Top military chiefs have been blasted for keeping the public in the dark over their Sellafield plans – and warned of the consequences of their continued secrecy. The site has a contract to manage and treat historic waste, including weapons grade Plutonium as well as the legacy of nuclear subs, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. But councillors and industry bosses have expressed “frustration” at the MoD’s apparent unwillingness to discuss details of their future involvement on the site with the wider community. Copeland council’s nuclear portfolio-holder David Moore has written to MoD top brass to give them a shot across the bow over their lack of public engagement. The move comes after MoD representatives were twice due to meet the West Cumbria Sites Stakeholder Group only to cancel twice – the second time at very last minute. However, it is understood that the project team were given very short notice of the invite to the last meeting and had to withdraw because they did not have enough time to prepare.
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A TOP-LEVEL report setting out key nuclear milestones nationwide will be used as template for Sellafield to compile their own version. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) published its Mission Progress Report last month to shows what has been achieved so far and what is still left to do. But the document released on July 4 provides an overview of the picture nationwide whereas the Sellafield version now underway will be site-specific. Copeland Council’s Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board (SNEB) heard the company had “just started working” on their own document which will give a much more localised picture of the process. It is hoped that using the Government department’s report as a “baseline” will help “standardise” the way the data is presented, making progress on clean-up in Cumbria easier to chart. Work on the NDA document started around two years ago, with representatives describing it as an effort to “simplify a very complex story” and to make the information more “accessible”. The report sets out several key milestones with the removal of Magnox fuel and the completion of re-processing work among the important targets, with the NDA due to complete its mission by 2025.
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