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Another Man's Poison: Risk Management and
Nuclear Power Generation
EPRG Working Paper EPRG 0912
John Ash
The issue of whether to include nuclear power as a source of energy in the UK has
been a bitterly fought debate, resurrected to prominence by a combination of
government commitments to climate change and a projected shortfall in electricity
supply as existing generating stations approach closure. The government has
announced its intention to permit nuclear power stations as part of the mix of
electricity sources it views as necessary to ensure a secure supply. However,
arguments concerning the desirability and necessity of constructing a new fleet of
civil power nuclear reactors are certain to continue and opponents may yet thwart
investment in new equipment. In addition, despite a government intention to hasten
the planning process, significant decisions involving the public remain to be made,
particularly regarding the location of nuclear facilities.
The findings of this research indicate that the broader decision process concerning
electricity production is conditioned largely by risk, and that it is enacted by a
network of actors. The network consists essentially of a number of individuals with


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


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