The only thing really recycled by British Nuclear Fuels is money. Electricity consumers pay subsidies of more than pounds 1bn per year to Nuclear Electric and Scottish Nuclear. They in turn pay grossly inflated sums to BNFL for reprocessing nuclear waste. These then emerge as 'profits' in BNFL's books. Perhaps we should be glad that BNFL is also extracting money from hapless foreigners trapped in binding contracts signed in an era when plutonium was still thought to be useful. But given the cost in nuclear waste, radioactive discharges and spread of plutonium, there is nothing to celebrate.
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