imperative and urgent update of the cost estimate for Cigéo. ASN said the previous estimate of between €13.5bn €16.5bn dates from 2005 and contains assumptions that are “too optimistic” and “not in compliance with the requirement of necessary caution to such an assessment”.