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This article examines the various proposals to use technology to ameliorate the impact of the power station on its central London location. A range of organisations and individuals took an interest in this high profile project yet the developers either resisted, or were forced to deploy, technology despite concerns about cost and effectiveness.

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The article demonstrates the active role of the British state in industrial and scientific research in the immediate post war period. It shows how perceptions of the power station shifted because of the improving air and river quality in London during the late 1950s to the late 1970s.

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This page is a summary of: The Politics and Economics of Technology: Bankside Power Station and the Environment, 1945–81, The London Journal, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2019.1583454.
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