Sellafield - health and environment issues

Last edited 31 May 2000 at 7:00am
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31 May, 2000

David Sumner

There are many reasons for being concerned about reprocessing, which taken together constitute a powerful case for its cessation. It is an uneconomic and unsustainable technology, which increases the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation. Its persistence in the UK seems to be due largely to the inertia of a long historical legacy, combined with fears of the withdrawal of Japanese investment and the loss of jobs at Sellafield.

Other writers are more qualified than I am to discuss these issues in more detail. My comments will be directed towards the question of discharges from reprocessing plants, and Sellafield in particular...

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