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Decommissioning a nuclear power station

Decommissioning a nuclear power station
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Key Info
  • Decommissioning a nuclear power station
  • Duration: 01:39
  • Dungeness nuclear power station on the Kent coast has produced a significant proportion of the UK's electricity over the past 50 years. Now at the end of its useful life it will be completely dismantled, leaving only a shingle beach which will become a haven for wildlife. Spent fuel rods and other nuclear waste will be sent to Sellafield for disposal, where they will be kept in containers underground designed to withstand earthequkes. This clip was first published on BBC News Online on 4 February 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Electricity - Generation

  • Keywords: national grid, radioactive waste, electricity generation, engineering, technology, renewable, decommissioning, safety, physics
Ideas for use in class
  • A downside of nuclear power is often quoted by students in exams as 'high decommissioning costs'. This explains what is meant by decommissioning and goes some way to explaining why it is so expensive.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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