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Sellafield to face prosecution for nuclear waste breach

Nuclear site operator Sellafield will face nine charges next month following alleged illegal nuclear waste dumping after joint action from the Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The regulators action follows an extensive investigation which has led to allegations that Sellafield sent and disposed of four bags of low-level radioactive waste from its site in West Cumbria, to Lillyhall landfill site, in nearby Workington, Cumbria, in 2010.

Sellafield faces nine charges, to be heard before Workington Magistrates Court on 12 December. Eight charges have been brought by the Environment Agency and one by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

The Environment Agency charges are brought under the Radioactive Substances Act and Environmental Permitting Regulations, while the Office for Nuclear Regulation charge is brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009.

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