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Brexit Britain May Have a Nuclear Fuel Problem

  • U.K. leaving EU atomic rules may snarl fuel shipments
  • Quitting Euratom seen disrupting commerical ties beyond the EU
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Britain’s decision to leave the Europe Union is raising risks for 66,000 workers in the nuclear power industry and threatening to disrupt the flow of atomic fuel across international borders.

The government in deciding to quit the EU also plans to pull out of the continent’s 60-year-old nuclear safety and research organization, according to a Feb. 2 policy paper from Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration. Industry officials say leaving the European Atomic Community, or Euratom, would require the U.K. to spend years replicating rules and international agreements needed to trade radioactive materials with other nations.