One of the more controversial ways to reduce our fossil fuel consumption would be to increase nuclear power capacity, something the Scottish Government has set its face firmly against. 

Yesterday, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, argued his case in our Agenda forum. 

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Today, however, a reader argues it would be wrong for us to impose more of the cost and risk of decommissioning on future generations.

Gregory Beecroft of Skelmorlie writes: 

"It is not surprising that the chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association advocates construction of more nuclear power stations, but Tom Greatrex fails to address the cost and morality of decommissioning. 

"The Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Review by the UK Government, published last month, states that decommissioning has an expected duration of over 100 years.

"The estimated net present value of the cost of decommissioning current and closed civil nuclear sites and making the waste safe is £232 billion, but with the risk that it could be higher. The 2022/23 Annual Report of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority shows expenditure of £3.759bn in that year. 

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"Nuclear power stations have a working life of just a few decades, a far shorter period than that during which their waste has to be stored safely. Hunterston A was in service from 1964 until 1990 and Hunterston B from 1976 until 2022.

"We have already imposed significant risk and cost on future generations who will have had no benefit from the power stations. It cannot be right to increase this further. 

"The sun may not shine and the wind may not blow, but the tides unceasingly rise and fall. The sea is rarely still. There is significant scope in Scotland to generate electricity without nuclear power."