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Nuclear decommissioning costs will be 'open-ended' warn MPs

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A REPORT on nuclear decommissioning published by the Trade and Industry Select Committee has warned that clean-up costs could continue to rise because the full extent of decommissioning work has not been properly accounted for.

In the report, the committee says: 'We are disappointed, but not surprised, that considerable uncertainty still remains in relation to the cost of decommissioning and clean-up.'

With the extent of nuclear work and costs set to increase, civil engineering contractors are in line to benefit from the boom.

The committee's report recommends more 'dividing' of contracts to allow for all the different types of clean-up work at the sites.

The reports says: 'The work will have to be open-ended in cost because it was not known what the contractors would actually find when they started on site.'

It concludes: 'The public civil nuclear liability for waste has risen from £48 billion in 2002, to £56 billion in 2004, to £70.2 billion in 2006. Thus the overall quantif ied costs of £70.2 billion seem to us likely to rise significantly.'