UK rejected Irish minister’s nuclear power complaints. In 1987 Ray Burke, then environment minister, received a firm reply from his British counterpart after calling for the closure of the Sellafield nuclear processing plant. State papers showed that Peter Walker, the UK energy secretary, rejected what he claimed were the Fianna Fáil TD’s unfounded allegations about the safety of British nuclear energy facilities, including Sellafield. Walker, who died in 2010, said that the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the British nuclear watchdog at the time, was satisfied that closure of the plant would be “out of all proportion to the very low risks which arose from a few minor incidents”. Mr Burke wrote to Walker on March 24, 1987 to raise concerns about the threat posed to Irish citizens by nuclear installations in Britain. He also criticised the British government’s decision to proceed with the construction of another nuclear reactor at Sizewell in Suffolk given the number of incidents at British nuclear plants.
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