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BNG fined for Sellafield radiation leak

British Nuclear Group (BNG) was fined £500,000 yesterday for the leak of 83,000l of radioactive material from its Thorp reprocessing plant.
Some 20t of Uranium and 160kg of plutonium escaped through a broken pipe and into sealed concrete containment, but went undetected for nine months because of a floating bobbin that became lodged in machinery, Carlisle Crown Court heard.The leak from Thorp, which reprocesses fuel from the later reactors for British and overseas customers, began in August 2004, but was not uncovered until April 2005.BNG had already received a £2M fine from the Nuclear Decomissioning Authority for the same incident.

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