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Dream that ran out of energy; DOUNREAY: THE ATOMIC DREAM FRIDAY, BBC2, 10pm.

IT WAS hailed as a bright new dawn for a sleepy Scottish village - now it's a costly Marie Celeste.

Fifty years ago a project began in the North of Scotland that was to push back the frontiers of science.

The men behind it were driven by a dream - to generate limitless energy.

The Dounreay Fast Reactor was the most-advanced nuclear reactor in the world. Suddenly, the quiet fishing and farming county of Caithness was at the forefront of atomic research. And the population almost trebled overnight as a flood of engineers and scientists arrived.

The technology proved a success. But the atom plant has been plagued with problems.

Today, the dream has turned sour. Dounreay has ceased operation and is being dismantled. The clean-up operation will take over 30 years at a cost of nearly pounds 3billion.

This is the story of the rise and fall of a daring experiment into atomic energy.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 25, 2006
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