IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Faculty of Life Sciences
(University of London)
Department of Environmental Science & Technology
What does it mean to keep the nuclear option open in the UK?
A report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for
the MSc and/or the DIC.
DECLARATION OF OWN WORK
I declare that this thesis
‘What does it mean to keep the nuclear option open in the UK?’
is entirely my own work and that where any material could be construed as the work of
others, it is fully cited and referenced and/or with appropriate acknowledgement given.
Name of student:
Name of supervisor:
Dr. Peter Pearson
This study analyses what is required to keep the nuclear option open in the UK. It
analyses four areas: The Economics of Nuclear Power, Radioactive Waste
Management, the UK skill base and Safety and Security Implications of recent
terrorist events. In each area, those aspects that influence the nuclear option are
outlined and possible policy responses are discussed. A short-term and a long-term
perspective on the nuclear option is considered.
Many people deserve special mentioning at this point. The people at POST provided a
brilliant and stimulating working environment and I am grateful to Gary Kass and Chandrika
Nath for many helpful and insightful discussions throughout the research and valuable
comments on various earlier drafts of this paper.
My supervisor Dr. Peter Pearson was a most helpful source of information throughout the last
four months, for which I am thankful. Generally, I would like to thank everyone at Imperial
College and the MSc Environmental Technology People 2002/2003 for a brilliant year that
did not only bring thoughtful debate but, more importantly, was always fun.