Union calls on government to check nuclear ‘scandal’

The Unite union has called on the government to investigate what it calls a ‘scandal’ involving the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Earlier this month, the High Court ruled the NDA “manipulated” […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Unite union has called on the government to investigate what it calls a ‘scandal’ involving the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Earlier this month, the High Court ruled the NDA “manipulated” and “fudged” a tender process for a £7 billion contract to clean up nuclear plants in the country.

The news followed the government’s decision to delay the final approval for Hinkley Point.

In a statement released, the union asked Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark to examine how the NDA conducted its affairs following the case.

According to Unite national Officer for Energy Kevin Coyne, the union “remains very concerned” about the implications of the High Court decision.

He added: “Greg Clark, who has energy in his ministerial portfolio, needs to launch an urgent investigation into the way the NDA conducts its affairs which, according to the High Court judgement, leaves much to be desired. Serious questions need to asked – and answered by the NDA management.

“These questions include the tortuous bidding system, the removal of a company, EnergySolutions that had done the job well for over 10 years and the cost implications which had been proven to be technically non-compliant.”

BEIS told ELN it “will of course be considering these matters very carefully”.