The decommissioned site at Bradwell, Essex, is the first in the country to enter care and maintenance (C&M) status. It is a major milestone in the clearance of the 60-year-old site, which stopped operating in 2002. Richard Harrington, the minister for nuclear power, said the news marked a “welcome chapter” in Bradwell’s “environmental clean-up journey”. The two Magnox-type reactors at Bradwell were brought into service in 1962. Both have now been defuelled, decommissioned and covered in weatherproof cladding to create “safe stores” where waste will be kept for around 70 years to allow any radiation to decay naturally. After that, the site can be cleared.
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