UK nuclear reprocessing plant faces closure

Unconfirmed reports that British nuclear firm BNFL will end nuclear reprocessing operations at its Thorp plant in Sellafield by 2010 appeared this week in the UK press. The plant was expected to operate for 25-30 years from its completion in 1994. But the fate of nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield has been repeatedly called into question by a combination of financial difficulties and government policy choices, as well as strong protest from the Irish and Norwegian governments over its environmental impact. See articles in The Guardian, BBC News, FT and BNFL press release.

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