Energy: Nuclear Reactors

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Haworth Lord Haworth Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the spent fuel from the next generation of nuclear reactors would be capable of being re-processed, should the need arise, notwithstanding the presumption in the revised draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Generation (EN-6) that there will be a "once through" fuel cycle.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

We have not received any proposals to consider reprocessing spent fuel from the next generation of nuclear reactors but should proposals come forward in the future, they would need to be considered on their merits at the time. In theory there is no reason why spent fuel from the next generation of nuclear reactors would not be capable of being reprocessed. In practice however, the ongoing availability of reprocessing facilities and supporting plant would be a key consideration as would the overall economics of reprocessing such fuel.

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