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MP says Sellafield is Europe's ‘biggest nuclear slum’

A veteran MP has launched a withering attack on the Sellafield nuclear plant, calling it “the biggest nuclear slum in Europe”.

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Labour and Tory Governments are both at fault, they sold Sellafield down the river, and because of that they are now trying to force the underground dump onto West Cumbria,a geo area that is unsuitable for deep storage... so get back to some of those worthy MP's and check out their backyards for it.

Posted by Clive on 4 December 2012 at 20:18

It's ironic how Sellafields getting a kicking from the government for being such a burden on the taxpayer. Shouldn't the government have spent a bit more time focussing their attention on how the site was run if it's such a huge overhead? Or is it like the banks where they turn their backs on it and hope it will sort itself out!! This is just one example of how the government are completely out of touch with the rest of the UK, do any of these MP's actually have a clue what goes on at the site, and the history behind the legacy problems associated? Obviously not. It was government and MOD activities in 50's which left the site with the problems which attribute it to being a so called "nuclear slum". The plants and facilities constructed in recent years are well run and safe.

Posted by D on 3 December 2012 at 11:35

For that amount of money, Mr Todd Wright could afford to buy outright a half a million £ house every year, then actually stop at Storrs Hall (B&B best room £122k)and I suppose anything that's left he could plough into his retirement pension.

I wish I was a million behind him . . .

Posted by Derek on 2 December 2012 at 13:08

Tiredness is one of the first effects of radiation poisoning

Posted by Shaun on 2 December 2012 at 02:18

Here we go again. Another Sellafield story and the usual rubbish appears about overpaid, skiving workers who wouldn't survive in the real world. Of those who make these comments how many actually live in the real world? Having worked in the so called real world for many years and now for Sellafield Limited I have found on average that the Sellafield workforce work hard and try their best in very challenging situations. There are just as many shirkers in the so called real world. A fact of human behaviour I am afraid. But lets get to the real point here. The NOA are critical of the money that has been wasted. Regardless of how much money SL have said they have saved, on the other hand they have lost that and more on badly managed projects. There is only one body to blame ultimately and that is NMP. They at the end of the day are accountable. I will be very surprised if NMP continue with their reachback policy after this. The NDA and government need to radically rethink who should run Sellafield. The current model does not work and results in large amounts of tax payers money going over the pond instead of being kept within the UK economy. I also find it hard to believe that the NDA allow NMP executives and reachback employees to claim back everything they spend....and I mean everything. Let us hope the PAC have the balls to make radical recommendations and that the Government will act....but if you look at their response to the phone hacking enquiry then I am sad to say it will ultimately mean business as usual.

Posted by pete on 1 December 2012 at 23:06

Am in two minds about Calder Hall, Windscale and Sellafeild.
The fire exposed me to dangerous nuclear particles, the lies about how Chernobyl just happened to affect an area downwind of the plant(s) but were not to blame, pollution of the Irish Sea and the constant changing of the dosage names and levels that are supposed to be safe.
Then there is the advances made in the types of reactors, that are becoming more efficient and smaller in size. The gas perculation methodology and it's role in weapons production -am in favour of nuclear weapons-, the money generated by reprocessing waste from all around the World, including the former Soviet Union. All of this, makes me more than a little proud of our little 'dump'. I echo what others have said about people being ill-informed about the work that goes on there and the management have nobody to blame but themselves for that issue. It may have to have some of the core elements shrouded behind a curtain of secrecy but it is possible to make people more aware of what is going on without being so specific as to give away both trade and national secrets. By simply drawing two concentric circles in the car park, you can give an impression of how a reactor has shrunk and maintained a lot of it's output. The outer one being the old model and the smaller representing that which powers a nuclear submarine and I'm proud of that piece of kit.
When they mentioned Thorium Oxide in relation to the plant, I thought that we were going to go towards really brave new World, where energy was produced without making nuclear weapons. (For those that don't know, Thorium is more abundant than Uranium and can't be easily used to make weapons, this is why nobody wants to use it, I suspect.) Yet we gave that up.
All in all, I hope that they don't close the place down and, with better external oversight, we can begin to gain a better reputation than the one given, to become something that we are even more proud of in the future.
My thanks to all of those whom have filled me with my sense of pride in what is our dump and them 'off-comers' that don't know nowt, should learn to keep your sneck out! If they come asking, just tell them that which was told me, when I asked what they did... they make wigwams, for meddlers!

Posted by Woolywords on 1 December 2012 at 05:28

yawn...

Posted by Tony Lopez on 30 November 2012 at 15:12

I'd say fifty percent of Sellafield 'electricians' would struggle to wire a plug and about the same perecnt of fitters would stuggle with a simple mechanical task. Life in the bubble eh! No I'm not jealous!

Posted by Richard on 30 November 2012 at 14:45

Rik, if you don't think it's a fact then a simple google search should set your mind at rest. It's widely accepted as fact. I was citing the link as a good place to go for a basic grasp of the situation, with links for further reading. But obviously Wikipedia shouldn't be taken as God's truth in every case Rik no.

Posted by Shaun on 30 November 2012 at 02:28

@ rik ,
PLEASE do not quote Sellafield as fact!
it is well known by even my 8 year old Sellafield can be manipulated by ANYONE who uses it....

Posted by The honest Critic on 30 November 2012 at 01:09

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