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Sellafield pleads guilty of nuclear waste breach

Nuclear site operator Sellafield Ltd this week pleaded guilty to sending four bags of radioactive waste to the wrong disposal facility.

The Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) are prosecuting the company after a monitor error caused general waste from controlled areas of the site to be sent to a landfill site instead of a low level waste repository.

“We have carried out a thorough investigation in partnership with the ONR and have already required  Sellafield Ltd to take action to ensure this does not happen again,” Environment Agency’s nuclear regulation manager Ian Parker.

“This work of decommissioning and clean-up of the site is a national priority and we will continue to work with Sellafield Ltd, fellow regulatiors and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to ensure that, in meeting this challenge, Sellafield Ltd maintains high standards of environmental performance to protect people and the environment.”

All four bags were retrieved and reassurance monitoring confirmed that no contamination was left at the site.

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