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Sellafield clean-up cost at £67.5 billion - new report

The cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site is £67.5 billion - and there is no indication when that will stop rising.

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If anyone wanted to look at the dangers of this proposal, the disaster occurring in Hanford USA as we speak should kill this argument stone dead. 6 underground containers are leaking radioactive material contaminating underground water courses with the potential to destroy the eco system of that area for 100 miles around it.

Posted by Craig on 23 February 2013 at 08:48

Yes A Hathaway...lets just dump Sellafield! To hell with all the waste and plants/processes that require decommissioning....surely they will just rot away over the next several thousand years? Why on earth were the govt thinking of an underground waste store and ploughing money into ridding us of the waste, when it's just as simple as dumping the idea?!?!
Even better, evryone can then take up the min wage tourism jobs and send the pesky eastern European workers packing.
As for the NHS, lets give them more £££ and we can forget about what they currently waste! Free gluten-free products for everyone!!! The staff can continue with their terrible sick records too (my wife works for the NHS and the amount of sickness astounds me....especially considering they are regarded as qualified/ professional people....who, generally in other industries have more work ethics than the shop floor labour)...but hey...all that extra cash will make it look like that doesn't happen for the next few years.


Posted by Bailey on 15 February 2013 at 07:14

Agree with Freddy but item 5, the revenue from duty may not cover the NHS cost of smoking & alcohol related illness.
The cost at Sillyfield will spiral over the coming years if the government keeps giving the money and getting nothing in return except paying americans large tax free salaries and getting projects that never deliver from contractors.

Posted by Angela on 13 February 2013 at 19:58

There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.
Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following
1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed
2) They MUST buy a new British car.
Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed
3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed
4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university -
Crime rate fixed
5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week .....
and there's your money back in duty/tax etc
It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their
falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

Posted by Freddy the Fish from Flimby on 13 February 2013 at 15:33

A Hathaway - The 67 billion pounds is to be spent over the next 100 years or so. The budget for Sellafield was about 1.5 billion pounds last year. The health service spend that amount of money in a few weeks.

Posted by Sarah on 13 February 2013 at 15:11

Shut it down, transport all the waste to India ( for £67 billion they will take your hand off ) and then concrete over Sellafield,and cover it with wind turbines job done.

Posted by steve on 12 February 2013 at 12:08

How about dumping Sellafield totally and giving the health service £67 billion - do you think they could make better use of it?

Posted by A Hathaway on 11 February 2013 at 08:17

Kenneth, you cannot use the price of decommissioning Sellafield as the benchmark for how much it will cost to decommission any of the new nuclear power stations. The cost of decommissioning Sellafield is the cost of decommissioning nearly all of the whole UKs nuclear industry dating back to its inception. Nuclear power stations (which Sellafield is not), are far simpler and cheaper to decommission.

Posted by Sarah on 10 February 2013 at 20:46

How on earth can nuclear power be a viable source of energy, with the cost of decommisioning still spiraling out of control. And how can we be trusted to safely look after other peoples nuclear waste after the fiasco at Sellafield?

Posted by Kenneth Dunk on 9 February 2013 at 14:55

If they dump it at Lillyhall as they have done it will cost a fraction of the 67.5 billion. Of course this was a mistake! One of many since Sellafield came into existance.
Many West Cumbrians had doubts when Sellafield was built in the 1950's and they were not wrong.
Sellafield helped the area regenerate but considering the lifetime of a person the benefits are short-lived and any future developments are empty promises.
Sort out the present problems created before crying for new ones as Jamie Reid & Elaine Woodburn are doing. They are elected to serve the people and this includes work opportunities. Time they thought "out of the box"

Posted by Cynical on 7 February 2013 at 18:56

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