UK’s nuclear facility Sellafield in a shockingly dangerous state

Shocking state of world’s riskiest nuclear waste site New Scientist 21 January 2015 by Fred PearceURGENT clean-up of two of the world’s most dangerous radioactive waste stores will be delayed by at least five years, despite growing safety fears.

  • The waste is stored at the UK’s Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site, which holds radioactive waste dating back to the dawn of the nuclear age. An accident at the derelict site could release radioactive materials into the air over the UK and beyond…….
  • the exact contents of the ponds are unclear, says Paul Howarth, managing director of the government-owned National Nuclear Laboratory at Sellafield. “We have to do a lot of R&D just to characterise the inventory, before we can work out how to retrieve the materials.”And the problem is just going to get worse. When plants are decommissioned in the future, waste will still be sent to Sellafield. ……..http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530053.800-shocking-state-of-worlds-riskiest-nuclear-waste-site.html#.VMGDudKUcnk

 

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