Public Perception of New Nuclear Power in the UK

Mack, Anna Marie (2013) Public Perception of New Nuclear Power in the UK. [Dissertation]

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Public perception of nuclear power in the UK tends to be mixed. Negative aspects often stem from the controversial issues involved in the nuclear industry such as; radioactive waste management, safety concerns following past accidents and a general mistrust of the industry as a whole. In contrast, positive aspects include energy security, employment, helping to reach emissions targets and a reduction in imports. In addition to this the shift towards new nuclear under UK government policy in recent years could produce a positive opinion. This study will examine public perceptions of new nuclear power stations in the UK as well as perceptions of nuclear power compares to other energy sources. Perceptions may vary in different locations of the UK due to proximity to current power stations and proposed sites. There may also be a difference between demographics such as age. Results showed that public perception of new nuclear is varied with participants accepting the benefits of nuclear power whilst also being wary of the risks and potential hazards.

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