Green light for UK nuclear fuel plant

Environmentalists threaten legal action as government backs Mox facility operation

The UK government today approved operation of the controversial mixed oxide (Mox) nuclear fuel manufacturing plant at Sellafield, drawing immediate threats of legal action by environmental groups.

Designed to turn uranium and plutonium from spent fuel into new reactor rods, the Mox plant was completed in 1996 but never started. Operator BNFL has been fighting an increasingly bitter battle to win operating approval since its commercial reputation was savaged in 1999 by a data falsification scandal (EED 18/02/00).

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