October 6, 2014 | Pippa

I think nuclear energy is essential for powering the UK, now and in the future.

But the country's nuclear power plants are reaching the end of their intended life, and this is causing problems. Hunterston B power plant is developing cracks in its core. They don't pose any danger yet, but they indicate the reactor will have to be shut down sooner than its operator had hoped.

I hope we get new nuclear power plants soon - before the current batch become unsafe.

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The cracks have formed in the graphite fuel bricks, a part of the reactor's core that can't be replaced.

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Light Burn

November 6, 2014 at 11:00

Nuclear is the best source of energy it produces a tone more power then fossil fuels for a lot less substance i fingertip of uranium is as powerful as 100'000 oil barrels and produces no CO2 and barely any waste for the amount of power and they can easily contain the waste with no leakage and scientists now know how to make nuclear power stations physically impossible to melt down so its not even dangerous and they waste that is created can be used for energy in the future by making cold fusion power plants nuclear is the only way i can see to stop climate change.

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