UK nuclear fuel plant wins EU backing

Waste from a mixed oxide (Mox) nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield, England is "not liable to result in [significant] radioactive contamination" of any other EU member state, the European Commission has decided. The opinion, delivered under the EU's Euratom treaty, is a blow to attempts by Ireland to block the plant. Last year the UN's international tribunal for the law of the sea rejected an Irish government bid to prevent it being started up (EED 03/12/01). Another lawsuit, brought by Ireland under the Ospar convention, is currently underway (EED 22/10/02). See Commission opinion.

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