BBC Street Science 2: Nuclear power

In the second programme of BBC Radio 4’s Street Science series this week,former technical director of British Nuclear Fuels Dr. Sue Lion tried to defend nuclear power to members of an alternative technology centre in West Yorkshire.

There’s a little more controversy with this discussion than with the previous day’s. Lion sticks to a realistic view: that we’ll never have the electrical capacity with wind, water and solar power alone. She also explains that nuclear power is much safer than it used to be. I agree with both these points, but they’re not enough to overcome the group’s concerns about safety and waste.

I’m worried that the UK is already too far behind in their nuclear power planning and it’s going to be too late to catch up before current stations need to be retired.