Sellafield Ltd achieves the “most significant stride ever” in their clean-up mission. The entire bulk stocks of historic nuclear fuel are now removed from one of the site’s oldest ponds. The milestone came after decommissioning teams lifted the final skip of ‘metal fuel’ from the Pile Fuel Storage Pond via a remote-controlled process. Retrieval of the pond’s ‘canned fuel’ inventory was successfully completed in October 2015. The work means radioactivity levels at the 68-year-old spent fuel pond have now been cut by 70 per cent, vastly reducing the risk it poses to people and environment. The achievment is the most visible sign yet of progress in the NDA’s programme to clean-up the legacy of Britain’s early nuclear industry, which is set to continue for at least another 100 years. The removed fuel has been transferred to a modern storage building at Sellafield where it can be held in a far safer environment.
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