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Military secrets of our nuclear power plants | Letters

27.12.2017
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Disturbing links between Britain's nuclear power stations and the military are highlighted by Dr David LowryIn her excellent article on the Hinkley C nuclear plant financial fiasco (The long read, 21 December), Holly Watt mentions the innovative insight of Sussex University academics Prof Andy Stirling and Dr Phil Johnstone, who have identified the central importance of expansion of the skill base of the new nuclear build programme - headed by Hinkley C - for the Trident military nuclear renewal programme. Watt also mentions the first nuclear plant built on the same site, Hinkley A. What is barely acknowledged about this reactor is it was both built and operated to manufacture plutonium for British nuclear warheads, and probably some plutonium it created was sent to the US for use in its military stockpile too.I have dug up considerable evidence that demonstrates this beyond any doubt. The first public hint came with an announcement on 17 June 1958 by the Ministry of Defence, on "the production of plutonium suitable for weapons in the new [nuclear] power stations programme as an insurance against future defence needs". Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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