The National Audit Office (NAO) stated these tanks pose “significant risks to people and the environment”. One official review published in The Lancet concluded that, at worst, an explosive release from the tanks could kill two million Britons and require the evacuation of an area reaching from Glasgow to Liverpool. These dangerous tanks have also been the subject of repeated complaints from Ireland and Norway who fear their countries could be contaminated if explosions or fires were to occur. In short, the practice of reprocessing at Sellafield has been and remains a monumental national disgrace.
Anti-nuclear.net 7th Sept 2016 read more »
Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen requires a response from the British government for the BBC’s revelations about the nuclear plant Sellafield. According to the British broadcaster ‘workforce at Sellafield on many occasions been far lower than the safety rules dictate. In addition, radioactive waste allegedly kept in plastic bottles in poor condition.– The information brings a concern, says Helgesen talking to news agency NTB. He has asked the Norwegian Radiation to investigate whether the information is correct. NRPA was in contact with the UK authorities on Tuesday to get more information about the case. Sellafield has long been a source of concern for Norwegian authorities, who have regular contact with the British authorities about the situation at the nuclear plant.
Norway Today 6th Sept 2016 read more »
A BBC documentary about the Sellafield nuclear site painted a negative picture of safety that “we do not recognise”, the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd said in a joint statement today. The documentary, which was broadcast in the UK last night, alleged there were a number of “potentially lethal” safety flaws at the site including radioactive chemicals stored in plastic bottles that should only ever have been used as short-term storage. The documentary makers said they had found more than 2,000 bottles with the toxic materials still on site. A former senior manager at the site, speaking anonymously, said his biggest fear for the site was for one of the nuclear waste silos to go up in flames. He said: “If there is a fire there it could generate a plume of radiological waste that will go across western Europe.” The NDA and Sellafield Ltd said in their statement: “Sellafield is safe, there is no question about that. Maintaining safety is the priority at Sellafield. Employees work around the clock every day to ensure that the site is safe today, tomorrow and in the future.”
Nucnet 6th Sept 2016 read more »
SINN Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has called on the Irish government to “convey the message” to the British government that the nuclear plant at Sellafield should close. The South Down MLA said the plant “is a danger and continues to be a threat”. Her comments follow a BBC Panorama report which highlighted potential risks at the nuclear fuel reprocessing site in the north of England.
Irish News 8th Sept 2016 read more »