Archive for July, 2012

Cost of Decommissioning Nuclear Plants

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Nuclear proponents like to talk about how affordable the power is from nuclear plants. But we all know that someday, we will need to safely decommission the plants, and that is going to cost a lot. After all, it is tricky business dealing with highly toxic materials. You can’t just use a wrecking ball. And it is has never been done before with Candu reactors used in Ontario. We will have to invent a way to safely do it. The Vancouver Sun has published an article that estimates the cost to decommission the Gentilly reactor in Quebec at $1.6 billion.