Overhaul proposed for Sellafield discharge rules

More careful monitoring, management, of radioactive discharges central focus of Anglo-Welsh EPA plan

The Anglo-Welsh environment agency has proposed significantly cutting radioactive discharge limits for the Sellafield nuclear complex in north west England. The new rules would have few immediate effects since the plant's releases of most radionuclides are much lower than its current permits allow.

At a more detailed level, the agency proposes a host of changes to the rules, including cuts of up to 80% in radionuclide-specific discharge limits and new monitoring and reporting requirements. In particular, the agency is looking to move away from aggregate discharge limits to more targeted controls on individual plants and processes.

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