The UK Atomic Energy Authority faces prosecution by local landowner, Geoffrey Minter, for unauthorised dumping of irradiated nuclear fuel particles from Dounreay nuclear power station in Scotland. The authority is accused of covering up leaks but has admitted that 'at least several hundreds of thousands' of plutonium and uranium particles have been released from the plant. The £2.7bn decommissioning of Dounreay begins next month and is due to finish in 2036.
The Conservatives will privatise Dover harbour if they win the next general election. Shadow transport secretary Tim Yeo said the party would consider flotation, a management buyout or sale to a private company. An attempt in 1995 to sell the port, worth an estimated £150M, was abandoned after protests from ferry companies, unions and the singer, Vera Lynn.