Regulators react to UK nuclear accident

A spill of 20 tonnes of highly radioactive material within Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant has sparked concern in several neighbouring countries. The pipework failure at Sellafield's Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant happened on 22 April but did not become widely known until UK newspapers reported it on Sunday. On Monday, the German and Norwegian environment ministers both demanded more information. Ireland's environment minister said the incident vindicated his country's campaign for Sellafield to be closed. The accident has forced Thorp to stop operating. See statements from Ireland: 22 April and 10 May; Germany, and Norway.

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