£3bn to clean up MoD nuclear sites

Cleaning up military nuclear sites and equipment in Scotland will cost taxpayers up to £3 billion, official figures have revealed. Full article from the Scotsman.

The bulk of the costs north of the Border will come at the Dounreay nuclear complex in Caithness, where the Royal Navy's nuclear submarine programme has a test reactor and waste disposal facility.

The Ministry of Defence forecasts that decommissioning the two units will cost £2.1 billion.

Decommissioning both retired and active Trident nuclear submarines will take place at the Rosyth dockyard in Fife and at the Devonport yard in Plymouth. The cost of that work will be £837 million, with another £4 million set aside for the "disposal of support equipment which contains depleted uranium".

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