TORNESS Nuclear power station has opened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America.
The power station unveiled its new visitor centre yesterday before taking guests on a guided walk of the power station – the first since 2001.
EDF Energy, which runs the facility, said it hoped to attract thousands of visitors, from East Lothian and across Scotland, as part of its commitment to increasing openness at nuclear power stations.
Station director Paul Winkle said the “grey box with a barbed wire fence” was an imposing sight for anyone passing it.
He said: “There’s a suspicion of ‘is it safe’ and ‘is it being run safely?’ These visitors coming gives us a way of demystifying that.”
Schoolchildren from Dunbar Grammar and East Linton Primary were invited to test the new education facilities at the official opening by MSP Iain Gray.
The former physics teacher said it demonstrated a “remarkable science” that the tours would allow people to appreciate first hand.
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