“It is with pride that I now open Calder Hall, Britain’s first atomic power station,” declared Her Majesty. She then pulled a lever, propelling the UK into the nuclear age.
It was an historic moment – one which set this country on a controversial path that was strewn with dangers.
As the years rolled by, Sellafield and the rest of the UK’s nuclear industry steadily added to the stockpile of radioactive waste, the legacy of power plants like Calder Hall and the fuel reprocessing operations that followed.
It’s a legacy that continues to divide opinion.
The problem is simple: nuclear power generation and fuel recycling has generated a vast amount of dangerous radioactive waste, much of it potentially deadly.
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