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Spending watchdog slams nuclear clean up

The Public Accounts Committee has slammed the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) record in cleaning up nuclear waste at Sellafield with the majority of its projects over budget or delayed, in a report released today.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said it was “unclear” how the NDA and site operator Sellafield Ltd plans to clean up the waste. She was also critical of NDA’s recent project management with 12 of the 14 projects either over budget or behind schedule.

“The NDA believes that its decommissioning plan is credible but it has not been sufficiently tested and uncertainties remain – not least around what precisely is in the waste that lies in the legacy ponds and silos,” said Hodge.

“Taxpayers are not getting a good deal from the Authority’s arrangement with Nuclear Management Partners. Last year the consortium was rewarded with £54 million in fees, despite only two out of 14 major projects being on track.”

Plans for decommissioning were also dealt a blow last week with Cumbria voting against hosting a geological disposal facility to house nuclear waste

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