Nordic ministers issue new Sellafield protest

Reported rise in radioactive technetium levels in Arctic seas prompts joint letter to Tony Blair

Environment ministers from the five Nordic countries have today written a joint formal protest to British prime minister Tony Blair over continuing radioactive emissions from the nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, and expressing grave concern at prospective increases in permitted emissions levels.

The protest, formulated and agreed during a meeting of the Nordic Council in Ivalo, Finland, follows reports in the Norwegian media yesterday that increases in levels of technetium-99 have now been detected off the far northern coast of Norway, in the Arctic reaches of the Barents Sea and off Svalbard (Spitsbergen).

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