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Sellafield's Thorp plant to close

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Sellafield's Thorp plant to close Reply with quote

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The Independent - 07/06/12

A nuclear reprocessing site which has been in operation for 20 years is to close in 2018 after current contracts are completed, it was confirmed today.

The Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) at Sellafield in Cumbria, which employs up to 800 workers, was commissioned in the early 1990s.

The Prospect union said the news had come as a "great disappointment", adding that only a fraction of the existing workforce will remain during the clean-out phase prior to decommissioning.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't come soon enough.

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has been in operation for 20 years


Check with:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_Oxide_Reprocessing_Plant

The plant went into operation in August 1997, almost 15 years ago. It was closed for three years after a leak was discovered in 2005. Operation has been intermittent since then.

I don't know how that adds up to 'in operation for 20 years'.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Statement from Green Party:

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Today is a proud day for those who campaigned for years for the closure of the reprocessing plant.

The Green Party has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in the UK that the reprocessing of oxide fuel is to cease and that the THORP plant is to be decommissioned in 2018.

Cllr Mark Dearey, who in 1994 as one of 4 plaintiffs sought to injunct the opening of the facility on environmental and public health grounds, observed: "Last year only two new nuclear power plants started construction across the world, while some fifty times greater generating power was commissioned from renewable energy. This announced closure of the THORP Reprocessing Plant is one more sign that we are at the dusk of the nuclear age and the dawn of a cleaner energy future."

"This announcement has been on the cards for some time, but nonetheless it is a day to celebrate the ending of a misguided nuclear reprocessing project. The facility, which was designed to treat spent fuel, has been dogged by technical problems for most of its 18 years and its throughput is thousands of tonnes behind projections, leaving a backlog of spent fuel on site."

"The NDA, which the UK government set up in 2004 to preside over the 72 billion clean-up of all British atomic sites, was meant to be partly funded by income from reprocessing spent fuel and it is critical that any financial shortfall be addressed now."

"The Green Party has a proud record of critical opposition to the fundamental danger and unsustainability of the nuclear option and this is most evident in regard to reprocessing with its dual military and civil functions. We will continue to work for and support nuclear-free global energy solutions and for full scale nuclear disarmament," concluded Cllr Dearey.

Note: The 4 plaintiffs were known as STAD (Stop Thorp Alliance Dundalk) and were Mark Dearey, Ollan Herr, Mary Kavanagh and Constance Short. Mark and Mary are sitting Green Party Councillors, while Ollan is a former Green Party Councillor.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or put another way by the local lass http://spaceandspaceability.blogspot.co.uk/2012_06_01_archive.html
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