Germany bans Sellafield nuclear fuel

Trittin calls for further safety reassurances, in further blow for UK nuclear business

Germany will not permit further imports of mixed oxide nuclear fuel from the UK's Sellafield plant until further notice, environment minister Jürgen Trittin said yesterday.

The action comes after news yesterday that "safety standards in the plant had deliberately been circumvented," the statement said. There have been press reports that the procedure for measuring fuel pellet diameter at three points had been adapted with the measuring points being moved after some pellets turned out to be "vase-shaped" rather than cylindrical.

Mr Trittin has called senior Sellafield executives to a meeting next week and said that "all doubts about the reliability of BNFL as operator of the plant have to be dismissed before the ban could be lifted".

Germany is following Japan's lead (ENDS Daily 24 February) in stopping Mox imports after quality control documentation was found to have been falsified. BNFL was given two months by the UK nuclear inspectorate to develop an action plan to improve standards at the Sellafield plant.

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German environment ministry, tel: +49 30 285 500.

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