Sellafield technetium emissions "soon to end"

Discharges of radioactive technetium-99 from the UK's Sellafield nuclear plant could end soon, according to Norwegian NGO Bellona. The group quotes an Anglo-Welsh environment agency official as saying that trials on a special cleaning technology have been a success (EED 11/12/02). This would remove the need for periodic discharges, which have led to the isotope being detected all over the North Atlantic. Official pressure has been mounting on Britain to end technetium discharges (EED 16/05/03). An Anglo-Norwegian conference is due next month in London. See Bellona press release.

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