Nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield has been under increasing political pressure since last year's revelation that its workers falsified safety records for reprocessed nuclear fuel pellets. Earlier this year, Denmark launched a move to outlaw reprocessing in Europe under the Ospar convention on protection of the north-east Atlantic, and was quickly backed by Ireland (ENDS Daily 28 March). Greenpeace said today that Norway's environment minister Siri Bjerke had offered support to Denmark in a letter to the group.
Meanwhile, the head of leading UK power generator British Energy today distanced his firm from reprocessing at Sellafield in a newspaper interview. The UK£300m (euros 515m) paid to BNFL last year for reprocessing would have been cut to UK£100m if the spent fuel had been stored instead, Peter Hollins told the Independent newspaper. British Energy has nuclear fuel reprocessing contracts worth UK£4bn with BNFL.
Greenpeace UK, tel: +44 78 65 81 00; Independent, and 11 May article.
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