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Rationality and Ritual: A Quarter-century Retrospect

Introduction: Nuclear prospects, human questions It is now 33 years since the occasion that forms the immediate subject of this book: the 1977 Windscale (Sellafield) public inquiry into the proposed thermal oxide nuclear fuels reprocessing plant, THORP. Since then Sellafield and THORP have become global bywords for controversy, mismanagement and misinformation over the nuclear fuel cycle’s most intensely problematic phase, plutonium (and uranium) extraction from spent reactor fuel.