Magazine article Public Finance

Nuclear Staff Attack Secrecy and U-Turns over BNFL Sale

Magazine article Public Finance

Nuclear Staff Attack Secrecy and U-Turns over BNFL Sale

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Whitehall's nuclear scientists have accused the government-owned company operating four of the UK's nuclear reactors of turning its proposed sale Into a secretive 'farce'.

The Prospect trade union, which represents 15,000 nuclear staff, this week told Public Finance that the government must quickly decide how K wants to sell British Nuclear Fuels Limited and its British Nuclear Group clean-up work - partially to prevent a loss of scarce expertise.

Prospect has accused the BNFL board of regular U-turns ovw how the company should be broken up. It claimed that the Openness and transparency we were promised [over the sale] bears no relation to the secretive process taking place'.

BNFL owns four of the UK's 12 nuclear plants and other facilities and services at sites such as Sellafield.

The state-owned company has long proposed a satep but ministers, board memueis and civil servants have not agreed whether the entire business should be solo, or broken up with services opened to global competition. …

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