Plans by the Ministry of Defence to rethink the disposal of radioactive waste from 27 defunct nuclear submarines have come under fierce fire from campaigners.
Plans to restart two cracked and ageing reactors at Hunterston in north Ayrshire have again been delayed as operators struggle to convince regulators they are safe.
Scottish ministers have the power to halt plans to dump nuclear waste on Aboriginal land in Australia which could breach human rights, according to government advisors.
Pressure is mounting to keep two nuclear power reactors at Hunterston in North Ayrshire closed after the company that runs them, EDF Energy, said that it had found more cracks and was again postponing plans to restart.
New cracks have been discovered in one of Scotland’s ageing nuclear reactors, raising radiation safety fears and resulting in a prolonged shutdown.
The nuclear industry is bidding to relax safety standards by doubling the number of cracks allowed in the radioactive cores of Scotland’s ageing reactors.